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West defeats East in Junior Bowl
by Maurice Dixon
January 08, 2014 11:41 AM | 2535 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>Union Grove junior Jonathan Slade participated in the AT&T Junior Bowl at Grady Stadium New Year’s Eve.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
Union Grove junior Jonathan Slade participated in the AT&T Junior Bowl at Grady Stadium New Year’s Eve.
Rising seniors from the West team jelled much better than their counterparts from the East team in the AT&T Junior Bowl at Grady Stadium on Dec. 31.

Led by Jayson Stanley’s (Creekside) two touchdown catches and Tyler Queen’s (North Cobb) two scores, the West squad cruised to a 38-7 win over the East team.

Jonathan Slade (Union Grove), Malik Barkley (Dutchtown) and Nick Dawson (Eagle’s Landing Christian) were all invited to the contest.

“The game was pretty fun,” Slade said. “We were talking some trash during the week about who was going to win and now that puts the West side at 4-0 since this thing started — which is good.”

Barkley and Dawson were both members of the East team, which trailed 14-0 before Alpharetta’s Austin King found Columbia’s Shadell Bell on a 12-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

“It means a lot to be blessed to be playing in this game,” said Slade, who had four passing attempts in the second half. “It has been a great week. I’ve had a lot of fun.”

Obviously, the rest of the scoring was done by the West squad.

After Queen’s two-yard scoring run gave the West the lead for good in the first quarter, Harrison’s Lorenzo Nunez hooked up with Stanley for a 70-yard touchdown pass early in the second.

To respond to King’s scoring pass to Bell, Sprayberry’s Rodrigo Blankenship nailed a 38-yard field goal halfway through the frame.

Then just before the end of the half, Queen zipped a pass to Stanley for a 47-yard score and a 24-7 advantage for the West at the break.

In the third, the momentum remained in the West’s favor. Blankenship made two more field goals from 33 and 42 yards, respectively.

After a safety against the East early in the fourth, Heard County’s Duranta Dunson capped the scoring with a 21-yard sprint to the end zone.

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