September 28th, 2019

DeSales Defeats Henry County 43-6


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Defeats Henry County 43-6
Colts win big on Friday night/ photo by Ed Peak

Jayden Scroggins isn't easily discouraged. The DeSales junior started at quarterback for the second week straight week. By all accounts Scroggins had a big hand in host DeSales 43-6 win over Henry County, Friday night.

 But you wouldn't know it by reading the boxscore. Scroggins scored three touchdowns in the first half. However Scroggins won't get credit for any of them.


Scroggins had a 12 yard touchdown run, a punt return of 39 yards for an apparent score and a one yard pass to Demetri Scott for a touchdown. All three were called back because of penalties.


It didn't matter as his teammates shook off the penalties scoring six of the seven times it had the ball in the first half as DeSales (3-2) rolled to a 43-0 halftime lead. 


DeSales played mostly second and third team replacements in the second half as a running clock was instituted in the second quarter because of the mercy rule.


Scroggins statistical line looks ordinary. He was credited officially with two runs for 23 yard and 53 yards passing on three of six with one interception.


Scroggins says when he returns to practice Monday he will be in competition with senior DeMarcus Avery, the starter in the Colts first three games. Avery started at receiver, Friday.


Scroggins takes nothing for granted. "I like it. That was really my first start staying in the whole game as a quarterback," said Scrogggins. "But there is still competition at practice. So we'll see what is going to open. I'm still fighting for it."


James Johnson and Darren Hollenkamp each had two touchdowns. Hollenkamp had five carries for 82 yards while Johnson had 79 yards on three carries which included a 46 yard touchdown run. Avery caught a 19 yard scoring pass from Scroggins and Antione Johnson had a 15 yard touchdown run.


DeSales had 267 yards of offense at halftime and finished with 297. While the offense was running at will, the defense shutdown Henry County from the start. When the Colts weren't sacking quarterback Eli Ammiott they were forcing pressure into five interceptions. Ammiott left the game in the second quarter with an injury and backup sophomore Sam Royalty finished. 


"Our defense played really good," said Scorggins. "Our cornerbacks have been working really hard getting interceptions, helped us really big."


The defense limited Henry County to a minus 30 yards rushing and 75 passing.


"A lot of our interceptions come from our pressure up front," said DeSales coach Harold Davis. "We try to work everyday on things like that. That isn't the caliber of team we are getting ready to face. But it was good for us. I think we had a good game tonight and did things the right way."


Davis said Scorggins and Avery will continue to battle for the starting quarterback position. Who ever isn't at quarterback will be starting at receiver.


"They are not going to be sitting on the sidelines," said Davis. "They are too good. Both of them are talented. Both are very good quarterbacks. They can both catch. It's still kind of a competition right now."


Scorggins has the tools and ability to play either position as does Avery. "Scorggins is a great athlete," said Davis. "Last year he was injured most of the year. He's one of our better players to be honest with you. He's good for us at quarterback, receiver and a return guy. And he can play defensive back."


Davis also said that Avery did his job at receiver and has no complaints. "I thought DeMarcus stepped up and excepted his role as a receiver," said Davis. "He did some really, really good things. That was pleasing to me and the rest of the coaching staff."

Scroggins says he would have loved the touchdowns. "It really didn't bother me. Still we came and scored on the next plays. It really didn't bother me.


"I was happy I scored (punt return). But it's football. Call plays go to the next one," said Scroggins.

Henry County (1-5) lost its fifth straight. "We were a little outmanned," said Henry County coach Matt Wright. "It's one of those teams we come in against its a great opportunity for us. We talk about it all the time. We want to build our program to these elite programs. If you do the things your supposed to do you compete with those teams. We see where we need to get too.”


"At one point we had seven freshman on the field. We're building for the future. The kids don't quit. I'm proud of them. The score is what it is. It's tough when they bring pressure. When they bring men you've got to win same of those one on one battles. They did things right," said Wright.



Henry County played senior Shylynn Heightchew a defensive line person two plays in the fourth quarter. She rushed the quarterback and took the legs out from under the opposing offensive lineman. She also rushed the punter.

"She's a four year player," said Wright. "She does everything we ask of her. Sometimes it's a little harder on her because she has to sit outside the locker room. She tries and you give her a chance when you can. I was excited she got in the game."


While no official records are kept, it might have been the first female to play against DeSales.


"I'm all for it if that's what she wants to do," said Davis. "I trust coach Wright and he has the confidence to put her in there. It's fine with me."


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