BREAKING: Jay Ajayi To The Eagles

Ajayi to the Eagles for a 4th-Rounder

Recently, it was reported that the Miami Dolphins traded RB Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 4th-round draft pick, and boy, do I have some things to say.

Before I get into bashing my favorite football team, I would like to wish The JayTrain the best of luck in Philly. I hope you win a Super Bowl and shove it right in the Dolphins faces.

Okay, now let’s get right to it. What are we thinking!? I understand that trades are a part of the sport, but really? A 4th-rounder? I understand that Ajayi’s numbers aren’t the best this year, but that’s the Dolphins fault. The offensive line is just that…offensive. They clearly can’t push forward for the run and they aren’t great at protecting the QB, either. Aside from the lack of blocking, the offensive scheme is all wrong for the kind of runner Ajayi is. His nickname is literally “JayTrain,” which would imply that he might need some steam before meeting the line.

Instead of putting him 7 or 8 yards behind the QB in a single back set, the Dolphins put him beside the QB like they’re going to run a read option or something. There are only a couple of RBs in the league that should be lined up that way. Le’Veon Bell can line up beside Big Ben because his running style is patient. Shady McCoy can line up beside Tyrod Taylor because his QB is mobile, so they can run all sorts of options. But Ajayi, like Zeke and LaGarrett Blount, needs to get some momentum going before they hit the line of scrimmage because they thrive on contact. They are power backs.

I don’t know what else to say here. From the Dolphins’ perspective, it was just a bad trade. On the other hand, the Eagles might have just assured themselves the NFC East. It seems as if Ajayi will be the perfect compliment to their young QB, Carson Wentz, and the other three teams in the division are on the downtrend…unless the Redskins can find a receiver at the deadline. (Watch it be Jarvis Landry)

So the Eagles may win the Super Bowl and the Dolphins may end up getting a top-5 draft pick. These two franchises are going in very different directions just because of this one move. Every year, I say “let’s make this the best Trade Deadline ever,” no matter what the sport. I love trades, always have, so it’s only right that my team rips my heart out using one of my favorite things.

Again, I wish you the best, JayTrain. Keep running people over and get yourself a ring. Enjoy Wentzylvania.

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Breaking: Jimmy G to the 49ers for a 2nd Rounder

Breaking: Jimmy G to the 49ers for a 2nd Rounder

Jimmy G’s Heading West

After years of speculation, the Patriots have finally dealt Jimmy Garoppolo. Though many thought Cleveland would ultimately be Garoppolo’s landing destination, Jimmy G is heading out west. John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan, and the 49ers swooped in and got their man. It was no secret. Kyle Shanahan was a Jimmy G fan coming out of Eastern Illinois, Shanahan’s father Mike’s alma mater. After the 2014 combine, Shanahan had high praise for the youngster and the signal-caller was near the top of his draft board. The cards didn’t fall right come draft night, but three years later the two are joining forces in San Francisco.

One thing is clear, rebuilding or not, 0-8 is unacceptable to Lynch and Shanahan. QB play isn’t the sole reason the 49ers are winless this season, but it has played a major role. During the draft and offseason, the newly rehauled front-office choose to rebuild the team from the defense up. Under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, the 49ers defense has played well enough to keep the team competitive, but the offense’s inability to move the football effectively has continually shot the team in the foot.

Brian Hoyer was brought in as a place-holder for the 2017 season. His only job was to manage the offense, use his experience, and maybe steal a couple of games.  Aside from a week one loss to Carolina, the 49ers lost five straight games by three points or less. 2017 third-round pick C.J. Beathard took over for Hoyer during a week 6 loss to the Redskins. Three weeks later, the 49ers cut Hoyer following the Garoppolo trade.

Experiment, Audition, or Franchise Cornerstone?

It is unlikely Garoppolo won’t make his 49er debut this weekend against Arizona. We may not even see Jimmy G take the field in Week 10 against the Giants. San Francisco has their bye in week 11; expect Garoppolo to be starting by week 12. Some NFL experts think Garoppolo will be a perfect for Shanahan’s scheme, but there is really no way of telling. Though Jimmy G has some experience, his sample size is way too small. Also, Jimmy G was subbing for Tom Brady in a well-oiled, high-powered Patriot offense. Now, he’s behind one of the worst offenses lines in the NFL with one of the weakest receiving corps.

The trade is a calculated risk for the 49ers. Yes, they gave up a second-round pick, but the gamble could be worth the opportunity to test-drive Jimmy G for the rest of the season. If Garoppolo picks up Shanahan’s offense and shows promise, the 49ers have their franchise-guy. If he doesn’t, the 49ers only lost a draft pick and can still go after Kirk Cousins in free agency. The 49ers could also franchise tag Garoppolo for the 2018 season. At that point, Jimmy G would have an entire offseason to study Shanahan’s playbook and the 49er front office can surround the 25-year old with playmakers.

