INDIAN HILL – Cincinnati Country Day senior quarterback J’Quaan Waite has patiently waited his turn behind Cam Alldred. Now, he’s making the most of his chance.
He and favorite target Myles Jackson have developed a penchant for executing big plays in previous games. It continued in the 41-7 victory against rival Summit Country Day in the battle for “The Country Day Cup,” The Indians have now won the matchup three times in a row.
He found Jackson for two deep touchdowns, 127 yards total. Running back Nick Sam added three touchdowns of his own.
“It was a good game for most of the time, it just got away at the end,” CCD coach Tim Dunn said. “It was a good, physical win. That’s as physical as we’ve played this season.”
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The Waite-Jackson connection got the Indians started early. The duo connected for 57 yards. Sean O’Brien tacked on the extra point. CCD led 7-0 with 8:46 left in the first quarter.
CCD scored about a minute later after Summit fumbled on its ensuing possession. Sam added a 10-yard rushing touchdown. O’Brien added the PAT for a 14-0 lead.
The Indians’ offense slowed considerably for the rest of the first and into the second quarter after the fast start. They opted to work the ground game.
Waite even had an underthrown pass that Summit defensive back Xavier Johnson came down with.
Fortunately for the Indians, CCD defensive back Cam Davis intercepted the ball on the ensuing play.
On the next drive, Waite made up for his earlier miscue and broke the malaise with a 70-yard connection to Jackson.
“I’ve been playing basketball with Myles for years,” Waite said. “I know that if I throw it up, he’ll go and get it for me. We have a lot of trust there.”
After Summit’s opening drive in the second half stalled, Jackson McKeever woke his team up. On third-and-short, he broke through the middle of the defense and didn’t stop until he reached the end zone 64 yards later. Allen Waltz added the PAT to cut the deficit to 20-7 with 5:16 left in the third.
Related: Summit Country Day schedule, stats
Later in the frame, CCD countered with another Sam touchdown, a five-yard score. O’Brien tacked on the extra point to lead 27-7.
Summit mounted a short-lived threat late in the third quarter. Waltz maintained his focus to haul in a deep pass after it was tipped.
A play or two later though, Summit coughed up a fumble that was recovered by Schuyler Snell.
Earlier in the game, CCD scored touchdowns about a minute apart. The Indians were quicker late in the fourth.
After Sam scored his third touchdown of the game, Will Brady recovered a fumble and scored 17 seconds later.
That activated the running clock and eventually, CCD lined up in victory formation.
PLAYER(s) OF THE GAME: J’Quann Waite and Myles Jackson. The duo connected for two deep touchdowns, 127 yards total. Honorary nod goes to Nick Sam. He added three short touchdowns.
PLAY OF THE GAME: After CCD defensive back Cam Davis intercepted a pass, Waite made up for his earlier miscue and broke the malaise with a 70-yard connection to Jackson.
Summit Country Day 0 0 7 0 – 7
CCD 14 6 7 14 -41
CCD- Jackson 57-yard catch (O’Brien kick) 8:46 – 1st
CCD- Sam 10-yard run (O’Brien kick ) 7:38 – 1st
CCD-Jackson 70-yard catch (PAT missed) 2:09 – 2nd
SCD- McKeever 64-yard run (Waltz kick) 5:16- 3rd
CCD- Sam 5-yard run (O’Brien kick)
CCD- Sam 4-yard run (O’Brien kick) 3:47 – 4th
CCD- Brady fumble recovery (O’Brien kick) 3:33 4th