Yellowjacket running game overwhelms Bulldogs, 56-6

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The Mineola Yellowjackets played like the defending state champions they are running past Quitman 56-6 at Bud Moody Stadium in Quitman Friday night.

The ‘Jackets scored on the opening play of their first two possessions taking an early 14-0 lead and taking a 56-0 lead to intermission. The Jackets kept the ball on the ground in the second half while Quitman scored on a pass from running back Trey Berry to Garrett Taylor for the Bulldog’s only score of the contest.

“Mineola did a great job on both sides of the ball. Their offensive and defensive lines gave us trouble all night. They had a lot of speed and the freshman running back played like a veteran,” Quitman Head Coach Bryan Oakes said. “I thought Ty Holland did a good job on defense for us. He did step up and put a helmet on them.”

The Bulldogs struggled on offense the entire game netting just 77 offensive yards. Quitman was 2-18 passing for 30 yards and rushed for 47 yards. Quarterback Josh Medlin was a bright spot for the Bulldogs as he ran for 29 yards on 11 carries and Berry adding 17 yards on 14 carries. The Bulldogs were plagued by six turnovers, three interceptions and three lost fumbles.

The Bulldogs got in a hole on the kick-off only getting to their own 14 yard line. Berry ran for 20 yards on the first play, but that was the longest run of the night. The Jacket defensive line kept the Quitman running game bottled up the rest of the night. Quitman punted and Mineola took over on their own 49 yard line. 

On the Jackets opening play, Curtis London took a hand-off from Shaw Franklin and ran past Quitman defenders for a score at the 9:45 mark. Cameron Sorenson booted the first of eight successful point-after kicks to make it 7-0.

Quitman would go for it on a fourth and 10 from their own 36, but a Medlin to Taylor pass attempt was unsuccessful and Mineola took over on the Quitman 36 yard line. On the first play Franklin hit Cody Ford for a score and the point after made it 14-0 with still 7:53 to go in the first quarter.

Mineola got a 43-yard touchdown run from freshman sensation Trevion Sneed to make the score 21-0 at the 3:59 mark. An interception by Preston Lankford was returned to the Quitman seven yard line where Franklin ran it in to make the first quarter score 28-0.

Another interception, early in the second quarter, set the Jackets up on their own 49 yard line. Franklin took the snap but fumbled the ball. He picked up the ball and raced 51 yards on a busted play to score and put Mineola ahead 35-0 with 10:06 left in the half.  Shaw would score again on a 34-yard run to make it 42-0 with 6:56 to go in the half. 

Quitman failed to make a first down in four tries and Mineola took over on the Quitman 37. Sneed took the next hand-off and raced 37 yards to make the score 49-0 with 5:10 left to go in the half. Cole Castleberry was on the receiving end of a Franklin toss with 4:39 to go making it 56-0 at halftime.

In the first half alone, Mineola running back Trevion Sneed had 136 yards rushing, while Franklin had 98 rushing yards and London added another 85. Sneed and London did not run the ball in the second half.

“All we can do is go back to work. We have a bye week this week and we will go back to working on fundamentals,” Oakes noted. “We come back Oct. 20 and go to Farmersville. They are pretty tough. They have only lost one game. Winnsboro played them really well and could have won the game, but got beat 47-44 in the fourth quarter at the end of the game.”

The win for Mineola moves their overall record to 2-3, and 1-0 in district play, while the loss put Quitman at 0-6 with a 0-2 district record.

“I thought we played pretty well. Our kids played hard and we had contributions from a lot of different players. We executed our assignments well for the most part, and that helped us to get off to a quick start early. I learned that when we execute and do the little things correctly, we can be a tough football team,” Mineola Head Coach Luke Blackwell said via email.

The Jackets will play host to the Farmersville Farmers Friday at Meredith Memorial Stadium kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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