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Jeannette coach looks for improved tackling from team

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Howard | The Jeannette Spirit
Starting quarterback Julian Batts carries the ball in for a two-point conversion.
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Miles Sunder catches a pass for the first home touchdown of the 2013 season.
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Jeannette's Damone Morton catches a pass for a touchdown.

On the surface, it appears that Jeannette football coach Roy Hall has nothing to worry about.

His team is 2-0 and has outscored its opponents by more than 31 points a game including last Friday's 62-27 Interstate Conference win over Charleroi at McKee Stadium.

So why is Hall so worried?

“Our front seven have had problems tackling guys,” said Hall. “I'm worried that when we face teams down the road with big feature backs, we might have a problem stopping them.”

Jeannette cruised to a win over Charleroi thanks mostly to a big-play night from the team's offensive standouts.

Junior quarterback Julian Batts threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to help the Jayhawks build a huge third quarter lead despite a sloppy defensive effort.

“We have very good skill players and that helped us win the game,” said Hall.

“But Charleroi was more aggressive than us, looking at it again on film, and that is something we have to fix.”

Batts hit Miles Sunder from 17 yards out to open the scoring and then connected with Damone Morton on a 25-yard scoring strike.

The Jayhawks were quickly up 15-0. Charleroi responded on a 24-yard run by Brandon Bowman.

The teams traded second-quarter scores and the Jayhawks led 22-13 at halftime.

The Jayhawks exploded for 27 third-quarter points on four touchdowns by four different players.

Charleroi scored on a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that just added to Hall's frustration about Jeannette's tendency so far this season to allow long runs.

At 2-0 in the Interstate Conference, Jeannette stands at the top with Mount Pleasant, who beat Greensburg Central Catholic last Friday, Washington, who steam rolled Southmoreland, and Yough, a winner over Brownsville and host to the Jayhawks Friday night.

Yough has dominated both of its opponents this season and is looking to establish itself as a legitimate player in the Interstate Conference.

“Teams know we are a good program here, so if they can beat us it gives them more confidence that they are a good team,” said Hall.

“Coach Mark Crovak has done a great job with the Yough program and they are going to be a very tough team.”

Jeannette has survived its tackling and aggression woes through two games, but it is definitely not the formula Hall knows Jeannette needs to keep winning in the very tough Interstate Conference.

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