JCA scores homecoming victory
by Matthew Tyson
Special to The Star
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JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Christian Academy Thunder celebrated homecoming Friday by gaining 502 yards of offense and beating the Alabama School for the Deaf 53-18.

It marked the third win of the season for the Thunder.

Senior running back Cody Blohm led JCA in rushing with 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns. JCA rushed for 352.

“I thought it was a well-rounded team effort,” Thunder head coach Tommy Miller said.

Daylon Brackett, who gained more than 500 combined yards the previous week passing and rushing, turned in another solid effort. He rushed for 91 yards on three carries and passed for 150.

“Daylon had his normal game,” Miller said.

The Silent Warriors drew first blood early in the first after a recovered fumble led to a touchdown drive from sophomore running back Anthony Scott and a 6-0 lead.

Jacksonville Christian answered immediately on its next possession. Blohm exploded out of the backfield for a 42-yard run. The next play Blohm took the ball again and scored.

A turnover on downs for ASD quickly put the ball back in Thunder’s hands. A long drive carried over into the second quarter and ended with another six points from Blohm.

ASD was unable to score for the remainder of the half, but Jacksonville Christian filled up the quarter with a series of impressive plays and touchdowns.

Junior wide receiver Justin Armprester scored on a 20-yard pass reception. Senior running back Dakota Crook caught a bullet pass for a 25-yard touchdown run. Brackett put up six more points with a 74-yard quarterback keeper, and Armprester scored again at the end of the half with an interception return for a touchdown.

The Thunder led at half time 41-6.

The start of the second half saw some younger players on the field for Jacksonville Christian. The Thunder received to start the third, and after a long drive downfield, Freshman Jaden Mitchell carried the ball into the end zone.

The Warriors managed to put two more on the board in the fourth, as both touchdowns came from Scott. ASD attempted a 2-point conversion both times, but were unsuccessful.

The final touchdown of the game went to the Thunder. Armprester returned the kickoff from the 10-yard-line, resulting in a 90-yard touchdown run.

“We got started off pretty slow,” Miller said. “But fortunately we woke up.”

Miller mentioned Blohm’s effort, citing this as one of his best games.

Will Parris and Tyler Morales, both seniors, stood out on the JCA defense. Parris had a total for 10 tackles, two behind the line, and one sack. Morales had seven tackles and one sack.
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