MCDONALD OH- In a high-stakes showdown, Jackson Milton showcased their late-game heroics to secure a thrilling 28-21 victory over McDonald.
The first quarter saw McDonald’s Drew Zajack connect with Jordan Perry for a touchdown pass, giving them an early 7-0 lead. A pivotal moment came when McDonald recovered an onside kick on the 25-yard line, but they couldn’t capitalize, leaving the score unchanged.
Jackson Milton came roaring back in the second quarter with Cayden Mitchell’s 9-yard touchdown run, tying the game at 7-7. However, Drew Zajack answered with a 3-yard touchdown run for McDonald, regaining their lead at 14-7. Mitchell responded with a 30-yard pass to Aiden Stanke, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by Stanke, tying the score again at 14-14.
In the third quarter, Mitchell unleashed a 50-yard pass to Keegan White, positioning Jackson Milton at the McDonald 32-yard line. Mitchell capitalized on this with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jonah French, pushing Jackson Milton ahead at 21-14.
As the fourth quarter heated up, Zajack delivered under pressure, scoring a 3-yard touchdown run, tying the game once more at 21-21. However, the defining moment came when Cayden Mitchell connected with Vincent Faye for a stunning 57-yard touchdown pass, giving Jackson Milton a 28-21 advantage.
In the closing minutes, Jackson Milton’s defense stepped up, with Keegan White sacking Drew Zajack, sealing the hard-fought victory. Mitchell’s late-game heroics, including a crucial run and the game-winning pass, proved to be the difference-maker.
With this win, Jackson Milton not only secured a thrilling victory but also showcased their resilience and ability to execute under pressure. The game’s excitement highlighted the competitive spirit of high school football, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this season’s journey.