VERNON — The Yellow Jackets took command of their first home game Friday night early in the first quarter, and they never looked back, stinging the Wewahitchka Gators 38-6.
Junior tight end Brandon Malloy put the Yellow Jackets on the board with 5:23 to play in the opening quarter, first carrying the ball 68 yards from the Vernon 30 yard-line to the Wewahitchka 2-yard mark before busting through the middle to score. Senior quarterback Dylan Kirk connected with junior wide receiver Julian Silas on the two-point attempt to make it 8-0.
With 2 minutes left to play in the first quarter, Kirk connected with sophomore wide receiver Austin Brown in the end zone, capping a 70-yard play that began with a Julian Silas interception, stopping a Gator drive at the Vernon 30. The PAT was no good, but the Yellow Jackets led 14-0.
Kirk connected with Brown again from 10-yards out with 4:44 to play in the half, completing a 65-yard, 7-play drive. Kirk’s screen pass to Silas was good for two more points, and Vernon led 22-0.
With 2:10 left to play in the half, Brown picked off a Gator pass inside the Wewahitchka 30 and returned it to the end zone. The PAT was good for two more and the Yellow Jackets led 30-0 going into halftime.
Vernon’s final score came with 8:27 left to play in the 3rd quarter, when Malloy went up the middle from the 2-yard line. Kirk found Brown in the end zone for two points to make it 38-0, which invoked the mercy rule and kept the clock running.
The Gators were able to get on the board when sophomore QB Rashard Raine was able to connect with junior tight end Javar Hill after the Gators recovered a Yellow Jackets fumble at the Vernon 35. Raine connected with Hill at the 9-yard line on the first play, then duplicated the effort from first and goal.
The Yellow Jackets travel to Deane Bozeman High School in Panama City next Friday, while the Gators host Munroe High School from Quincy, Fla. Kick-off is 7 p.m.