Garoppolo to the 49ers presents a rare opportunity for all sides involved. Let’s see how it plays out.

 

Friday Night Recap Week 11

Week 11

Friday Night Spotlight Game of the Week

#13 Newton-Conover 27, #22 Maiden 30

In a week 11 battle of rival devils, blue and red respectively, Maiden and Newton-Conover put on a thriller. Both teams came into the game tied atop the South Fork 2A Standings, each with a 5-0 conference record. A win by Maiden would guarantee at least a share of the conference title. If Newton-Conover won, a win versus East Lincoln next week would secure a conference crown for the Red Devils. Also on the line, Maiden’s perfect record. After the opening kickoff, the two schools went back and forth all night. Every time one team scored, the other would respond and put points on the board.

The game was decided on Maiden’s final drive. With less than four minutes to play in the game, the Red Devils punted to Maiden hoping their defense could hold their 27-23 lead. Maiden took over on their own 19-yard line. That’s when senior QB Keygan Mayfield and junior WR Caleb McDaniel, who had connected for two touchdowns already, went to work. Within a minute, the Blue Devils were crossing midfield. After a couple of incomplete passes, Maiden faced a 3rd-and-8. Right on cue, McDaniel came up big again. This time the junior snagged a pass out of a crowd and moved the sticks. 

Under 45 seconds to play, Maiden had backed up the Newton-Conover defense to their own 8-yard line. Then, Maiden was flagged for holding and called back to the Newton-Conover 28. The extra space was exactly what they needed. On the next play, McDaniel broke free on a post route and Mayfield found him in the end zone with 25 seconds left. Casey Ly punched in the PAT and Maiden took a 30-27 lead. With only 25 seconds on the scoreboard, Newton-Conover was out of time and the victory belonged to Maiden.

Scoring summary

First quarter

Newton-Conover: Shamar Baker 2-yard run (Francisco Tapia kick), 7:06. (Score: NC 7-0)

Maiden: Keygan Mayfield 3-yard run (kick failed), 2:36. (Score: NC 7-6)

Second quarter

Newton-Conover: S. Baker 78-yard pass to Jaheim Mullen (run failed), 7:23. (Score: NC 13-6)

Maiden: K. Mayfield 33-yard pass to Caleb McDaniel (Casey Ly kick), 0:00. (Score: 13-13)

Third quarter

Maiden: K. Mayfield 16-yard pass to C. McDaniel (Ly kick), 8:03. (Score: M 20-13)

Newton-Conover: S. Baker 24-yard pass to J. Mullen (Tapia kick), 5:06. (Score: 20-20)

Fourth quarter

Maiden: Ly 28-yard field goal, 10:31. (Score: M 23-20)

Newton-Conover: Allen Willfong 5-yard run (Tapia kick), 8:44. (Score: NC 27-23)

Maiden: K. Mayfield 28-yard pass to C. McDaniel (Ly kick), 25.2. (Score: M 30-27)

Final Notes

Keygan Mayfield finished the game with 274 passing yards on 19/25 pass attempts and also ran for 104 yards on 20 attempts. The senior QB scored all four of Maiden’s touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush). Caleb McDaniel caught twelve passes for 161 yards and all three of Mayfield’s TD passes. Sophomore Dylan Abernethy also got in the action, hauling in five passes for 99 yards. For Newton-Conover, Shamar Baker through for 227 yards on 11/20 pass attempts.

Maiden (10-0, 6-0) remains undefeated on the season and now owns a share of the South Fork 2A Conference title. The Blue Devils can claim the title all to themselves with a win at Lincolnton (5-5, 4-2) this Friday Night. Newton-Conover (8-2, 5-1) will have another tough matchup next week at home against East Lincoln (6-4, 5-1).


Top 25 Rundown

4A

School (Record) 

