DANVILLE – In just 24 minutes of play, Jersey Shore football racked up 37 points, 297 total yards, one interception and limited Milton’s offense to 128 yards to keep the clock running on Friday.
In the first six games of the season, the Bulldogs outscored their opponents 232-55. That figure was bolstered by a 62-7 victory over the Black Panthers at Alumni Stadium.
The points differential over the season starts with the guys up front.
“It’s our offensive line, mainly”, Jersey Shore senior Conner Davis said. “Just keep pounding the rock and whatever we can do to get this clock to work in the second half, we want to do it.”
Davis has replaced the offensive line, but he’s in his element as a defensive end. Late in the second quarter, Davis intercepted an inclined pass to put Jersey Shore (7-0) in the red zone. The Bulldogs conceded a run away from Elijah Jordan for a score.
Peyton Samar also set up the Bulldogs’ offense with a 38-yard pick late in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a 14-yard leak into the end zone for Nicholas Williams.
For a while, Milton (5-2) quarterback Xzavier Minium enjoyed success behind his offensive line with keepers in the middle for big wins.
“We have gone off the rails a bit in some of our positions” Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish said. “We didn’t come down and take advantage of football. We’ve made a few tweaks, not tweaks, just little reminders of what we need to do to benefit from football. “
This leverage came with more three-and-outs for the remainder of the first half.
The Bulldogs scored from all six of their possessions in the first half. Junior receiver Kooper Peacock caught a 22-yard pass on broken play to cap the Jersey Shore opener in eight games and 59 yards.
Peacock scored his second touchdown in the next practice via a 5-yard reaction sweep, followed by a 43-yard field goal from Breck Miller. Peacock had a hat trick before halftime with a 42-yard reception. He also did a two-point conversion reception.
“We have really improved our line blocking” said Gravish. “We made some big games, we motorized them and we went on scooters. “
Senior Cayden Hess tied his jersey number with a 24-yard connection from junior quarterback Brady Jordan. Elijah Jordan converted in the end zone in the 4th and 2nd to help the Bulldogs take a 37-0 lead.
Different players have been completed to gain experience once the substantial cushion has been obtained. The Bulldogs threw everything against the wall and tried to see what would stick. Davis included.
“I feel like we’ve all worked hard and coach Gravish taught me everything. Davis said. “Coach Jackson too. We keep hammering the rock and it will shatter someday.
Milton didn’t make his first save until Jersey Shore’s first practice in the second quarter with an interception from Ashton Krall. For a while, the Black Panthers tightened their defense and limited the Bulldogs to another Miller field goal at 27 yards.
Whatever faint signs of momentum there were for Milton, they quickly pulled away once the Black Panthers came out in three and Brady Jordan walked 52 yards to the house on a keeper to put end of another two-game workout.
Short trips of two or three games that end in the end zone are quite common for Bulldogs. Gravish said his guys know where they need to be and what works best for them.
“I think the children know what their best plays are, their routes”, said Gravish.
The last play of the third quarter was a fumble on Milton recovered by Jersey Shore. The first play of the fourth quarter was a 10-yard touchdown for Gabe Andrus.
With nine minutes remaining, the Black Panthers finally entered the board with a 13-yard run from Brady Wolfe.
The next hit on the radar for the Bulldogs is significant in the form of defending District 4 AAA champion Danville. Jersey Shore, despite its schedule, is not taking the next week lightly.
“We’ve been saying for a few weeks now, ‘Hey, it’s like a playoff (game). It’s a playoff atmosphere ”, said Gravish. “We’re training (and) treating it like it’s a playoff game and it won’t be any different this week. We are only focusing on Danville.