Jackson Memorial took a step in the right direction Friday night.
Memorial defeated Tom River East, 33-17, in a Shore Conference Class A South game.
“I think that we took a lot of steps in the right direction tonight,” Jackson head coach Walt Krystopik said. “It’s about getting better every week and we did that.”
Last week the Jaguars lost to Manalapan, 30-12.
“We have a very young football team, we graduated 15 guys who started for us last season,” Krystopik said. “We took our lumps against a good Manalapan team last week and it was an eye-opener for everyone.”
The loss to the Braves could end up being a good thing for Jackson Memorial, according to Ben Collins, a senior offensive lineman.
“You always talk about taking steps forward and if you are not you are going backwards and that is something that we did not want to do,” Collins said. “Last week was an eye-opener for a lot of us. It shows you where we are and we found that out last week.”
The Jaguars’ offense opened the scoring in the first quarter when Ken Bradley scored on an 18-yard run to make the score 6-0 after the first quarter.
Jackson opened up a 13-0 lead on a 57-yard touchdown run by junior running back Khani Glover. Glover then added a 4-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0 midway through the second quarter.
Glover was filling in for the injured Justin Gullo.
“Today he (Glover) took a big step, Justin Gullo was our starter for most of the scrimmages and he is out,” Krystopik said. “He stepped up today and had a great game. He also pitched in on defense when we needed him to.”
Glover finished the day with 193 yards on 29 carries and three rushing touchdowns. Glover also added a receiving touchdown.
“I know that with the injury to the first string back that I have to come out here and help us score,” Glover said. “We had to get the win and get ourselves rolling. All coach says is follow your blocks and that is what I did.”
Despite the win, Krystopik said the Jaguars defense has to improve.
“It seems like we were going to have to score 56 points to win this game,” Krystopik said. “We have to take care of our responsibilities on defense and make stops. We should not have to score 33 points to feel comfortable in a game.”