East Gadsden High School’s Jaguars couldn’t have asked for a better homecoming night – brisk, chilly air, royalty crowned and a victory over FAMU High.
The final score was 21-6, with the Jags taking their first win of the regular season and amping their record to 2-5 overall.
But the win didn’t come without trouble. Early on in the second quarter, running back Montez Fryson suffered a knee injury, taking him out for the rest of the game. Prior to the injury, Fryson had racked up 60 yards rushing and a TD.
Fryson’s absence from the game pushed Jarrell Reynolds and Darious Johnson into leadership, and the duo more than delivered. Reynolds scored a TD and ran for 44 yards, while Johnson tallied 22 rushing yards.
Jags quarterback Donterrious Payne completed three of his four passes, including a 24-yarder to Cedrick Akins, which Akins ran in for a touchdown. Payne threw for 28 yards on the ground.
Fryson has run for an average of 85 yards on the season.
The Jags’ defense held FAMU’s Rattlers to 144 total yards, and the Rattlers’ only turnover of the game was a fumble, giving EGHS possession of the ball at the 28 yard line. Reynolds scooped up the ball and took it into the end zone.
The Jags travel to Fort White this Friday night.
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