In a stunning turn of events, Jackson State football has discovered a hidden gem in the form of Dylan Wasson, their newfound field goal kicker. Despite being only in his second week with the team, Wasson was called upon to make a crucial 46-yard field goal with just 5:26 left in the second quarter. At the time, the Tigers were trailing Alabama State 10-0, and the pressure was on.
The tense battle between Jackson State and Alabama State on the Tigers’ homecoming came to a head when Jackson State managed to put themselves in scoring position after a woeful 1-yard punt by Alabama State’s Harrison Tuck. Facing a critical fourth-and-3 at the Hornets’ 30-yard line, instead of taking a risk, JSU coach T.C. Taylor made an audacious decision. He called on Wasson, who showed remarkable composure as he confidently kicked a 46-yard field goal. The score was now 10-3, reigniting hope for the Tigers.
Following the successful field goal, the Jackson State defense stepped up and stopped the Hornets’ drive with an exceptional interception by safety Anthony Petty. Petty returned the ball to the Alabama State 42-yard line, setting the stage for a pivotal moment. Jackson State quarterback Jason Brown then dashed 12 yards on third down, securing a crucial first down to keep the drive alive.
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With the ball positioned on Alabama State’s 1-yard line, Jackson State brought in their heavy “jumbo” package, and reserve quarterback Jacobian Morgan bulldozed his way over the right guard for a touchdown. Wasson then added the extra point to level the score at 10-10, sending shockwaves through the crowd.
Wasson made his impressive debut just a week earlier, having joined the team only a few days prior. Head coach Taylor had been desperately searching for replacements after losing their top two kickers to injuries. In his previous game, Wasson showcased his skills with a 40-yard field goal and six successful PATs, contributing significantly to Jackson State’s 45-30 victory against Alabama A&M.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Jackson State football gets spark from new kicker Dylan Wasson
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