The Jacksonville Red Devils ran into a juggernaut last week in a season ending 65-36 loss to the Pulaski Academy Bruins.

The game saw an almost unprecedented first half, with the two teams combining for 87 points. Pulaski Academy did all of their scoring in the half, leading 65-22 at the break.

The Bruins scored on a long pass play on the first play from scrimmage to take an 8-0 lead in the opening seconds. Jacksonville was stopped on their first possession, but got the ball right back after Jacob Price recovered a fumble and took it 36 yards for the score. Lamont Gause added the two-point conversion as Jacksonville tied the game 8-8.

Pulaski Academy’s quick-strike offense and constant onside kicks began to give control to the Bruins. The Bruins scored the next three touchdowns — all through the air — to take a 30-8 lead in the first quarter.

Gause went to work and showed his big play ability by breaking loose and shaking the defense for a 68-yard touchdown run.

The Devils and Bruins traded blows next, with Pulaski Academy scoring and being answered by a solid Jacksonville scoring drive. Reggie Barnes found Terrell Moore for a short touchdown pass to make it 37-22 with less than four minutes left in the half.

Down by just two scores, those final four minutes went all wrong for the Red Devils. The Bruins managed to get three possessions and scored each time to take a 65-22 lead thanks to seven touchdown passes and over 500 yards in the half.

Jacksonville scored a pair of quick touchdowns to open the second half, and then the running clock brought a quick end to the game. Damon Thomas scored from inside the ten, and then later watched Gause break another long one for a 61-yard touchdown.

Gause finished his night with 16 carries for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns.