St. Johns, SC: The Volunteers found a second victory on Friday night in their 37-24 win over the St. John’s Islanders. The Vols offense was strong and marched the field several times. The Vols defense and special teams allowed several scores by the Islanders in the win.
The Vols scored first with an Avery Funderburk field goal at 4:03 in the first quarter. Chas DeBruhl threw a pass to O.J White for a 22-yard Touchdown at 11:52 in the second quarter. Funderburk’s extra point brought the score to 10-0. On the kickoff after the TD, the Islanders #24 ran the return to the end zone to give St. John’s their first score at 11:41 in the second quarter. With the extra point, the score was 10-7 in favor of AJ.
At 7:49 in the second quarter, an Islander’s touchdown pass, and the extra point put the Islanders in the lead 14 to 10. The Vols answered back with 30 seconds left in the half with a 12-yard quarterback keeper by DeBruhl. Funderburk kicked the extra point through to bring the score to 17-14 in the Vols favor. The Islanders tied the score with a field goal with one second left in the first half.
Andrew Jackson dominated the third quarter. Jamie Hinson brought the score to 24-17 on a 9-yard touchdown pass from DeBruhl with 3:14 left in the 3rd quarter. Gavin Blackmon scored two touchdowns on short runs of 6 and 3 yards. One run occurred with 11:33 in the fourth quarter, and the other at 7:48 in the fourth. Funderburk missed the extra point at 11:33 and made the one at 7:48. This brought the score to 37-17. The final scores were the Islanders as they returned the AJ kickoff for a touchdown at 7:31 in the fourth. An extra point by St. Johns brought the final score to 37-24.
The Vols had 394 total offensive yardage to Islanders 250. AJ’s DeBruhl completed 16 of 32 passes. The Islander’s quarterback completed 10 passes of 16. The Vols ran the ball 39 times, and the Islanders ran the ball 27 times. The Vols received 4 penalties for a loss of 45 yards to Islanders 7 with a loss of 55 yards. The Vols made 19 first downs to Islander’s 5. The Vols sacked the Islander’s quarterback three times
AJ Vols #35 Iverson Mungo lead tackles in the game, with Gavin Phillips in a close second. Rico Brown was third-leading tackler. The Head Coach for St. Johns Josh Harpe said “ It was a great game, a very physical game. It is a great game to prepare us for our future games. AJ is a physical and patient team who is prepared.” AJ head coach Todd Shigley said “I am really pleased with the win. It has been since 2003 that AJ has been 2-0 at this point of the season. We have some things to fix like our defense and special teams play. It was a good game.”
The Volunteers travel to Blacksburg on Friday night to face the Wildcats.