The James Monroe Yellow Jackets had two team cries after their game at Chancellor Friday night.
The first was “T.C.B., T.C.B.!” a reference to “taking care of business,” their head coach’s motto.
The other was “Vinny Smith!” a nod to their beloved teammate who suffered a serious injury in the first half.
Both were inspirations. And the Jackets rallied four times to defeat the homestanding Chargers 36–31, JM’s sixth straight victory.
“Everybody bonded to gether as a group,” JM quarterback A.J. Felton said after the game. “We just came together. Even though we were down, we came back, as brothers, and we did what we were supposed to do.”
D.J. Weldon put the Yellow Jackets (6–1) back in front for good on a 2- yard run with 4:31 left.
Chancellor (4–3) went three and out on its next possession but recovered a fumble with 2:28 to go.
On fourth down, Chargers quarterback Ja son Brown rolled to his left trying to find a receiver, but ran out of room and was sacked.
Chancellor had one last chance with under 40 seconds left after a JM punt, but defensive back Divyne Cardell–Ford in tercepted a deep pass from Brown to end the game.
“Everybody played well. We just couldn’t seem to get that stop when we needed on de fense,” Chargers coach Bob Oliver said.
Felton passed for 249 yards and three touch downs, adding 46 rushing yards. He constantly picked up key first downs with his feet and was accurate with deep passes.
“As a sophomore, you can’t ask for anything better,” JM coach Rich Ser bay said of his quarterback. “He has quick feet. Today he made some good decisions in the passing game.”
Yellow Jackets senior Vincent Smith was injured in the second quarter. Play was stopped for several minutes as he was helped onto a cart and transported to a waiting ambulance.
Serbay said after the game that Smith suffered a dislo cated kneecap and nerve damage and will be out for the rest of the season.
“They love Vinny. He’s just a great kid. I love him. They dedicated the game to Vinny at halftime, and they came through,” Serbay said.
The game had three lead changes and four ties, as the two teams traded punches all night.
JM rallied from a 7–0 deficit to take a 14–7 lead on Felton’s 25-yard touchdown to 6-foot-4 receiver Dre’Jon Boley.
Then it was Chancellor’s turn to respond. After Brown’s second touchdown pass, Mario Wisdom gave the Chargers a 21–14 lead on a 9- yard run in the second quarter. He rushed for a game-high 170 yards.
Boley tied it up at 21 with his second touchdown catch just seconds before half time.
The teams traded touch downs in the third, and in the fourth, Chancellor kicker Austin Seipp’s 30-yard field goal put the home team up 31–28.
But James Monroe had one last comeback in store.
Serbay said he expected a high-scoring, back-and- forth contest.
“Chancellor’s got a tremendous offense, we’ve got a tremendous offense. And I just [thought] both defenses we’re going to have to struggle because both teams can really move the ball.”
A shootout was exactly what Oliver didn’t want coming into this game.
“I hate getting into track meets with James Monroe, because I tell you what, we end up usually on the short end of the stick.”
Chancellor played its sec ond game in five days after a 34–13 loss at Courtland on Monday. The Chargers will hope to get back in the win column at Caroline next week, while the Yellow Jack ets host Spotsylvania.
Ch-N. Manuel 1-yard pass from J. Brown (A. Seipp kick)
JM-M. Felton 6-yard pass from A. Felton (N. Marine kick)
JM-D. Boley 25-yard pass from A. Felton (N. Marine kick)
Ch-E. Jenkins 4-yard pass from J. Brown (A. Seipp kick)
Ch-M. Wisdom 9-yard run (A. Seipp kick)
JM-D. Boley 9-yard pass from A. Felton (N. Marine kick)
Ch-J. Brown 2-yard run (A. Seipp kick)
JM-D. Weldon 4-yard run (N. Marine kick)
Ch-A. Seipp 30-yard field goal
JM-D. Weldon 2-yard run (M. Felton pass to T. Blair)
Rushing: Chancellor—Mario Wisdom 29- 170, TD; Damonte Pratt 4-47; Jason Brown 8-36, TD; Team 2-(-15). James Monroe— A.J. Felton 9-46; D.J. Weldon 13-21, 2TD; Vincent Smith 1-1; Gary Boxley 3-1; Team 2-(-8).
Passing: Chancellor—Jason Brown 8-20- 1 53, 2TD. James Monroe—A.J. Felton 20- 27-0 249, 3TD.
Receiving: Chancellor—Cory Cheeks 3- 27; Cameron Curry 1-12; Damonte Pratt 1- 7; Emanuel Jenkins 1-4, TD; Michael Bush 1-2; Noah Manuel 1-1, TD. James Monroe— Jalen Price 7-107; Matt Felton 4-59, TD; Dre'Jon Boley 6-46, 2TD; Darius Leacock 3- 37.