FOOTBALL: JB ends season with first win

It only took 9 seconds for the James Buchanan Rocket football team to know Friday night was going to be a good night.

Logan Miller returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and Rockets were off and running to a season-ending 39-13 win over Northern Lebanon in a non-league game at Rocket Stadium.

The victory was the first of the season for JB, which finished 1-5.

“It’s a good feeling for our nine seniors and the whole team,” JB coach Cliff Pine said. “It’s definitely something we can build off of for next season.”

It was a long awaited all-around good performance by the Rockets.

Along with Miller’s opening highlight return, JB came close to putting three running backs over 100 yards, led by Miller’s 106. Hunter Smith finished with 101 yards (1 TD) and Grant Ellis was just short of the century mark with 95. As a team the Rockets ran for a season-high 290 yards.

“It was a good night rushing the ball,” Pine said. “We did what we’ve been trying to do. The guys up front clicked. They stayed on their blocks and opened some holes.”

Ellis also returned a first quarter interception 32 yards for a TD and hauled in a fourth quarter 5-yard TD pass from Caden Stoner. Stoner passed for 106 yards and tossed another TD pass of 13 yards in the second quarter to Mason Line, who finished with 2 catches for 69 yards.

Defensively, JB came up with 8 sacks, which attributed to the Vikings having minus-53 rushing yards, and 4 interceptions by Ellis (two), Stoner and CJ Gerhart.

James Buchanan 39, Northern Lebanon 13
Northern Lebanon 7 6 0 0 – 13
James Buchanan 14 12 6 7 – 39
JB – Logan Miller 75 kick return (kick blocked), 11:51
JB – Grant Ellis 32 interception return (Logan Miller run), 5:51
NL  – 65 pass (kick good), 4:53
JB – Mason Line 13 pass from Caden Stoner (kick blocked), 5:01
NL – Rasheed Beldor 97 kick return (kick failed), 4:47
JB – Miller 15 run (run failed), 2:45
JB – Hunter Smith 1 run (pass failed), 5:57
JB – Ellis 5 pass from Stoner (Bryce Reed kick), 3:54
First downs – NL 5; JB 18
Rushes-yds. – NL 17-(-53); JB 45-290
Passing – NL 7-18-4; JB 5-9-1
Passing yds. – NL 129; JB 106
Total yds. – NL 76; JB 396
Rushing – JB, Jacob Frey 2-(-1), Stoner 5-(-9), Smith 17-101, Ellis 9-95, Miller 1-106, Nathan Brake 1-0, Trent Kuhns 1-(-1).
Passing – JB, Stoner 5-8-1-106, Kuhns 0-1-0-0.
Receiving – JB, Smith 1-7, Line 2-69, Miller 1-25, Ellis 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS – JB, Ellis 2, Stoner, CJ Gerhart.

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