For The News Courier
HUNTSVILLE — J.O. Johnson broke open a close game with 22 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Ardmore 30-6 in Class 4A, Region 7 play at Milton Frank Stadium on a cool Friday evening.
Ardmore (4-2, 2-2) took the opening kickoff and embarked on a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive that took nearly nine minutes off the clock and culminated with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Garret Miller to Hayden Durrett. The Tigers fumbled the 2-point conversion attempt to lead 6-0.
The Jaguars (5-1, 3-1) only had four drives in the first half, but they took an 8-6 lead in the second quarter on a 4-yard run by Hakeem Woods and a 2-point conversion pass to Charles Woodard from Chris Klaff.
Clinging to an 8-6 lead at halftime, J.O. Johnson began a 22-0 scoring run in the third quarter when the Jags blocked an Ardmore punt at the Tigers’ 20. Miles Williams-Jones fell on the loose ball in the end zone and Dominique McNelly ran in the two points to lead 16-6.
J.O. Johnson, which took advantage of its size advantage on the offensive and defensive lines to wear down the Tigers, added two more scores in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run by Williams-Jones and a 49-yard scamper by Woods for the 30-6 final score.
Miller finished 3-of-6 passing for 39 yards, while Tyler McCarley was Ardmore’s leading rusher with nine carries for 30 yards. He also completed a 45-yard pass to Dominic Clemens.
Ardmore was held to 118 yards of total offense, including 41 yards on 34 carries and six sacks that cost 50 yards, but the Tigers were only flagged three times and didn’t have a turnover.
The Jaguars finished with 250 yards, including 26 carries for 195 yards, but they also lost three fumbles. Carson Pack recovered two fumbles, and Creagan Lewter had one fumble recovery.
Both teams continue region play Friday as Ardmore celebrates homecoming with a visit from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School and J.O. Johnson travels to Butler.