By Doug Gorman
Who says you can't go home again?
Not Fayette County coach Tommy Webb.
Friday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium, the former Jonesboro High School head coach beat his old team 21-0 to stay unbeaten on the season.
Jonesboro made its last trip to the playoffs during Webb's tenure with the Cardinals from 2001-2003, when Harry Douglas, Jamal Lewis and Darrell Robertson all played for the team before eventually signing Division I football scholarships.
Webb, who also served as head coach at Riverdale, might get used to playing games in his old county. Last week, the Tigers' rolled past Mt. Zion in the season opener for both teams.
With the loss, Jonesboro dropped to 0-2 and is still trying to find its offense after getting shut out for the second straight week. A week ago, the Cardinals lost to Upson-Lee to begin the season.
The Cardinals managed just five first downs against the Tigers' defense and saw two possible scoring drives stall on an interception and a fumble. But second-year head coach Clint Satterfield is not ready to panic.
"We obviously have to go out there and correct some things, because we haven't scored in two games, but I am pleased with the effort and how hard we played," he said.
Fayette County attacked the Cardinals' defense with a mix of passing and running throughout the game, and at times used a two-quarterback system to roll up 15 first downs. Starting quarterback Brandon Boykin took the bulk of the snaps for the Tigers, but Andrew Prosser came in and ran a couple of series too.
Matt Daniels scored all three touchdowns for the Tigers, rushing for 113 yards on 20 carries to lift Fayette County to the win.
The Cardinals kept the game close in the first half as the Tigers only built a 7-0 lead at the break.
Fayette County scored the game's only first-half touchdown on the contest's first series, generating a 14-play, 80-yard drive.
Jonathan West keyed the series with an 18-yard gain down to the Cardinals' one on third down, and two plays later, Daniels rolled in from the one for his first score of the game.
Jonesboro failed to pick up a first down on four of its series in the first half to keep itself off the scoreboard in the first half.
Fred Mathis intercepted a Prosser pass as time expired in the first half to kill a possible scoring drive for the Tigers.
Fayette County took a 14-0 lead on its first series of the second half as Daniels capped a six-play, 69-yard drive after completing a nine-yard run.
The Tigers increased the lead to 21-0 midway in the fourth quarter on Daniels' final touchdown of the night as he ran the ball into the end zone on an 8-yard run.
Jonesboro picked up some of its most productive yardage in the second half as quarterback Cliff Crews hit Jason Griffin on a couple of passes, but the Cardinals never could get the ball into the end zone.
The Cardinals will have another opportunity to finally break its eight-quarter scoring drought next week against Morrow.