Big day by Johnson helps Cavies earn JFL
Scoring five touchdowns in any competitive football competition is quite an achievement.
Carlinville eighth grader Jahraven Johnson rushed for four touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as Carlinville downed Gillespie 42-26 Saturday afternoon at Carlinville in the season opener for each squad.
The two teams each won two games, with Carlinville also winning the sixth grade contest. Gillespie was a winner in the fifth and seventh grade contests.
The eighth grade game was strolling along until a wild fourth quarter in which each team scored three times in about a six and a half minute span.
After a scoreless first quarter, Gillespie struck first on a 90-yard interception return just 52 seconds into the second quarter.
The Mustangs led 6-0 but would be short lived. The Cavies scored 22 unanswered to end the half.
Johnson scored from 37 yards out and then added a 26-yard touchdown for a 14-6 lead with 2:41 left in the half.
A turnover hurt Gillespie as Carlinville was able to turn it into more points. Johnson hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass from Briley Roper. Roper completed a two-point conversion pass to Aidan Naugle and a 22-6 Carlinville lead at the half.
Neither team was able to score in the third quarter, and the fourth quarter proved to be a wild affair.
A 25-yard touchdown pass got Gillespie back in the contest, down just 22-12 with 7:53 left in the game.
The Cavies responded with another drive and Johnson’s 20-yard scamper for a score made it 28-12 with 5:16 remaining.
The Mustangs hooked up on another pass play, a juggling catch and run of 45 yards, plus a two-point conversion, made it a one-possession game at 28-20 with 3:45 left in the game.
Carlinville appeared to put the game away with Johnson’s fifth touchdown of the game, this time from 52 yards out, and with 1:55 left in the game, it was 34-20.
But Gillespie had other ideas, as they returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to make it 34-26 with 1:39 left in the game.
But Hunter Robinson countered with a 52-yard kickoff return of his own, setting up the Cavaliers for heir final score of the game.
Colton DeLong scored from nine yards out. Roper caught a two-point conversion pass from Michael Byots to make the final score 42-26.
Gillespie scored in each quarter and withheld a late comeback from Carlinville in a 24-14 Mustangs victory.
The Mustangs took a 6-0 lead on a short touchdown run in the first quarter.
Carlinville was hampered by turnovers in the first half, and the Mustangs scored on a 19-yard run with 3:02 left in the half to go up 12-0 at intermission.
Gillespie opened the second half with a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and the Mustangs held a lead of 18-0 just 13 seconds into the second half.
The Cavies finally found some offense, scoring 14 unanswered in the third to trim the lead down to 18-14.
Having been denied a six-yard touchdown a play earlier by penalty, Dustin Roberts scored from 11 yards out on the next play to make it an 18-6 game.
Four minutes later, Chase Michaelis got around the left end, rumbling down the left side of the field for a 72-yard touchdown run. Aiden Tosh completed the two-point conversion pass to Devon Passalacqua to make 18-14 with 1:31 left in he third quarter.
The Cavaliers got the ball back with a chance to gain the lead but never dented the end zone.
Gillespie added a 31-yard touchdown run with 5:06 left in the contest for good measure, an insurance score to make the final 24-14.
Carlinville lost the fifth grade game to Gillespie 30-22 to start off the quadruple-header.
The sixth grade game saw Carlinville bolt out to a 14-0 halftime lead and scored twice in a 13-second span of the third quarter to win a 28-0 decision.
Jake Eglehoff’s 79-yard touchdown run in the third quarter preceded a 45-yard fumble recover for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff by the Cavie’s Michael Stahl.
The Carlinville squads have a bye week next week. The teams will travel to Vandalia on Aug. 22.