Charleston-- The Charleston Blue Jays improved to 2-1 Friday defeating the Caruthersville Tigers 32-0.
The Blue Jay defense stepped up big time in the game allowing no points as they kept the Tiger offense off balance for most of the night.
"My defense played a lot better, I'm very proud of those guys, I really have to take my hat off to my defense tonight," said Charleston coach Brent Anderson.
Offensively both teams got off to relatively slow starts as neither team would find the end zone in the first quarter of play.
Turnovers would play a large role in the game as the Tigers would turn the ball over six times while the Blue Jays would give up three.
"It helps when they (Caruthersville) make mistakes, and we aren't making them," said Anderson. "It's a lot easier to turn the tide when they are making mistakes such as turning the ball over and we're not, then we can get fired up about forcing those turnovers like we did tonight."
Charleston got things rolling in the second quarter when senior standout Jordy Mixon broke loose for a 37-yard dash to paydirt.
On the ensuing kick off, Caruthersville return man Chris Springer fumbled the ball on his own 35-yard line. Coverage man Henry Hall scooped up the loose ball and ran it 30 yards to give the Blue Jays great field position on the Caruthersville 5-yard line.
Senior quarterback Dontay Clark then took the first snap from scrimmage and won the footrace to the end zone to give the 'Jays a 12-0 advantage heading into the half.
The 'Jays came out firing again in the third quarter as they caught the Tigers off guard by attempting and converting an on-side kick to start off the second half.
Again the 'Jays started an offensive drive with great field position in Caruthersville territory. After a few short pops up the middle with Mixon, junior running back Orrice Stanback took the Clark handoff up the gut for a 28-yard scamper to paydirt.
On the following possession Caruthersville began to put together a solid offensive drive but again the Charleston defense forced a turnover to spoil the Tigers' best drive of the game.
On the second play from scrimmage, Jordy Mixon broke loose on a very impressive 86-yard touchdown run breaking a number of tackles and reversing direction two times. Marcus Dixon would tack on the PAT to give the 'Jays a 25-0 lead that would hold until the fourth quarter.
Charleston would pull most of its starting players in the fourth quarter, in favor of a few younger guys, but with 10:45 left fullback Paul Brown would tack on the final score with a five yard run for the 'Jays with 10:45 left to make the final tally 32-0.
"Defensively I couldn't ask for anything else from my guys, but offensively we have to eliminate a lot of mistakes, we still have a lot of room to grow," said Anderson.
Charleston tailback Jordy Mixon had a huge night playing basically only three quarters and rushing for 232 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. Also, junior Orrice Stanback finished the night with 157 yards on 15 carries.
"Charleston is a good team and they are doing things right up here, and right now we are struggling a little bit -- Charleston came out in the second half and capitalized on our turnovers," said Caruthersville head coach Jackie Johnson.
"We are young right now, with little senior experience. We will take our lumps this year but if our guys stick with it we will be a team to be reckoned with in a couple of years."