Mahoning edges Trumbull on late kickoff return
CANFIELD — The wheels of Valley Christian’s state track champion Jamynk Jackson carried the Mahoning All-Stars to a 12-7 win over Trumbull in the 34th annual Jack Arvin All-Star Football Classic on Thursday at Canfield High School.
The game featured top recently-graduated seniors from schools in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
“This has been a great time to be able to compete with other top players,” Springfield Brandon Walters said. “It was nice to go out on a good note and get a win in my last high school game.”
Jackson’s 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the difference putting the Mahoning stars up 12-7 after falling behind on the previous play.
Jackson finished the night with 62 yards and a touchdown receiving yards and 8 yards rushing.
Liberty’s Dra Rushton 2-yard run put the Trumbull stars ahead momentarily with 8:58 left in the fourth quarter before the Jackson return.
The offenses got their chances to score in the first half but failed to score by ways of turnover.
Trumbull got to Mahoning’s 6-yard line before Springfield’s Walters’ intercepted the ball with only 49 seconds left in the second quarter.
“That was an exciting moment for me,” Walters said.
Ursuline’s Joe Floyd fumbled the ball on Mahoning side of the field for Trumbull’s Drew Munno from Lakeview to recover.
Mahoning started the second half with a time consuming possesion that ended up in a 40 yard touchdown reception for Jackson. This capped off a nine-play, 78-yard drive that lasted 7:11.
Floyd led Mahoning in rushing with 30 yards on seven carries. Brookfield’s Alex Clark led Trumbull in rushing with 111 yards on 18 carries.
The air game was the key for the Mahoning stars as Boardman’s Domonhic Jones passed for 111 yards.
–Columbiana County’s lone representative at the game was Leetonia’s Brandon Ware, who was out of action due to a shoulder injury. He was a captain for the Mahoning squad.
“It’s been a great experience to be able to meet everyone involved in this game,” Ware said. “Even though I didn’t play I am very proud to be able to represent Columbiana County and be in this game.”
– Lisbon’s Cam Summers, United’s Gary Eichler and Nathan Mikell, and Southern’s Will Grodhaus and Anthony Abraham were selected for the contest, but did not participate.
–The players of the game were Valley Christian’s Jackson for Mahoning and Brookfield’s Clark for Trumbull.
–Jackson helped Valley Christian win its first two state track titles on June 2.
He beat out Wellsville’s Justin Wright to win the Division III 200-meter dash, while also leading the 800-meter relay team to victory.
–Family ties ran through Trumbull head coach Randy Clark as his son Alex Clark of Brookfield was in the contest.
– The 50/50 prize was $162.
M–Jamynk Jackson 40 yard pass from Domonhic Jennings (kick failed)
T–Dra Rushton 2 yard run (Noah Busefink kick)
M–Jamynk Jackson 96 yard kickoff return (kick failed)
First downs 12 9
Total Yards 214 204
Rushes-yards 67 183
Passing 147 21
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-0 3-11-1
Punts 3-29 2-31
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 2-15 3-30
RUSHING–Mahoning, Joe Floyd 7-30, Domohnic Jennings 3-17, Jamar Nuby 4-12, Jamynk Jackson 2-8, Jonah Spencer 1-6; Trumbull, Alex Clark 18-111, Dra Rushton 7-27, Evan Adair 3-20, Zach Rogers 1-15, Capone Haywood 1-3, Tyreq Moorer 2-7.
PASSING–Mahoning, Domohnic Jennings 4-7-111, Jonah Spencer 2-4-36; Trumbull, Dra Rushton 2-4-16, Zach Rogers 1-5-5, Nate Fowler 0-1.
RECEIVING–Mahoning, Jamynk Jackson 2-62, Will Dawson 2-40, Elijiah Donley 1-33, Jamar Nuby 1-13; Trumbull: Nate Fowler 2-12, Anthony Backus 1-6, Terrion Jackson 1-3
INTERCEPTIONS– Mahoning, Brandon Walters.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES–Mahoning, Bobby Tooth; Trumbull Drew Munno.