Russellville athlete Caleb Mitchell has been busy taking unofficial visits this season. He tells…
FNL: Spiderman and Friends in Russellville
The two teams went in at halftime with Johnson leading Russellville 7-7
The second half started with Russellville turning the ball over with an errorant pass by quarterback Corey Trapp, one of the few mistakes Trapp made all night as the Russellville quarterback had a solid performance for the Tigers.
Johnson didn't take long to take advantage of the Tigers' mistake as David Isabelle ran a quarterback draw for eight yards. He completed a pass for another 10 yards down to the Russellvile 21.
Jontavious President was the receipient of the next Isabelle pass, but he met Ryan Romans at the line of scrimmage for what would end up one of many big collisions in the second half. It was an equal effort with neither player giving an inch. A bone jarring affair that both will feel today.
The drive stopped short of the goal line, and Fred McNeal kicked a 35 yard field goal to put the Jags up by three early in the third quarter.
Russellville continued to have success with the return game as they took the ensuing kickoff 28 yards to set up good field position at their 44 yard line.
Trapp found Blake Jackson over the middle to move the Tigers to the Johnson 35, and then he found Nathan McAlister for 16 yards and a first down at the five yard line.
Michael Abernathy then showed why college scouts are watching his every move. Jomarcus Savage stonewalled him for what looked as a three yard loss, but Abernathy bounced off Savage and about three other Jag defenders and took it around right end for a five yard touchdown run.
The PAT was good, and the Golden Tigers lead 14-10 with 5:02 left in the third quarter.
This is the point of the game where Spiderman showed up in the form of Korey Suggs. Suggs had been having a big night, but he raised it to another level that wasn't matched by anyone else on this night; at least not yet.
After a pair of false start penalties gave Johnson a 1st and 25, David Isabelle hit Timothy Jenkins for 30 yards. This set up what might have been the most impressive play of the night from the Russellville defense as Korey Suggs came from the backside to run down Jontavius President. President is known for his speed and even though he had to hesitate to make his cut Suggs closed on him like a monster.
He followed up with the biggest hit of the night on a Johnson running back. In short, he blew the guy up. It was worth the price of the ticket to see that hit. Corey Suggs was the most impressive defender on the field this night.
However, even with all of Suggs' heroics David Isabell hit an unknown receiver at the Russellville six yard line. After another false start by the Johnson offense, Isabelle threw Jontavius President a swing pass out of the backfield, and he did the rest. The score put the Jags back in front 17-14.
After the Golden Tigers' offense sputtered and had to punt, it was time for Flash to show up for his time in the spotlight. Jimmy Vaughn took the hand-off over right tackle, broke two tackles and raced 59 yards for the Jags. The Jags were in total control of the game as the PAT sailed wide leaving the score 23-14 with 11:14 left in the game.
On Russellville's next possession Jomarcus Savage made another big play as he applied pressure to quarterback Corey Trapp, which forced an interception over the middle. It is a tribute to Trapp that he actually dragged himself off the turf and continued to play in the game, as Jomarcus Savage delivered what looked to be the knock out blow to the Tigers.
As the Jags took control of the ball, and the game, Spiderman (Korey Suggs) made sure everyone knew he was still in the house. Suggs reeled off another fine series' on defense that would have made even the best of coaches proud.
The Tiger defense forced the Jags into a 2nd and long situation, when what could have been the turning point of the game went into motion. Two bad snaps in a row cost the Jags two points in the form of a safety.
Superman shows up.
Caleb Mitchell had been relatively quiet over the course of the game. The Jags had done a good job of keeping the ball out of his hands, but the Jags were forced to punt after holding the Russellville offense to another three-and-out.
Mitchell had been noticably limping and stretching his hamstring between plays. The speedster even sat out a few minutes of the fourth quarter trying to get the hamstring to loosen up.
The Jags punt went close to Mitchell, and he hauled it in. He started left, broke back to his right and made two defenders miss. He turned the ball up the field and raced 38 yards before the safety valve forced him back inside where he had enough help to get Mitchell on the ground.
Mitchell then took a sweep play around right end for a big gain. Two plays later they set the same play up with Mitchell taking the handoff and pulled up and threw the ball in the endzone, where a Johnson defender would intercept the ball.
However, flags littered the field and the first indication by the officials was pass interference on the Tigers. After a short huddle by the officials the call was reversed and the penalty went against the Jags. Coach Harold Wells minced no words about his displeasure over the reversal of the call.
This set the Golden Tigers up at the 2 and a half yard-line, where Mike Abernathy carried out a good fake and drew the Johnson defense as Korey Suggs walked into the endzone over left guard. The PAT was just inside the uprights and the score was tied with a little over a minute left in the game.
David Isabelle quickly moved the Jags' offense down the field to the Russellville 40 yard line. The Jags were taking shots at the end zone when Superman (Caleb Mitchell) turned Timothy Jenkins a flip as the ball hit his chest. The ball popped up in the air, and Jacob Daniel intercepted and came very close to taking it to the end zone as time ran out in regulation.
Russellville had the misfortune of being on offense in the ovetrtime period, but on 4th down from the four yard line Caleb Mitchell caught a Corey Trapp pass to put the Golden Tigers back in the lead. The PAT was good and Russellville held a 30-23 lead.
The Jags had trouble moving the ball in overtime as the Russellville defense was getting penetration and causing problems for the Johnson running backs. With no choice but to go for the touchdown on 4th and 8, from the 8, David Isabelle found Timothy Jenkins over the middle at the three yard line, but the Russellville defense stopped Jenkins about six inches short of the goal line to get the win.
The game was an instant classic as both teams left it all on the field.
ScoutSouth.com caught up with Caleb Mitchell after the game, and he gave us his thoughts on the victory.
"They're a real good team," Mitchell said. "I'm just happy we were able to come back and get the win at the end."
On the other side of the ball things weren't as pleaseant, as we caught up with Jomarcus Savage on his walk to the locker room.
"It is a tough one to lose," Jomarcus Savage said. "Especially when you lose it like that."
I was surprised to see two very good linebackers in tonight's game. Although I had heard about Suggs and his athletic ability. It is hard to appreciate it until you see it in person. He is the best OLB I've seen in person, this season, or last.
On the other side of the ball Fred McNeal was also impressive from his linebacker position. McNeal is a junior, while Suggs a senior.
The rest of the prospects did not disappoint. Jimmy Vaughn had several tough runs, and he had the 59 yard bolt for a touchdown.
Jontavius President showed his elusiveness and speed as he had several plays during the game.
David Isabelle showed everyone why college scouts from all over the south are looking at this young man as a possible quarterback candidate.
Jomarcus Savage, while fighting double teams all night, had several big plays on defense, and at least one of them looked a game changer.
Michael Abernathy was bottled up for the most part as it was obvious the Jags weren't going to allow the big back to beat them. He still managed a few impressive runs with pure strength and power.
Mitchell justy showed off when he was finally presented with the opportunity.
Demorian Abernathy is a 6-2, 275-pound junior prospect who should be watched closely as he showed flashes of big things to come.
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