Person holds off late Jordan rally to pick up home win
Roxboro Person led by three scores with less than nine minutes to play and held on for a 29-19 victory against Jordan Friday at home.
The victory was Person’s first in PAC-6 4-A play and improved its record to 3-5 overall.
The Rockets (3-5, 1-1 PAC-6) seemed to have the game completely in hand when Corey Young punched in a 2-yard touchdown with under nine minutes remaining, four plays after a Falcons’ failed fake punt.
The two-point conversion pushed Person’s lead to 29-7.
Jordan (1-7, 0-2 PAC-6) answered right back when Clayton Cockerham took the ensuing kickoff and raced past the Rocket defenders for an 85-yard touchdown. Cockerham had 74-yard return earlier in the game that set up a Rahim Winston touchdown.
After a Person three-and-out, the Falcons’ quarterback Matt Gampe guided his team down the field and got a huge break when he fumbled the ball after scrambling out of the pocket.
Running back Maliik Marchin-Lewis alertly followed the play, picked up the loose ball and rumbled in the remaining 25 yards for a touchdown.
Gampe’s two-point conversion pass failed, keeping Person’s lead at two scores with 3:39 to play.
Jordan eventually got the ball back, but turned the ball over on downs deep its own territory to end the rally.
Person converted two Jordan turnovers into touchdowns, both on short runs by running back Taymon Smith. Quarterback Trevon Tapp added another score late in the third quarter.
PERSON 29, JORDAN 19
Jordan 0 0 7 12 — 19
Person 7 0 14 8 — 29
P — Taymon Smith 4 run (Jacob Oakley kick), 5:00
P — Smith 1 run (Oakley kick), 8:27
J — Rahim Winston 5 run (Eli Rice kick), 7:05
P — Trevon Tapp 20 run (Oakley kick), 1:15
P — Corey Young 2 run (James Robinson pass from Ethan Phillips), 8:56
J — Clayton Cockerham 85 kick return (kick failed), 8:41
J — Maliik Marchin-Lewis 25 fumble return (pass failed), 3:39
RUSHING — Jordan, Rahim Winston 20-119, Matt Gampe 5-16, Chris Francis 4-12, Maliik Marchin-Lewis 2-27, Arthur Reese 1-3. Person, Trevon Tapp 19-50, Corey Young 12-39, Taymon Smith 11-23.
PASSING — Jordan, Matt Gampe 4-11-0 46. Person, Trevon Tapp 5-9-0 125.
RECEIVING — Jordan, Arthur Reese 2-25, Chris Francis 1-6, Tyler Pittman 1-14. Person, Corey Young 2-56, LeRon Cash 2-44, Tayshawn Outlaw 1-25.
Records — Jordan 1-7, 0-2 PAC-6 4-A; Person 3-5, 1-1 PAC-6 4-A.