Score

Week 11 Opponent 

1 Mallard Creek (10-0) 41-7 vs #13 Hough
2 Wake Forest (10-0) 56-0 at Wakefield
3 Harding Uni. (9-1) BYE
4 Scotland (8-1) 63-14 at Lumberton
5 Heritage (10-0) 55-6 vs Rolesville
6 Glenn (10-0) 48-20 vs R.J. Reynolds
7 D.W. Butler (7-2) 47-0 vs Garinger
8 West Forsyth (10-0) 38-7 vs Ronald Reagan
9 Myers Park (9-1)  35-28 vs #23 Porter Ridge
10 Providence (7-3) 56-26 at POBAT
11 Page (9-1) 42-0 vs Grimsley
12 Hoggard (10-0) 41-3 at 3A South Brunswick
13 Hough (7-3) 7-41 at  #1 Mallard Creek
14 Hickory Ridge (9-1) 47-35 vs East Mecklenburg
15 Cardinal Gibbons (10-0) 52-12 vs Southeast Raleigh
16 Z.B. Vance (8-2)  42-18 at #18 North Mecklenburg
17 West Mecklenburg (7-3) 42-7 at South Mecklenburg
18 North Mecklenburg (7-3) 18-42 vs #16 Z.B. Vance
19 Seventy-First (7-3) 19-25 at #21 Richmond
20 East Forsyth (6-4)  35-7 vs #24 Davie
21 Richmond (7-3) 25-19 vs #19 Seventy-First
22 Sanderson (7-3) 59-7 vs Broughton
23 Porter Ridge (6-4) 28-35 at #9 Myers Park
24 Davie (4-6) 7-35 at #20 East Forsyth
25 Middle Creek (8-2) 55-14 at Holly Springs

 

3A

School (Record) 

Score

Week 11 Opponent

1 Charlotte Catholic (10-0) 49-10 vs Cuthbertson
2 Marvin Ridge (10-0) 28-20 at #11 Sun Valley
3 Dudley (9-1) 48-6 vs North Forsyth
4 New Hanover (10-0) 55-0 vs North Brunswick
5 Western Alamance (10-0) 31-14 vs Eastern Alamance
6 Jacksonville (9-1) 51-0 vs White Oak
7 Havelock (9-1) 78-0 at Swansboro
8 Mount Tabor (8-2) 48-22 at Parkland
9 Clayton (9-0) 56-13 at Smithfield-Selma
10 Southern Nash (9-1) 35-7 at Rocky Mount
11 Sun Valley (7-3) 20-28 vs #2 Marvin Ridge
12 Kings Mountain (9-1) 63-7 at Forestview
13 Weddington (7-3) 34-0 at Monroe
14 Lee County (10-0) 44-7 at Triton
15 Terry Sanford (9-1) 42-23 vs 4A Pine Forest
16 Cape Fear (8-3) 30-31 OT at E.E. Smith
17 Crest (7-3) 56-8 at Burns
18 A.C. Reynolds (9-1) 57-8 vs West Henderson
19 A.L. Brown (8-2)  42-49 vs #21 J.M. Robinson
20 Eastern Guilford (8-2)   BYE
21 J.M. Robinson (8-2) 49-42 at #19 A.L. Brown
22 South Iredell (8-2) 49-7 at North Iredell
23 D.H. Conley (9-1) 56-14 at Southern Wayne
24 SW Guilford (7-3) 49-0 vs Western Guilford
25 Alexander Central (9-1) 28-38 at Hickory

 

2A

School (Record) 

Score

Week 11 Opponent 

1 South Point (10-0) 69-0 at Chase
2 Shelby (9-1) 28-7 vs #25 East Rutherford
3 Reidsville (10-0) 65-0 at Bartlett Yancey
4 East Duplin (10-0) 49-0 vs James Kenan
5 Wallace-Rose Hill (8-1) 28-22 vs Clinton
6 Hibriten (10-0) 48-0 vs West Iredell
7 Northeastern (10-0) 63-28 vs First Flight
8 North Davidson (9-1) 45-0 vs Salisbury
9 Mountain Heritage (9-0) 42-31 vs 1A #21 Polk County
10 Franklin (10-0) 17-13 at Pisgah
11 South Granville (10-0) 55-9 at Granville Central
12 Mount Pleasant (7-2) 15-9 vs East Montgomery
13 Newton-Conover (8-2) 27-30 at #22 Maiden
14 South Columbus (10-0) 42-0 at West Bladen
15 Randleman (8-1) 49-0 vs Eastern Randolph
16 SW Edgecombe (9-1) 41-21 at North Johnston
17 Hendersonville (7-3) 43-0 vs Brevard
18 East Bladen (9-1) 49-12 at 1A South Robeson
19 Ledford Sr. (8-1) 41-10 at East Davidson
20 SW Onslow (7-3) 54-0 at Pender
21 Nash Central (8-2) 70-0 at North Pitt
22 Maiden (10-0) 30-27 vs #13 Newton-Conover
23 Whiteville (9-1) 61-13 vs St. Pauls
24 Patton (8-2) 63-20 vs Bunker Hill
25 East Rutherford (6-4) 7-28 at #2 Shelby

 

1A

School (Record) 

