The McDowell Titans have had their share of exciting moments in the 2018 junior varsity football season.
However, Wednesday night’s season finale probably was not one of them.
The Titans struggled from the opening kick and couldn’t recover in a 48-0 loss at Alexander Central.
The junior varsity game, rescheduled four weeks ago, didn’t feature much in the way of suspense as the Cougars jumped out to an 18-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back. All of the damage by Alexander Central came on the ground as the team collected 473 yards on 27 plays. That averaged out to a whopping 17.5 yards per play.
Unfortunately, McDowell (5-5 overall, 4-3 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) was on the opposite end of the spectrum when they had the ball. While not committing any turnovers in the contest, the offense struggled in a big way, gaining just 26 total yards and four first downs all game.
Quarterback Riley Moore (9 carries, 10 yards) and tailback Quantavian Moore (12 carries, 35 yards) were the only productive offensive players in the game but their statistics were nearly offset by lost yardage from a combination of fumbles or bad snaps. Moore also struggled trying to throw the football, completing 3 of 11 pass attempts for six yards.
Daniel Morgan led the Cougars in their ground attack with 227 yards and two scores. Lance Justice (7-135) also scored twice in the rout.
Alexander Central finishes the 2018 season undefeated for the third consecutive year and has won 32 straight jayvee games going back to 2015.