PINEVILLE — North Laurel jumped out ahead and never looked back, as the Jaguars beat Pineville 42-20 in Friday’s Laurel Bowl. North Laurel had an impressive showing in the first half jumping out to a 27-8 lead.
The running game of the Jaguars is what did the trick. Michael Nelson and Gabe Blair were responsible for the Jaguars’ 27 points in the first half.
In the first quarter, following a fumble by Pineville’s Andrew Douglas, North Laurel marched 45 yards down the field for a touchdown with 4:45 left in the first quarter. Blair was the individual that punched the ball into the end zone. The score put the Jaguars up 6-0, following a missed two-point conversion.
On the Mountain Lions’ next possession, after a turnover on downs at the 19-yard-line, Nelson ran 19 yards for the touchdown. Following the extra point, The Jaguars led 13-0.
In the second quarter, North Laurel added to its lead. Following an interception by Isaac Napier, Nelson ran 35 yards for the touchdown, increasing the score to 20 - 0.
The Jaguars continued thei first half dominance by adding one more touchdown before the half. After a fumble and an offsides penalty that put the Jaguars in a third-and-two situation, Nelson turned on the wheels for a 11 yard touch down run, making the score 27-0.
The momentum did shift directions near the end of the second quarter. With 15 seconds remaining in the half, Conner Ford was able to blast through the line for a touchdown. The Mountain Lions were able to convert the two-point conversion using a half back pass from Tanner Mike to Ford, making the score 27-8 to end the half.
Pineville used the momentum from the touchdown to score again in the third quarter. The Mountain Lions received the ball to start the quarter. They were able to march 37 yards down the field. From the seven-yard-line, Jamie Roan completed a pass to Byron Asher for the score. The two-point conversion was no good, as North Laurel held on to a 27-14 lead.
The Jaguars would not allow Pineville to continue its scoring run.
After an impressive march down the field, Nelson scored once again on an 11 yard run, increasing the score to 33-14.
North Laurel would score its final touchdown after recovering an onside kick. Nelson would complete a 28 yard pass to Cole Lewis to make the score 40-14.
In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars would sack Mike in the end zone for a safety, increasing the score to 42-14. Pineville’s final touchdown would come from the legs of Douglas. Douglas would run eight yards for the touchdown, making the final score 42-20 in favor of North Laurel.
Following the game, post-game awards were handed out. Roan won the offensive player of the game for Pineville and Ford would take home the defensive player of the game award.
Pineville (0-1) plays at McCreary Central next Friday.