Junior running back Mike Gawlik ran for three touchdowns, and threw one as well, as the Jackson Memorial Jaguars rolled over Brick Memorial 42-14 to take home the CJ IV title.
Turnovers and mistakes killed the Brick Mustangs in the first half, as Memorial led 14-0 at the break. Gawlik put them on the board in the first after converting a third and 28 on a 58 yard throwback screen reception.
FINAL SCORE: Jackson Memorial 42 Brick Memorial 14 pic.twitter.com/vnnR2XWnai
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Moments later, his one-yard scoring plunge put the Jaguars up 7-0. Brick Memorial’s offense, which is not built to play from behind, would turn it over on the next possession after picking up a few first downs.
Gawlik would make the score 14-0 on the next drive, on a possession that saw the Jaguars convert a third and ten as well as a fourth and short. The 27 yard score created the halftime score of 14-0.
The mistakes would continue for Brick Memorial in the second half, as they fumbled the opening kickoff. The Jaguars wasted no time turning it into points, as QB Kyle Johnson ran in on a keeper.
Tim Santiago would do damage with his feet on the next drive, marching the Mustangs into the end zone himself to cut the score to 21-7. He finished with 122 yards on the ground.
However, the Jackson Memorial found another way to score – calling on Gawlik to throw a pass to his quarterback Johnson. Johnson caught it and went in for a score, essentially icing the game at 28-7. They would force a three and out before Gawlik went in again to push the lead to 35-7.
Brick Memorial would finally throw their first pass of the game on the next series (!!!), and it went for a 67-yard scoring strike from Santiago to Elie Lavarin.
This would be as close as the Mustangs would get, as Johnson scored on another keeper. The Jaguars won, 42-14. The Jaguar defense held Brick Memorial to 3 third down conversions on 9 attempts.
Gawlik carried 32 times for 208 yards and the three scores. Hear from him here: