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Nick Nelson rumbles ahead for extra yards for Station Camp during their 39-26 loss to Springfield on Friday. RICK MURRAY
Larkin O’Shea tips away a pass intended for Springfield wide receiver Kameron Calderon. RICK MURRAY
The Station Camp 2017 boys soccer state championship team was honored at halftime of the football game Friday night. RICK MURRAY

GALLATIN -- Springfield's offense was clicking on all cylinders in the Jackets' 39-26 win over Station Camp Friday night in Gallatin.

Dayron Johnson and Keith Jones scored two touchdowns apiece for Springfield.

"We executed well tonight," said Springfield coach Dustin Wilson. "We're just getting to the point in our season when we can call different things. Our passing game looked good, we ran the two-minute drill well at the end of the first half and when we wanted to run the ball we ran the ball well."

Springfield's dual quarterback system continues to keep opponents off balance as both Luke Petitt and Bryan Hayes threw touchdown passes.

"We've been going with the two-quarterback system all year and we'll keep doing it until something is deficient enough that it's hurting us," Wilson said. "We practice like that and we play like that so it's how we're going and I don't see it changing."

Petitt's TD toss was a beautiful 65-yard bomb to wideout Johnson with 4:32 to go in the first period to make it 12-0 Springfield.

"Coach (John) Harrison saw that I was man on man and thought I could get open and I was able to," Johnson said.

A 27-yard field goal by Station Camp's Trey Hampton made it 12-3 Springfield. The teams traded punts and then Jones lined up in the Wildcat for the Jackets and took a direct snap 54 yards to the end zone. Colton Wachter knocked through the extra point to make it 19-3 Yellow Jackets.

Springfield closed out the first half scoring after taking over with 1:51 left in the second quarter. Hayes completed 5-of-7 passes on the drive for 78 yards. Kameron Calderon, D'Corian Bryant and Travion Woodard all caught passes before Hayes connected with Johnson for a 10-yard scoring pass with 15 seconds remaining in the half.

"Bryan (Hayes) ran our two-minute drill well and he grew up as a quarterback tonight," Wilson said.

The Bison got the ball back and appeared to score on the last play of the half when quarterback Max Barnett connected with Larkin O'Shea on a 40-yard touchdown strike. However, Station Camp was called for holding and the score remained 25-3 Springfield at the half.

"They have a lot of weapons," said Station Camp coach Shaun Hollinsworth. "They were able to get out on the edge and that's been tough for us to defend the entire year. We work real hard on trying to secure the perimeter but we've struggled with that on defense."

Station Camp came out firing in the second half and Barnett connected with Devin Thompson on a 17-yard TD pass with 3:06 remaining in the third period to make it 25-10. The Station Camp defense came out fired up on the next possession and stuffed the Jackets on their first two plays. However, Hayes converted a third-and-five with a nine-yard keeper and then hit Woodard on a swing pass and the senior took the ball 77 yards to the end zone. After Wachter's extra point the Springfield lead was 32-10.

Hayes scored midway through the fourth period on a 26-yard run to make it 39-10.

Wilson said he was pleased by how his defense played as well.

"Defensively we played great again," he said. "The score won't show it since the we gave up a couple scores at the end when we were giving the younger guys some valuable reps, but our defense has been strong all year long."

Springfield middle linebacker Jesse Boucher said it was a team effort.

"We knew that they had a different variation of running backs from watching film," Boucher said. "Really, we had to read our keys and we knew we could stop the run. Our d-line did an amazing job tonight getting to the quarterback and making him roll out and our dbs were killer tonight too. All around it was a great night for our whole defense."

Station Camp scored on two late touchdown passes - both to receiver Rahkilon Williams. The first was thrown by Nick Nelson and the second by Braxton Loewen.

Jacket QB Hayes was 7-of-10 passing for 155 yards and two scores. Jones led the rushing attack with 159 yards on 20 carries and two TDs. Woodard caught two passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.

For Station Camp, Barnett completed 10-of-19 passes for 188 yards and a TD. Nelson rushed for 77 yards on 21 carries and O'Shea hauled in three passes for 85 yards.

The Jackets (3-1) will face rival White House (3-0) on Friday.

"I hope that the game brings a good crowd up to the city park like the old White House Springfield games," Wilson said. "You know what results we're rooting for."

Station Camp (0-4) will next travel to Clarksville to face Rossview (2-2).

"The kids are giving effort, which I'm proud of," Hollinsworth said. "We're just going to have to figure out how to break into the win column. That's the most important thing right now. We need some confidence, we need some morale. We have to find a way to come together and be in the ballgame and give ourselves a chance to win next week."

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