Bryson Jackson kicked a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter and Nazir Heflin scored on a 2-yard run with a running clock in the fourth quarter to lead Spalding High in a 42-11 loss Friday night to visiting Perry at Memorial Stadium in Griffin.
Spalding (0-5 overall, 0-2 Region 4-AAAA) remains in search of its first win this season heading into its next game Thursday night against Rusty Easom-coached Rutland at Ed DeFore Sports Complex in Macon.
Perry quarterback Lane Rucker, meanwhile, completed touchdown passes of 12 and 14 yards and running back Makeil Kendrick ran for TDs of 23 and 1 yard as the Kevin Smith-coached Panthers (2-3, 2-0) won their second in a row to remain undefeated in Region 4-AAAA play.
The Panthers’ Jaylen Raines recovered a Spalding fumble at the Jags 11 to set up the game's first score two plays later on a 12-yard pass from Rucker to Daequan Wright that made the score 6-0 after the extra point attempt sailed low and deflected off Spalding's Chase Fambro with 5:53 to play in the first quarter.
Perry’s Jarred Fuller returned a Spalding fumble a 13 yards for the game’s next score to put the Panthers ahead 13-0 after a successful extra point by Caden Camp with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
Spalding fumbled at its own 12 to end the ensuing possession on the first play.
With Perry threatening to score again, however, Senquavious Alsobrooks picked off a pass at the Spalding 3 and returned it to the Spalding 28.
Rucker ended his team’s first possession of the second quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Brantley Gibson and successful two-point conversion pass to Wright to put the Panthers ahead 21-0 with 7:46 left to the half.
Spalding's Javier Leeks picked off a pass to end Perry’s next drive on the first play.
Perry’s Jakhius Jackson returned the favor with a pick-six from 21 yards out on the game’s next play to put the Panthers ahead 28-0 with 6:47 left in the half.
Spalding freshman Ced Evans then got in on the fun, returning the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to the Panthers’ 18 to set up Jackson’s 30-yard field goal four plays later to prevent the shutout with 5:59 remaining in the half.
Perry took advantage of a 25-yard punt by the Jags to score two plays later on a 23-yard run by Kendrick and go ahead 35-3 with 1:21 left in the half.
Kendrick capped the second half's opening possession on a 1-yard TD run to make it 42-3 with 8:25 left in the third.
Spalding reached the Perry 2 on its ensuing drive and scored on a 2-yard run by Heflin, but it was called back and negated on a holding penalty that eventually led to a 45-yard field goal attempt by Jackson that was blocked.
With the backups in and a running clock employed, the Jags dented the scoreboard one last time on Heflin's 2-yard run around the left end, just inside the pylon and successful two-point conversion pass from backup freshman quarterback Curt Clark to Jaque Miller to account for the game’s final margin, 42-11, with 8:13 to play.
Other highlights for Spalding included a sack by Christopher Zorn and a co-sack by Elijah White and Fambro. Alsobrooks also had a tackle for a loss and added a pass breakup when he leveled a receiver.
PANTHER 42, JAGUARS 11
Perry |13 |22 |7 |0 |— 42
Spalding |0 |3 |0 |8 |— 11
Pe — Daequan Wright 12 pass from Lane Rucker (kick blocked), 5:35.
Pe — Jarred Fuller 13 fumble return (Caden Camp kick), 2:29.
Pe — Brantley Gibson 14 pass from Rucker (Wright pass from Rucker), 7:46.
Pe — Jakhius Jackson 21 interception return (Camp kick), 6:47.
Sp — Bryson Jackson 30 field goal, 5:50
Pe — Makeil Kendrick 23 run (Camp kick), 1:21.
Pe — Kendrick 1 run (Camp kick), 8:25.
Sp — Nazir Heflin 2 run (Jaque Miller pass from Curt Clark), 8:13.