LOS ANGELES-Los Angeles Jordan High School came in with a well know name in pro basketball folklore, but Windward’s Drew Bryant had a lot to show on field for his name sake. Bryant put his stamp on a Windward 23-12 victory with 271 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns, including an electrifying 68-yard punt return.
From his cornerback position on defense, Bryant was able to knock down a few key passes from swift Jordan quarterback James Parks. Bryant also helped his team with seven solo tackles. Safety Austin Webster, who lead the team with 10 tackles on day, was all over the field.
Jordan could not overcome its sloppy play with two fumbles that stopped sure scoring drives, one from the 15-yard line and the second from the four-yard line on first and goal. Jordan had two missed scores and a bad snap that resulted in a safety being called for two points.
That safety was a 14-point swing because on very next play they had a free kick (punt) from their 20-yard line that gave Bryant the opportunity to dazzle with his 68-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Jordan’s D’Anthony Bradford showed off his gifted hands by hauling in a five-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left on clock before the end of the first half to the bring the game to 7-6 Windward lead going into intermission.
The third quarter is when Windward exploded, scoring 16 points and putting the game out reach for good. However, the Jordan Bulldogs didn’t give up. They kept fighting till the end, and added a late quarterback keeper for an eight yard score in the fourth quarter that was last play of day to make the final score 23-12 live from Brentwood Stadium.
Next week Windward (3-0) vs Campbell Hall (0-2), LA Jordan (1-1) vs Hawkins (0-2) next Friday September 21st.
Jevone Moore a writer, photographer by trade and a coach in life at heart. Former UCLA Bruin football player during the good years, City Champs 92-95.