CLEVELAND, Tenn. — East Hamilton running back Logan Jackson had another big rushing effort in a high school football game Friday. For host Bradley Central, not so much.
When it was over, Jackson had more carries than the Bears had rushing yards, and the Hurricanes rolled to a 41-7 victory.
Jackson had 16 carries for 105 yards in the first half, including a 5-yard run for East Hamilton's first touchdown. He ended up with 116 yards on 20 carries, but what was established in the first half led to more for others.
Quarterback Hunter Moore ended up 9-of-14 passing with 64 of his 137 passing yards coming in the third quarter, along with touchdown hookups to Tony Francois and Cody Knox.
"We're an I-formation team," East Hamilton coach Ted Gatewood said. "We're going to get after it and try to get the I-back going. That's something we do. We try to be as balanced as we can. It opens up a lot of things, like some of the passing lanes we found tonight."
Three Hurricanes scored the first time they touched the ball, including Francois with his catch, and Matt Milita's first carry was an 18-yard scoring run 2:52 before halftime to make it 20-7. He did have a 27-yard kickoff return to set up that possessionat Bradley's 47.
Dallas Hammond's 3-yard scoring run in the second quarter was his only carry.
The East Hamilton player to score on his first touch was outside linebacker and coach's son Austin Gatewood, who capped the scoring on the night with an 82-yard interception return. Dad was an offensive lineman in college.
"His mom's side is where that speed comes from," Coach Gatewood said.
Bradley lost 22 yards on an early-game botched punt snap that changed field position and momentum. The Bears ended up with 19 yards rushing yards.
"All week we worked on that zone read play they like to run," Austin Gatewood said. "We knew the DBs would take care of the rest."
Bradley quarterback Bryce Copeland was 16-of-26 for 226 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Hurricanes also intercepted two halfback passes.
Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.