Score

Week 11 Opponent 

1 Tarboro (10-0)    BYE
2 Mount Airy (10-0) 73-6 vs Bishop McGinness
3 East Wilkes (8-1) 52-53 at Elkin
4 J.A. Holmes (9-1) 50-7 vs #13 Manteo
5 Mitchell (9-1) 56-0 vs Avery County
6 North Stanly (9-1)  42-2 at North Moore
7 Cherokee (9-0) 48-14 at Hayesville
8 North Duplin (9-0) 28-21 vs Rosewood
9 East Surry (7-3) 48-0 vs South Stokes
10 Murphy (8-2) 48-22 vs Roseman
11 North Rowan (7-3) 13-20 at #18 West Montgomery
12 T.J.C.A. (10-0) 34-16 vs #15 Mountain Is. Charter
13 Manteo (8-2) 7-50 at #4 J.A. Holmes
14 Bessemer City (9-1) 60-15 at CDoD
15 Mountain Is. Charter (7-3) 16-34 vs #12 T.J.C.A
16 Starmount (5-5) 13-48 at 2A Wilkes Central
17 Swain County (6-4) 24-21 at #20 Robbinsville
18 West Montgomery (8-2) 20-13 vs #11 North Rowan
19 Northampton County (9-1)   BYE
20 Robbinsville (6-4) 21-24 vs #17 Swain County
21 Polk County (6-4)  31-42 at 2A #9 Mountain Heritage
22 East Carteret (6-4)  43-44 at 2A Richlands
23 Lakewood (8-2) 47-0 vs #24 Princeton
24 Princeton (6-4) 0-47 at #23 Lakewood
25 Pamlico County (6-4) 19-29 at Riverside

*Legend* Red= “Upset” Loss, Pink= “Upset” Win, Green= Loss to team of higher classification, Blue= Win vs team of higher classification


Week 11 “Upsets”

4A

  • #19 Seventy-First 19, #21 Richmond 25

3A

  • #16 Cape Fear 30, E.E. Smith 31 (OT)
  • #21 J.M Robinson 49, #19 A.L. Brown 42
  • #25 Alexander Central 28, Hickory 38

2A

  • #13 Newton-Conover 27, #22 Maiden 30

1A

  • #3 East Wilkes 52, Elkin 53
  • #11 North Rowan 13, #18 West Montgomery 20
  • #22 East Carteret 43, Richlands 44

Games of the Week

4A

13 Hough (7-2) 7
1 Mallard Creek (9-0) 41
23 Porter Ridge (6-3) 28
9 Myers Park (8-1)  35
16 Z.B. Vance (7-2)  42
18 North Mecklenburg (7-2) 18
19 Seventy-First (7-2) 19
21 Richmond (6-3) 25
24 Davie (4-5) 7
20 East Forsyth (5-4)  35

3A

2 Marvin Ridge (9-0) 28
11 Sun Valley (7-2) 20
Eastern Alamance (8-1) 14
5 Western Alamance (9-0) 31
16 Cape Fear (8-2) 30
E.E. Smith (7-2) 31
21 J.M. Robinson (7-2) 49
19 A.L. Brown (8-1) 42

2A

25 East Rutherford (6-3) 7
2 Shelby (8-1) 28
9 Mountain Heritage (8-0) 42
21 1A Polk County (6-3) 31
10 Franklin (9-0) 17
Pisgah (5-4) 13
East Montgomery (8-1) 9
12 Mount Pleasant (6-2) 15
13 Newton-Conover (8-1) 27
22 Maiden (9-0) 30

1A

13 Manteo (8-1) 7
4 J.A. Holmes (8-1) 50
11 North Rowan (7-2) 13
18 West Montgomery (7-2) 20
15 Mountain Is. Charter (7-2) 16
12 T.J.C.A. (9-0) 34
16 Starmount (5-4) 13
2A Wilkes Central (7-2) 48
17 Swain County (5-4) 24
20 Robbinsville (6-3) 21
24 Princeton (6-3) 0
23 Lakewood (7-2) 47

Still Undefeated

4A

  • Mallard Creek
  • Wake Forest
  • Glenn
  • Heritage
  • West Forsyth
  • Hoggard
  • Cardinal Gibbons

3A

  • Charlotte Catholic
  • Marvin Ridge
  • Western Alamance
  • New Hanover
  • Clayton
  • Lee County

2A

  • South Point
  • Hibriten
  • South Granville
  • Franklin
  • South Columbus
  • Northeastern
  • Maiden
  • East Duplin
  • Reidsville
  • Mountain Heritage

1A

  • Mount Airy
  • Tarboro
  • North Duplin
  • TJCA
  • Cherokee

Still Looking For Win #1

4A

  • Wakefield
  • Hoke County
  • Hopewell
  • Panther Creek

3A

  • Southern Wayne
  • Western Guilford
  • Western Harnett
  • Douglas Byrd
  • North Iredell

2A

  • CATA
  • Central Davidson
  • Walkertown

1A

  • Hobbton
  • Jones Sr.
  • North Stokes
  • East Columbus
  • West Columbus
  • Mattamuskeet
  • Lejeune

 

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