MADISON — Brendan Jones nearly filled Goodpasture’s top 10 plays list by himself on Friday night as the Cougars remained unbeaten with a 42-0 victory over first-year program Green Hill.
Which play do you like?
Jones started the game by returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Jones scored the Cougars’ final touchdown of the game, catching a 27-yard pass in the end zone four minutes into the third quarter.
He set up the scoring drive with an interception.
“I sure hope so. That would be really nice,” Jones said when asked if he would score on a kickoff return for the third consecutive week on Sept. 18 against Lipscomb Academy.
Jones said he has been returning kicks since his freshman season but had not taken one for a touchdown until last season. The Kansas baseball commitment also had four catches for 53 yards.
Cooper Pennington threw three touchdown passes (completing 7-of-11 passes for 135 yards) as Goodpasture (4-0) started the season with four victories for the first time since 2010, when it won its first five games and advanced to the Class 3A state championship game.
Pennington's second scoring pass, a 22-yard strike to Andrew McWilliams in the final minute of the second quarter, gave the Cougars a 35-0 lead at halftime and allowed a running clock for the entire second half.
“Our kids have sacrificed a lot over the summer,” Goodpasture first-year coach Tyler Turner said. “It is so great to see it paying off for them. We don't have a lot of kids, but you just need 11 on the field.”
The Hawks (0-3) have played an undefeated team in each of their first three games. Green Hill had a great chance to make the score close late in the first quarter. It trailed 13-0 and got the ball to the Goodpasture 20 by converting on two fourth-down plays. But Clayton Nordstrom bobbled the snap from in shotgun formation and Jeremy Seepaul scooped up the ball and ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the quarter.
The Cougars also intercepted three passes. Green Hill has committed nine turnovers (four fumbles, five interceptions) this season.
Jaron Elkins had a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and led Goodpasture with 55 yards rushing on seven carries. All his yardage came in the first half. A Green Hill defender’s helmet struck Elkins on the knee during a tackle late in the first half. He left the field on a cart at halftime and sat on a table with an icepack on his knee during the second half. Turner said that Elkins was expected to get X-rays Saturday morning.
Freshman Musa Wellman replaced Elkins in the second half and rushed for 20 yards on nine carries.
Goodpasture returns to its DII-AA Middle schedule on Sept. 18 against Lipscomb Academy at Cougar Stadium. It will be the first region game of the season for the Mustangs.
“Lipscomb Academy will be one tough test for us,” Turner said. “We have to beat the best to get to where we want to be.”
Green Hill - 0 0 0 0 — 0
Goodpasture - 20 15 7 0 —42
GCS - Brendan Jones 100-yard kickoff return (Kick failed)
GCS - Jaron Elkins 13-yard run (Darius Barksdale kick)
GCS - Jeremy Seepaul 80-yard fumble return (Barksdale kick)
GCS - Josh Williams 47-yard pass from Cooper Pennington (Barksdale kick)
GCS - Andrew McWilliams 22-yard pass from Pennington (Seepaul run)
GCS - Jones 27-yard pass from Pennington (Barksdale kick)