The Jackson Ironmen outscored Miami Trace 27-7 in the second half to pull away in a 48-28 Frontier Athletic Conference win on Friday night.
Jackson, which rolled up 572 yards of offense, including 487 yards on the ground, held Miami Trace to just 98 rushing yards for the game.
Brady Wallace led the Panthers with 92-yards rushing on 14 carries and two touchdowns. He also completed two passes for 94 yards.
In fact, the first score by the Panthers came by Wallace on an 80-yard run on the first play from scrimmage to begin the game.
"They showed so many wide plays and we were in a stunt where our tackles were going out, the linebackers were blitzing the B gap and they ran straight up the gut and we didn't even see him," Jackson head coach Andy Hall said.
The Panthers, however, got 221 of its 319 yards of total offense through the air. Quarterback Tyler Taylor was 12 of 27 with two touchdowns and one interception.
Jackson (6-1, 2-0 Frontier Athletic Conference) took a while to get its offense going in response to Wallace's TD run, scoring on three consecutive drives to take a 21-7 lead.
Jared Icenhower was responsible for two of those three scores, with the first coming on a 74-yard touchdown run and the other, a 52-yard pass to Reid Evans.
Unfortunately, the junior receiver suffered a season-ending leg injury, which Coach Hall described as a Joe Theismann type injury that you just don't want to see.
"He was dragging a guy from behind and his leg got caught in the ground and he flipped over," said Hall. "All I know is both bones in the lower leg is broken and he has been transported to Children's Hospital in Columbus.
"Our prayers go out to him, his mom and dad, Molly and Mike as well as his entire family."
Between those two scores, Caleb Haller capped a 5-play, 60-yard drive, as he scored on a 2-yard run.
Icenhower was 3 of 5 for 83 yards with one touchdown for the game. He also ran for 100 yards and had two rushing touchdowns in the win.
Miami Trace (1-6, 1-1) overcame the 14-point deficit, as Wallace scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run and the Panthers trailed 21-13 after the extra-point kick was blocked.
Six minutes later, Taylor and Caden Sweitzer hooked up for a 15-yard touchdown pass and then Taylor hit Coby Hughes on the two-point conversion try to tie the game 21-21 going in at the half.
"It seemed like after the injury to Reid, our kids were deflated and all of a sudden they (Miami Trace) got the momentum and we kind of lost who we were," said Hall. "But give those guys credit. They've played a good non-conference schedule this season and have been in almost every game."
The momentum swung back in Jackson's favor in the second half, as Icenhower's seven-yard scoring run on the opening drive of the third quarter, capped a 69-yard drive and gave the Ironmen a 28-21 lead.
Then Jackson followed with a 49-yard drive, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Haller with 1:14 left in the third quarter. The extra-point kick failed and Jackson led 34-21.
Blake McCoy, who is the one player most teams worry about, led Jackson's ground attack as he rushed for 242 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
With 6:14 left to go in the game, the Ironmen's senior tailback scored his first of two touchdowns for Jackson on an 82-yard run. Icenhower threw to Payton Speakman for the two-point conversion to give the Ironmen a 42-21 lead.
"We challenged our five lineman and two tight ends because we decided we were going to run the football the entire second half. We told them we are going to win or lose behind them," said Hall. "Boy did they respond. They graded out better than they have all year and they did it all in the second half.
"Between Blake (McCoy), who rushed for 242 yards and our quarterback (Jared Icenhower), who had his best game of the year throwing for a touchdown and running for two more, we just wore them down in the second half."
Miami Trace scored a meaningless touchdown on its next drive on a 19-yard pass from Taylor to Wallace with 5:07 left to play and then, McCoy scored on a 65-yard run for the final Jackson touchdown.
With the win, Jackson remains tied with Chillicothe for first-place in the Frontier Athletic Association. The two schools will meet in the final week of the season in what should determine the FAC championship.
"Every game counts now, in the conference as well as for playoff points," said Hall. "Our kids stepped up tonight and met the challenge and our offensive stats were pretty impressive in the second half.
"But we have a lot of work to do. We had some kids banged up with three starters on the bench tonight, who didn't even play."
The Ironmen play at Hillsboro this Friday night, while Miami Trace remains at home to take on Chillicothe.