Young Jordan team gaining experience, falls to LCM

By Tyler Tyre, Times Sports Editor
Posted 9/10/21

“We have to keep improving, but we’re so much better than our first scrimmages,” Salz said. “We lost but I liked the effort we gave, we definitely gave it our best.”

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Young Jordan team gaining experience, falls to LCM

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The key for Jordan this season is learning.

The school is in its first varsity season and won its first ever varsity game last week against Danbury. The freshman-junior squad has continued to grow and mature through the first three game weeks of the season.

“It’s really exciting to be able to make history for the school,” said junior linebacker Josh Gulizia. “To be able to be the first team to actually play a Jordan varsity season is awesome”

Since Jordan is without a district this season, as it joined varsity play midway through realignment, Jordan cannot make the playoffs, so this year is all about preparing every player for next year, when Jordan will join a district and compete for a playoff spot.

“It’s obviously a bit difficult since we don’t have any seniors,” said junior wide receiver Nathan Salz. “We’re getting used to it thought, we got our first win last week and we are going to be even better next year. We just have to keep going and pushing every week.”

Jordan (1-2) was in search of its second varsity victory and first ever winning streak on Thursday as it met with Little Cypress-Mauriceville in a non-district matchup Thursday at Rhodes Stadium.

The Warriors jumped ahead early, but were unable to maintain momentum, as they lost the matchup 32-6 behind a strong run game and defensive performance from the Bears (2-1).

After Jordan forced a punt from the Bears on the opening possession of the game, the team drove down the field methodically with a mixture of screens and runs, culminating in an eight-yard run on a jet sweep by Nathan Salz.

“I just take things a play at a time,” Salz said. “I just try and focus on the next play and not get too up or down about the last play that happened. That goes for everything, you have to put the past behind and work on what’s next.”

L.C.M. had an answer on the ensuing drive as its quarterback Ashton Landry found Gianni Huffman in the endzone and took the lead with an extra point after Jordan didn’t execute on its extra point try and Da’Marion Morris gave the Bears an 8 point lead on its next drive as he ran in a one-yard score late in the first quarter.

The Jordan defense did well for the first portion of the second quarter, but Landy opened the game up when he hit Carson Peet for a 54-yard score with four minutes remaining in the half.

The second half went the way of the Bears. Morris made a pick midway through the third quarter and rushed for a 34-yard score in the third quarter before icing the game with an 82-yard touchdown last in the fourth.

“This game really taught us that we need to play more together as a team,” Gulizia said. ”We’re still learning but we have to be together and on the same page is the biggest thing.

Salz finished with four catches for 26 yards and seven carries for 25 yards while adding his rushing touchdown. Quarterbacks Colin Willetts and Deuce Barrington finished with 95 passing yards while Jordan finished with 178 rushing yards in total, led by Chad Gasper, who had 67 yards and Ifeanyi Monye who had 43 yards.

For L.C.M, Morris finished with 222 yards on 15 carries to go with his three touchdowns.

“We have to keep improving, but we’re so much better than our first scrimmages,” Salz said. “We lost but I liked the effort we gave, we definitely gave it our best.”

Jordan will travel to Davenport-Comal for its game next week. Jordan knows what it needs to improve on and is learning, day by day.

“We definitely learned a lot,” Gulizia said. “We’re going to use our mistakes and fix those next week.”

Little Cypress-Mauriceville 32, Jordan 6

L.C.M

13 

6  

7  

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 32 

Jordan

 6 

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 6 

First quarter

Jordan: Nathan Salz 8 run, 6:17

LCM: Ashton Landry 13 pass to Gianni Huffman (Robbie Wedel kick), 3:20

LCM: Da’Marion Morris 1 run, 1:05

Second quarter

LCM: Landry 54 pass to Carson Peet, 4:02

Third quarter

LCM: Morris 34 run, 4:05

Fourth quarter

LCM: Morris 82 run (Wedel kick), 1:50

Team stats

LCM

 Jordan  

  First downs

 13

 13

  Yards rushing

 21-236

  48-178

  Yards passing

 146

  95

  Passes

 10-18-2-0

 12-24-0-1

  Punts

  5.38

 5.26

  Fumbles-lost

  1-1

  3-1

  Penalty-yards

  7-51

 6-46

Individual Statistics

Rushing -- Jordan: Chad Gasper, 12-67; Ifeanyi Monye, 14-43; Nathan Salz, 7-25-1; Colin Willetts, 5-15; Deuce Barrington, 5-15; Ethan Beach, 2-5; Kanaan Ibarra, 3-8;  LCM: Da’Marion Morris, 15-222-3; Ashton Landry, 1-4; Ashton Landry, 5-10;

Passing -- Jordan: Colin Willetts, 8-14-68-0-0; Deuce Barrington, 4-10-27-0-1; LCM: Ashton Landry, 10-18-146-2-0;

Receiving – Jordan: Ryan Miller, 3-36; Nathan Salz, 4-26; Andrew Marsh, 3-26; Ifeanyi Monye, 1-7; LCM: Carson Peet, 2-61-1; Darius Roberts, 5-39; Da’Marion Morris, 1-24; Gianni Huffman, 1-13-1; Dean Reynolds, 1-11; Dwight Davis, 1-(-2);

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