Donoho quarterback Chris Carr was the fuel that made the Falcons’ offense run. Before being pulled with 5:49 to play because of the commanding lead, Carr was able to sit on a perfect night through the air, completing 7 of 7 passes for 179 yards with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ben Myrick.
However, his main production came on the ground as he finished with 262 yards on eight carries and touchdown runs of 31, 58, 57, and 59 yards.
“I couldn’t have done what I did without my line,” Carr said. “They really set the tone for the offense tonight, and we wouldn’t have done as great as we did if they didn’t show up.”
Justin Foster started the scoring with a 2 yard touchdown run to cap off a seven-play opening drive for the Falcons. Foster later added a second touchdown run of 60 yards in the third quarter to help finish his night with 69 yards.
Myrick started his night by running around the left end for 29 yards into the end zone in the first quarter.
“I’m proud of the offense for playing consistent throughout the game,” Donoho head coach Shannon Felder said. “I thought we executed well.”
For JCA, junior quarterback Daylon Brackett led the charge offensively, passing for 229 yards, with a 59-yard touchdown to Kris Armprester to open scoring for the Thunder in the first quarter. Brackett added 116 yards on the ground to go along with touchdown runs from 7, 3, and 5 yards out.
“I thought we played really well on offense,” Thunder head coach Tommy Miller said. “We were trying to stay in the ball game with our offense, but you can’t do that. You have to play defense, too.”
Senior running back Cody Blohm helped on offense as he ran in for a touchdown from the 2-yard line with eight seconds remaining before half.
“I’m happy with our offense” Miller said. “Donoho has a good football team. They have a lot of speed and run a good offense.”
Added Felder: “My hat goes off to JCA. They came out on fire. Those guys played really hard, played the whole game, and gave a lot of effort. They aren’t going to quit, and we knew that coming into this game. We knew we were going to be in a hard fought battle."
Miller has battled illness to continue coaching, and Felder paid tribute.
“I think it was a courageous effort for Coach Miller to be here, and try to support his team, and show his love and appreciation for his team by being here tonight,” he said.