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QB switch helps Union Grove in win

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Union Grove quarterback Jonathan Selfe (4) looks for some running room against Woodland this past Friday. The junior made his first start of the season in leading the Wolverines to the Region 3-AAAA Div. A win.

Jeff Hurndon Photography Union Grove quarterback Jonathan Selfe (4) looks for some running room against Woodland this past Friday. The junior made his first start of the season in leading the Wolverines to the Region 3-AAAA Div. A win.

Following his team’s overtime loss to Alcovy two weeks ago, Union Grove coach Paul Burgdorf decided to make some offensive changes.

Junior Jonathan Selfe, a defensive back, moved into the starting quarterback spot. Selfe has played some at quarterback for the Wolverines, mostly in the team’s “Wildcat” package. He started one game last season against Fayette County when the starter was out with an injury.

Last Friday’s start might have been what the Wolverines needed as they defeated Woodland 24-14 in a Region 3-AAAA Div. A contest to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the subregion. Selfe was 3 of 6 passing for 33 yards and a touchdown. He also had 61 yards on 18 carries in the win.

“Jonathan is a year older and mature this season,” Burgdorf said.

A starting safety, Selfe played some on defense, but was mostly used on the offensive side.

In his defensive spot, Burgdorf used Austin Monroe and Stephen Clearey. The Wolverines are off this week, before traveling to Dutchtown for a subregion game.

Burgdorf said he expected Selfe to remain the starter.

“At this point, I don’t anticipate making another change,” Burgdorf said. “He has matured into the position.”

CLEARED TO PLAY

Drew coach Jarrett Laws said that starting quarterback Jay Murray has been cleared to play in this Friday’s game against No. 10 Stockbridge in a key Region 4-AAA contest.

Murray played midway through the first quarter in the Titans 35-0 loss to Sandy Creek two weeks ago sustaining a Grade 1 concussion. The Titans had a bye last Friday.

“He is good to go,” Laws said Monday before practice. “It allows my brain to expand the offense with him in there.”

After Murray went down in the Sandy Creek game, Laws was forced to use backup Brandon Pearson, a sophomore. It was Pearson’s first action as a varsity quarterback. Laws said it was only the third time in his life that he had played quarterback.

BIG TEST

Friday’s game against against Stockbridge at Southern Crescent Stadium is perhaps the biggest game in the young existence of the Drew program.

Stockbridge enters the game with a 4-0 record overall and 2-0 in the region while Drew is 2-2 and 1-1. The Titans are still in the playoff hunt for their first-ever state playoff berth since Laws started the program three years ago.

“This game will determine if we are moving forward as a program,” Laws said.

NO POINTS ALLOWED

It is no surprise that Lovejoy has a 4-0 record overall and in Region 4-AAAA heading into Saturday’s game against Tri-Cities.

The Wildcats defense hasn’t allowed a point all season. Lovejoy has recorded three straight shutout wins as it is tied with Jonesboro for the region lead.

Mundy’s Mill has been the only team to score on the Wildcats this season. The Tigers took a kickoff 90 yards in the first quarter of the opening game to record as the only points the team has surrendered.