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Jonesboro junior wide receiver Cameron Sutton accounted for three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 39-0 win over Mount Zion in a Region 4-AAAA contest Friday.
Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd was going for all the marbles on the first play of the game.
He called for his “crib team” on the opening kickoff. That special team’s main mission is to help talented wide receiver Cameron Sutton score.
It worked to perfection as Sutton went 85 yards on the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
From there, it was no letting up for the Cardinals in their 39-0 victory over neighborhood rival Mount Zion Friday at Tara Stadium.
“The kids knew we only had one shot at making it right,” Floyd said. “We call it the crib team because we are trying to take it to the house. I think it gave us a little motivation going into the game.”
In addition to the kickoff return, Sutton had a seven-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, and then ended the team’s scoring with a 57-yard touchdown catch.
“We wanted to jump on them early, and not let up,” Sutton said.
With the win, the Cardinals move to 2-0 overall and in Region 4-AAAA heading into its bye week.
“Before the game, we made a speech that we were going to come out here and handle our business,” said Jonesboro quarterback Cedric Nettles, who had two touchdown passes and ran for a 40-yard touchdown.
“We wanted to make some plays on both the offense and defense,” he said.
The Cardinals scored at least one touchdown in every quarter in a game built as the “Backyard Classic,” which was the season-opener for Mount Zion.
Last season, Mount Zion won 7-6, but was later stripped of the win because it self-reported that it used an eligible player.
“Last year it was a tough fought game,” Floyd said. “We waited an entire year to get back to this game. That touchdown by Cameron really set the tone early. The momentum definitely swung in our favor.”
Mount Zion’s first two drives ended in Cardinals territory. Penalties and turnovers seemed to do the Bulldogs in just as much as the Jonesboro defense.
The Bulldogs had two interceptions and was penalized for 70 yards in the game.
“I think through these first two games that the players have gained a lot of confidence,” Floyd said. “We are hoping that this confidence can push us through the rest of the season.”