Jordan powerless against Green Hope
The field lights went out at Jordan High School midway through the second quarter. Green Hope had rendered the home team powerless long before that.
Green Hope scored 46 points before Jordan recorded a first down as the visitors won 46-8 Friday night.
It was the first victory in seven career games against Jordan for Green Hope (2-1), which opened in 1999.
“It’s great for Green Hope football,” Green Hope coach Kwame Dixon said. “It’s great that there’s not a goose egg next to any opponent, ideally. They came off an emotional win against Enloe last week, we knew they were going to be hyped playing at home, and I’m proud of our kids getting able to fight through that.”
Fittingly for two schools that are both nicknamed the Falcons, the game was decided through the air. Luke Massei completed 10-of-14 passes for 173 yards, four touchdowns and no turnovers, while Jordan was 8-of-19 for 51 yards and two interceptions.
“A lot of the details were missing and we allowed it to snowball on us, and we couldn’t get out of the hole we dug,” Jordan coach LaDwaun Harrison said.
Jordan (1-2) didn’t record a first down in almost three quarters, gaining a total of seven yards on its first nine possessions. The Falcons went 3-and-out on seven drives, and the two times it didn’t punt was because Green Hope scored – first on a bad snap that resulted in a safety, and then on a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown by Troy Maslowski.
The blackout on the field caused a 20-minute delay with 7:04 left in the first half, but that did nothing to stop Green Hope, which scored 15 points in the final 5:04 to take a 25-0 halftime lead.
Jordan actually came close to scoring on the final play of the first half when Chris Francis returned a squib kick, but Maslowski made the tackle from behind at the Green Hope 10-yard line. Jordan finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter, but then needed to call two time-outs before it could line up correctly for the two-point conversion.
“They’re a good team, but I think we did more for them than they did to us,” Harrison said. “We couldn’t get a snap, we couldn’t make reads that we made all week in practice, we couldn’t control the line of scrimmage. We just couldn’t do things that we’re trying to build our program to do.”
Green Hope 46, Jordan 8
Green Hope – 3 22 21 0 46
Jordan – 0 0 0 8 8
Green Hope – Zack Doernburg 18-yard field goal, 2:25
Green Hope – Daniel Gretsch 13-yard pass from Luke Massei (Doernburg kick), 10:43
Green Hope – Safety (Jordan tackled in end zone), 5:04
Green Hope – John Nassif 14-yard pass from Massei (pass failed), 3:50
Green Hope – Gretsch 6-yard pass from Massei (Doernburg kick), :09
Green Hope – Demetrice Massenburg 92-yard kickoff return (Doernburg kick), 11:43
Green Hope – Troy Maslowski 41-yard interception return (Doernburg kick), 11:12
Green Hope – Elijah Murrane 17-yard pass from Massei (Doernburg kick), 4:38
Jordan – Jordan Simmons 1-yard run (Rahim Winston run), 9:24
RUSHING – Green Hope, Demetrice Massenburg 12-95, Nadir Alexander, 5-27. Jordan, Rahim Winston 9-29, Chris Francis 7-27, Christian McKinnis 9-17, Jordan Simmons 8-27, Malik Marcin 3-21.
PASSING – Green Hope, Luke Massei 10-14-173-0. Jordan, Jordan Simmons 8-18-51-2, Matt Gampe 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING – Green Hope, Elijah Murrane 6-117, Austin Jackson 1-23, Daniel Gretsch 2-19, John Nassif 1-14. Jordan, Picasso Keaton 3-24, Christian McKinnis 2-6, Tyler Pittman 1-2, Micah Marcin 2-19.
RECORDS – Green Hope 2-1, Jordan 1-2.