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Jeannette has easy time with Scotties

| Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, 11:02 p.m.

Before the Friday night lights at McKee Stadium could reach full power, the Class AA No. 3 Jayhawks had put a nice down payment on a season-opening Interstate Conference victory over Southmoreland.

Jeannette (1-0, 1-0) scored on each of its six first-half possessions to take a 42-0 lead at the half on its way to a convincing 48-6 win.

“We reminded them about wanting to start fast, and they responded,” Jeannette coach Roy Hall said. “The offense played well, and that's great.”

The Jayhawks had some question marks about their starting quarterback position entering the season, but senior Seth Miller did his best to quiet any concerns.

Miller was outstanding, particularly in the first half, as he engineered six flawless drives.

Miller got the scoring started with a 15-yard run in the opening quarter. Then in the second quarter, Miller hit Damone Morton on a 58-yard scoring strike. Miller completed 5 of 8 pass attempts for 132 yards.

“When you replace (graduate) Demetrious Cox, you always have questions,” Hall said. “But Miller came out and did the job. We're pleased as a whole but not satisfied.”

Miller was effective, and so was Jeannette's rushing attack. Shavonta Craft led the way with a pair of long touchdown runs, scoring on a 34-yard burst in the first quarter before tacking on a 64-yard jaunt to the end zone in the second.

Anthony Canady and Jordan Edmunds also had short scoring runs in the second quarter to help put the game out of reach.

Quarterback Dakota Datz and the Southmoreland offense struggled to find rhythm. Southmoreland (0-1, 0-1) failed to pick up a first down until the second quarter.

“They were a better team, but we played with no heart, and that's the biggest thing you can say,” Southmoreland coach Dominic Pecora said. “We have to get that corrected.”

Southmoreland broke Jeannette's shutout bid in the third quarter when Datz hit Kevin Bundridge on a 24-yard scoring strike.

But it was too little, too late.

For the Scotties, the defensive problems that were a concern last season appear to have returned.

“They (the defensive problems) were there in the first half, no question,” Pecora said.

The Scotties played better in the second half, but by then the game was well in hand for the Jayhawks.

“We had spurts, but it was just a terrible game,” Pecora said.

Southmoreland hosts Washington next week. Jeannette travels to Charleroi.

Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com or 724-626-3534.

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