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Jaguars fall 34-8 at May River

  • Barb Farley/For Jasper County Sun Times May River and Ridgeland-Hardeeville fight for a loose ball Friday.
  • Barb Farley/For Jasper County Sun Times Melvin Livermon runs for a touchdown in Friday’s 38-4 win over the Jaguars.

All the May River High football team wanted was a big win on homecoming night. In just the program’s second year of existence, victories have been few and far between.

The Sharks were not intimidated by the big stage and used a strong rushing attack to down Ridgeland-Hardeeville 34-8 on Friday.

Head coach Rodney Summers said adding another win and sharing it with alumni on such a special night is priceless.

“Every week is important, but this one is special because you have guys that came back that played here last year,” Summers said.

“It was nice of those guys to come back and share this experience with us.”

The victory was also significant in that the Rivalry Bowl Trophy was up for grabs. Summers said it felt great to add a piece of hardware to the trophy case.

“Today I looked at the scores from last year’s games and we’ve really come a long way,” Summers said. “Our record just hasn’t shown it. We really felt like we had this game on paper, as well as offensively and defensively.”

And to put the icing on the cake, the Sharks’ defense played lights out, with an interception and pass break-up by Mason Krout and a 49-yard fumble return by Ridge Dowe.

Summers was hoping for a shutout but wanted some of his younger players to get experience.

“Hats off to Ridgeland,” Summers said. “They played a really great game, I think their time of possession was longer than ours and they had some really good running plays. They converted the ball on third and fourth down and kept the ball out of our hands.”

The Sharks drew first blood on an 8-yard touchdown run courtesy of Cam Adams.

With less than two minutes to play before halftime, quarterback Ahmad Green connected with Melvin Livermon from 37 yards out to break a scoring drought.

The Jaguars scored late in the fourth quarter and the Sharks added a late touchdown run by Abimael Clemente to secure the victory.

Despite the win, the offensive production was shaky at times and Summers is hoping his team will iron out the kinks in practice.

“We are still messing up on a few assignments, not blocking a guy here or there,” Summers said. “We’ve got to limit penalties and we’ve got to make sure we’re not messing up our assignments.”

Green was awarded the MVP trophy for his performance. For a freshman learning the ropes in SCHSL Class AAA ball, Summers is proud of the way he’s played thus far.

“We knew last year that he was going to be special as an eighth-grader,” Summers said. “We looked forward to having him. He’s done everything we’ve asked. He studies the game and he learns it. Expect big things from him in the next four years.”

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