St. Joe Central holds off Liberty rally
By Thomas Huitt-Johnson St. Joseph News-Press
Central held a four-point lead with less than 5 minutes to play and faced a fourth-and-1 against Liberty. Coach Jeff Wallace needed to make a decision.
Senior running back Corey Jackson pulled his coach aside and told Wallace to just give him the ball. It worked. Jackson ran for 2 yards near midfield and later finished the drive with a decisive touchdown. The Indians held on for a 42-37 victory over Liberty on Friday at Noyes Field. Jackson rushed for 208 yards in the win and continued a torrid three-week stretch.
“I told him, us and our line can get that short yardage,” said Jackson, who scored three touchdowns and has 15 scores in the past three games. “We can get it; Just trust us, and we got it.”
Jackson’s conversion was part of a big drive for Central (4-3) that took up most of the fourth quarter clock. Jackson had 10 carries for 67 yards on the march to go with his 2-yard-touchdown run that gave Central an 11-point lead.
“It just shows that our front line can do their job, and we can have a dangerous run game,” Jackson said.
Central’s lead quickly dissolved to five after Liberty’s Lucas Norton drove his team into Central territory.
Norton ran in for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:01 left, and the Blue Jays recovered the ensuing onside kick, giving Central a quick reminder of what happened in consecutive weeks during a three-game losing streak.
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