Freshman running back Ty Jones loves the fourth quarter if you ask Bay Springs head football coach Dan Brady.
Down a six to Lumberton, 22-16, in the final four minutes and twenty seconds of Friday night’s Week 3 contest, Jones and the Bay Springs offense constructed a methodical 56-yard drive to the end zone for the tying score. The five-play touchdown drive ended on a 13-yard run by Jones.
But Jones wasn’t finished. Taking the handoff on a two-point conversion attempt, Jones scored the go-ahead points with 1:39 left on the clock.
“Lumberton got to Ty early [in the game],” said Brady. “But a lot of that has to do with the fact we missed assignments. We got the numbers we want, but we just missed assignments on blocks.
“Ty is a relentless runner. He loves the fourth quarter and the fourth quarter is his. He’ll continue to get better in the fourth quarter. I’m excited about him.”
A last ditched effort by Lumberton in the final minute was stopped cold by an Anthony Wheaton interception at Bay Springs’ 10-yard line. The Bulldogs ran out the clock and earned the 24-22 victory at home.
Bay Springs improves to 3-0. Lumberton falls to 1-2.
Jones gained 31 of the 56 yards on the final Bay Springs offensive drive. His 18-yard run on the first play pushed the Bulldogs in Lumberton territory. All three touchdowns scored by Bay Springs came on carries by the freshman, including a five-yard run in the first Bulldog possession of the second half.
“Early in the game on the drives we didn’t take care of business on, we had a lot of mental mistakes,” Brady said. “Those two scoring drives [in the second half], we were on target.”
Bay Springs trailed on three separate occasions but managed to score when they needed it the most.
“Right now, what we’re dealing with is a young team,” Brady noted. “Our focus is not always there. But our guys stepped up when they had to tonight.”
Brady mentioned other key contributors in the run game that made Friday night’s win possible.
"I'm proud of Chase Wilson," said Brady. "Chase earned some tough yards for us tonight. Chase is maturing.
"And Lamarcus Stubbs. What can I say about him? Malik Holliday gets hurt, and Stubbs comes in with some big carries on both of those second-half drives we scored on."
Stubbs set up the Jones’ touchdown run in the final minutes on back-to-back carries of 23 and eight yards.
The first drive of the second half that ended on the Jones' five-yard TD run sparked life in the Bay Springs offense. It also gave Bay Springs, its first lead of the final half, 16-14.
Player of the Game:
Ty Jones, who received his first Division 1 offer earlier in the week, scored all three Bulldog touchdowns. The freshman entered the game averaging 10.8 yards per carry.
Quote of the Night:
"Our kids are just fighters. They take on that role. We're not always going to pass the eye test, but you can't measure the size of a man's heart. Our kids get after it." - Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady.