Junction City invokes 'mercy' rule once again

Junction City held Harmony Grove to negative net yardage and just a handful of first downs in a 47-0 cold-cocking of the Hornets last Friday. Next up for state's third-ranked team in Class AA is winless Sparkman.

The Junction City Dragons cruised to a 47-0 victory over the Harmony Grove Hornets in the
conference opener for both teams.
Jeremy Spooner got the Dragons rolling by returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. After forcing the Hornets to punt, Maurice Moore raced 27 yards for a touchdown to put the Dragons up 14-0. The Hornets were forced to punt again and a bad snap put the Dragons in good field postion. Brannin Carter scored from 16 yards out to increase the lead to 20-0.  Junction City led 27-0 after the first quarter and 47-0 at halftime. For the fourth straight game, the clock ran non-stop in the second half due to the mercy rule.
The Dragon defense turned in another great performance as they held the Hornets to minus-16 yards in
offense and four first downs. On offense the Dragons totaled over 300 yards, most of which they got in the first half.
After four games the Dragons defense has allowed only 221 yards of offense and 15 first downs. Head
coach David Carpenter is very pleased with the results and gives the bulk of the praise to his defensive front."They have been causing the problems and it makes it easier for the ends and linebackers to come in and take advantage of the problems our front is causing," Carpenter said.
Twelve dragons have seen playing time on the defensive line. Seniors Gary Meeks and Brandon Meadows lead the way. Between them they weigh over 600 pounds and handle the tackle postions. Perry Williams, Sam Gatewood, Richard Hightower and Matt Milburn also play on the front.
After watching the Dragons beat his Hornets friday night, Coach Joe Beasley was impressed with the
Dragons' entire team.
"I told them this was the first time I had the mercy rule go into effect. I told them if they didn't get any better, it was going to get a lot worse," Beasley told the Camden News.
"Junction City lives in the weight room. Until they give us 12 months, (of dedication such as the
Junction City emphasis on the weight room), people are going to knock us back."
This week the Dragons travel to Sparkman. The Raiders are winless on the season. Kickoff is set
for 7:30 p.m.

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