Friday, October 20, 2017
Maconaquah High School
The Jimtown Jimmies ended Maconaquah’s football season Friday night by claiming a
hard-earned 20-7 IHSAA Sectional 27 playoff victory. The Braves finished an injury-plagued season with an 2-8 record, while four-time state champ Jimtown advances next week with a 5-5 slate.
After both teams traded punches in a 7-7 deadlock at halftime, Jimtown took the second half kick and gobbled up over five minutes of clock and marched from their own 20 to Maconaquah’s 20 before Zack Bullock’s interception on fourth down halted a go-ahead score.
The hosts took over on their own six and moved out to the 27 before being stopped on a third-and-five. The momentum quickly changed on the next play as Nic Fann fielded Ethan Larason’s 42-yard punt on his own 31, skirted to his right and stunned the Brave faithful with an electrifying 69-yard TD return down the Jimmie sideline.
Trailing 14-7, another MHS drive stalled and Larason responded with a booming 66-yard punt through the endzone. It was the third-longest punt in Maconaquah history. Jimtown was halted by the Brave defense on its next two possessions, but got the ball back with 3:09 left in the game after picking off a Brave pass.
It took the Jimmies only four plays to hit paydirt and stretch the lead to 20-7 as quarterback Clay Campbell plowed in from a yard out with 1:43 remaining.
The Braves quickly moved to midfield on three Nolan Kelly completions. A nifty flea-flicker and another completion got Maconaquah to the 31 before two incompletions
gave the ball back to Jimtown with a mere 15 ticks left on the clock.
Sophomore Braiden Walton led the MHS rushing attack with 60 yards on 22 carries, while Collin Silvers provided backup with 45 yards on 11 totes. Kelly finished with 8 of 20 accuracy with Silvers and Braxton Dewey each grabbing three of the passes.
Aaron McKinley topped the tackle charts with eight stops, but got support from Jake Hamilton, Aaron Sedwick, Adam Bowman and Silvers throughout the contest.