After starting 3-1, the Lee Volunteers have fallen flat on their backs, and after Friday night’s game, they have a lot to work on.
Johnson Jaguars quarterback Hunter Rittiman was 10-13 for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Jaguars started fast and never looked back on their way to a 63-14 win at Heroes Stadium on Friday night.
The loss, their fifth straight; eliminates the Vols (3-6) from playoff contention and clinches a playoff spot for Johnson (7-2).
“This is a very tough loss to take. We hope to close the season out with a win next week.” head coach Danny Kolza said.
The Vols bad luck began on the opening possession, as Nick Lugo (12-22 117 yards 1 td 1 int) threw an interception, and the Jags turned that into a Braedon Williams 11-yard touchdown to put the Jaguars up 7-0.
Eighteen seconds later, Johnson led 14-0 after a Vols fumble was turned into a 23 yard touchdown pass to Delvin Gilligin 23 yard touchdown reception, and the rout was on. In fact, it was just getting started.
A Darion McElhannon 3-yard touchdown run put the Jaguars up 21-0 at the end of the 1st quarter; adding to the Vols struggles on defense during this losing streak. The onslaught was only starting as Rittman scored from 3 yards out to put Johnson up 28-0.
Two more rushing touchdowns later, the Johnson Jaguars were up 42-0 at halftime; and the game was pretty much over. Frustration was clearly setting on Lee. They had given up 42 points in the first half, and had not forced a single punt.
On the bright side, the Vols once again avoided the shutout. Down 56-0 in the fourth quarter, Nick Lugo scored on a 2 yard QB sneak, then after a recovered onside kick, Lugo threw a 36 yard touchdown to Chris Adams.
The Lee Volunteers will wrap up their season on local television this Thursday when they host the rival Churchill Chargers on CW35’s “Thursday Night Lights” at Heroes Stadium. The Vols want everyone out as they look to close the season on a high note.