Big first half sends Varnado Wildcats to second-straight win

Published 4:01 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Varnado’s Nick Darden ran for 178 yards, and D.J. Jefferson completed all six of his passes and threw three touchdowns, two to Delrick Abrams, in a 42-6 win over Haynes Academy Friday at Jefferson Playground.

Darden had the 178 yards on just six attempts, and he scored a touchdown on a 70-yard run. He also made five tackles and intercepted a pass. Jefferson threw for 124 yards.Varnado (4-4), which has outscored its last two opponents 72-8 in the first half, jumped out to a 36-0 halftime advantage.

The scoring began when Tyrandis Crosby tallied on a 20-yard run to make it 6-0.

Jefferson then hit Abrams for 21 yards, extending the score to 12-0.

Wilbert Gray tallied on a one-yard run for the Wildcats, and the extra point by Nicholas Blackburn was good, putting VHS up, 19-0.

The Wildcats put up one more touchdown in the first period, with Jefferson and Abrams teaming up on another TD pass, this one from 32-yards out, and the PAT by Blackburn was good once again for a 26-0 lead through one. Jefferson and Armontee Kemp opened the scoring in the second period, hooking up on a 10-yard pass, and the PAT by Blackburn made it 33-0.

Blackburn split the uprights on a 21-yard field goal, making it 36-0 by halftime.

Darden’s touchdown was in the third quarter, giving VHS a 42-0 lead through three quarters.

Defensively, Dearius Parker led the Wildcats with 10 tackles. Damon Kirsch finished with eight stops, while Ardale McGowan had seven and Andre Jones added five tackles in the victory.

VHS coach Scott Shaffett said the Wildcats are playing some exciting football.

“It’s fun to watch them play because they’re enjoying it. They’re playing fast, and they’re making plays,” Shaffett said. “The defense is doing a great job of keeping opponents out of end zone.”

The Wildcats went 2-1 on the road trip and are going for their third-straight when they play Southern Lab at home Friday.

The following week is a home game against Madison Prep for the regular season finale.

The final two games are in District 6-1A play for the Wildcats.