Donoho’s offense proceeded to light up the scoreboard, putting up 39 points in the first nine minutes of the game. A second half Falcons offense consisting mostly of dives and quarterback sneaks sealed a 49-0 final.
“We understand that our program is doing a little better, but we’ve experienced what they’re experiencing,” said Donoho coach Shannon Felder. “When you go out hard, do your very best… that’s winning.”
The Falcons recovered a pooch kick at the JCA 35 to begin the game. Will Nunnelly threw three straight passes, finding Will Montgomery a few yards in front of the goalpost to start the scoring. Nunnelly finished 4-for-4 with 73 yards and two touchdowns.
A muffed kickoff resulted in JCA starting its first drive on the goal line. Two plays later the Falcons tackled Clint Looser in the end zone for a safety.
The ensuing drive lasted two plays, as the Falcons scored on a 39-yard catch by Walker Mason to make it 16-0.
Another muffed kick left the Eagles to start their second drive with the ball inside their own 10. Three plays later another Donoho safety put the Falcons up 18-0 about halfway through the first quarter.
“We didn’t execute. We put ourselves in the hole early,” said JCA coach Phil Rollan. “We played a good team tonight… (and) we made their job easier.”
Montgomery took the safety kick 67 yards for a touchdown to make it 25-0. He finished with 90 total yards and two touchdowns.
A quick Eagles three-and-out led to a quick four-play Donoho scoring drive, ending with Adam Ledford running in from 27 yards out to put them up 32-0. Another single-series JCA possession gave way to a two-play Falcons drive, capped by a 47-yard touchdown run by Ledford. He finished with 92 total offensive yards and two touchdowns.
A couple minutes before halftime, the Eagles saw Cameron Bales run for 12 yards — JCA’s only first down in the first half. But the drive ended with a punt. Donoho drove down, but missed a 23-yard field goal attempt.
After an Eagles punt, Paul Lalonde ran in from 27 yards to make it 46-0.
JCA then failed to convert on a fake punt in its own territory. Donoho drove the ball to the one-yard line in seven plays — five of which were quarterback sneaks — but let the clock run out to end the half.
In the first half, the Falcons had 415 total yards to the Eagles’ -1.
Donoho played what seemed like its entire roster the second half, and did not pass at all. A 33-yard Marshall Ghee field goal made it 49-0.
Jefferson Christian Academy never crossed midfield during the game.
Afterward, Felder addressed both teams before leading them in prayer.
“Keep believing, keep tugging,” he told the Eagles. “Winning isn’t always measured on the scoreboard.”
Contact staff writer Jason Bacaj at 256-235-3546