Vernon punishes Holmes County 51-7

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM.

VERNON — The Vernon Yellow Jackets took control of the ball in the first quarter and never looked back, thrashing the Holmes County High School Blue Devils 51-7 Friday night in Vernon.

Holmes County drew first blood when the Blue Devils recovered a fumbled Vernon snap and Chad Leavins rushed for 53 yards on three plays to score the Blue Devils’ only touchdown at the 9:07 mark in the opening quarter. John Etheridge’s kick was good for the extra point.

On their next possession, the Yellow Jackets drove 51 yards with Austin Brown rushing 26 yards on two carries for consecutive first downs, putting Vernon on the Holmes County 25-yard line. Then Darrius Peterson ran it in on a sweep to score, only to have the touchdown called back on a holding call.

Three Vernon TDs were voided due to flags for the evening, including a 90-yard kick return by Julian Silas — Vernon’s fouls kept the 51-7 drubbing even more lopsided.

Not to be deterred, Aaron Bowers scored on a 40-yard scamper from the reverse on the next play. Bowers also kicked the extra point to tie the score up 7-7 with 7:12 to play in the first quarter.

From that point on, it was all Vernon.

Three seconds into the second quarter, Darrius Peterson went up the middle from the 4-yard line to score for the Yellow Jackets, capping a 88-yard, 12-play drive. The extra point attempt was blocked but Vernon went up 13-7.

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