After running into Ready High School field-goal kicker A.J. Craddock midway through the fourth quarter, senior defensive end Hudson Jump ran over to coach Jason Peters on the Grandview sideline and vowed to atone.
“I told him I could get the next kick,” Jump said, “and Coach said, ‘You go get it then.’”
Jump, a state champion wrestler at 195 pounds, used his leverage and explosiveness to do just that, blocking an extra-point try by Craddock with 25.6 seconds remaining as Grandview held on to defeat visiting Ready 17-16 on Sept. 14 in a non-league game.
“There isn’t a whole lot Hudson didn’t do,” Peters said. “He’s just a special kid, and he showed why once again on that blocked kick. We did just enough to come away with a big win.”
Jump rushed for 136 yards on 16 carries, including a 65-yard TD run on Grandview’s first play from scrimmage. He made four tackles for loss, one coming on fourth down. He also made a huge 32-yard reception in the fourth quarter, which happened to be the Bobcats’ only first down of the second half.
“We haven’t played a real big game, and this means a lot for us to come away with this win over a really good team,” said Jump, who played sparingly as a junior because of injuries. “We’re not that big and we don’t have much depth, but we found a way.”
After Jump’s long TD and his fourth-down stop, the Bobcats tilted the field position. Joey Bertani sacked Ready quarterback Austin Aiello in the end zone for a safety to make it 9-0.
“I closed on the tackle and got a free release,” Bertani said. “That’s the kind of play a defensive player dreams about and it came at a good time in a big game.”
Brian Collier also had an interception at the goal line for Grandview (4-0).
In the final minute of the half, Grandview drove 83 yards for a touchdown. Running back Sam Speaks scored from a yard out on a wildcat play to make it 17-0.
The momentum turned in Ready’s favor in the second half. The Silver Knights (1-3) dominated the smaller Bobcats on the line and ran at will, with 5-foot-6, 147-pound running back Jack Foley doing much of the damage.
Within two minutes, Foley scored on a 15-yard run and Craddock booted a 42-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 17-10.
With 5:51 remaining, Ready mounted a 15-play, 71-yard scoring drive that included two fourth-down conversions. On the final one, Aiello — with Jump hanging on to his legs — found Foley on a 9-yard TD pass out of the backfield.
The extra-point snap was a tad low, but the play was all about the effort of Jump, who steamrolled around left end for the block.
“That kid’s a great football player, no doubt about it,” Ready coach Brian Cross said. “It’s too bad we waited until the second half to play football. We made just changes and, fortunately, they didn’t adjust. We had our opportunities but just didn’t get it done.”
Foley rushed for 143 yards on 32 carries, and Jaishan Norris had two interceptions to pace Ready.
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