The Haynes Academy Yellow Jackets began their football season in impressive fashion, defeating the Crescent City Pioneers 29-6 on Thursday night at Muss Bertolino Stadium.
“Our defense played well, and our offense came through when we needed it,” Haynes coach Kenny Kendrick said.
The Yellow Jackets overcame a slow start and early turnovers.
Quarterback Josh Gebo missed on his first four passes and was intercepted twice, but recovered to complete 5 of his last 7 for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
“You got to have a short memory in football,” Gebo said. “It’s not going to go your way all the time. You got to keep fighting. Football’s a fight.”
Gebo also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Both teams failed to score in the first quarter. Haynes scored first by stopping Trey Tatum in the end zone for a safety.
The Yellow Jackets later capitalized on a Crescent City fumble, scoring on a 6-yard run by Josh Gebo. The extra point was no good. After Crescent City’s ensuing drive stalled, Gebo struck with his first touchdown pass, a 51-yard strike to a wide-open Kyle Montgomery.
Haynes’ good fortune continued when Zachary Lehman recovered a fumble on the following kickoff.
Gebo later connected with Lehman on a 6-yard touchdown pass with one second left in the first half, giving the Yellow Jackets a 22-0 halftime lead.
The Privateers failed to get anything going in the first half, managing 56 yards and three first downs. By contrast, Haynes put up 151 total yards (60 rush, 91 pass) and nine first downs through the first 24 minutes.
Crescent City scored with 5:48 remaining in the third thanks to a 73-yard catch and run by Isaiah Jones.
The Pioneers’ fortune seemed to be turning after they recovered a fumble on Haynes’ next drive, but an injury to quarterback Micah Robinson and a run for a 10-yard loss to end that threat.
Haynes running back Ronald Clay capped off another touchdown drive with a 34-yard run early in the fourth quarter to put the Jackets up 29-6.