Cody used a balanced offense and a big stop late in the fourth quarter to defeat Jackson 21-12 in a 3A West Conference game Friday night.
Sophomore John Beaudrie had his first varsity start at quarterback and settled in well after the game's first drive stalled after 12 plays. He completed nine of 13 passes for 73 yards in the first half. Then the second half was controlled by the Cody running game. Sophomore Tate Pehringer only gained 14 yards in the first half, but exploded for 96 in the second, including touchdown runs of 22 and 38 yards.
"A win is great," head coach Cris Williams said. "I'm happy for the kids. They played hard. We still have things to clean up but it was a great effort."
The Broncs' defense took care of the first score of the game when sophomore Carter Myers recovered a fumble and ran 21-yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter.
Jackson (2-3, 0-2 West Conference) would answer with a 12 play drive, all runs, and score with more than four minutes left in the second quarter. Cody would hold a 7-6 lead at halftime.
Williams said they made some changes to the offensive line at halftime, which opened up more holes for Pehringer and Myers. The Broncs first two possessions of the second half would end in touchdown runs.
"The passing game was there and then they turned on to man coverage so we had to go back to a run game and Tate Perhinger was lights out," Beaudrie said.
Jackson would score again early in the fourth quarter, and then carry that momentum into a long drive from their own seven-yard line. The Jackson Broncs drove the ball to the Cody 10-yard line before the defense made a stand. Cody (2-3, 1-1) sent Jackson back to the 15-yard line before putting pressure on the quarterback and forcing a fumble with less than three minutes remaining. The play sealed the nine point victory.
"It shows us what we really have and what we really can do," junior David Lee said of the victory.
Pehringer would finish with 110 rushing yards to go with his two touchdowns, and Beaudrie would finish with 83 passing yards on 11 completions.
"I thought (Beaudrie) did a nice job," Williams said. "He got a lot of pressure and was able to get the ball out a couple times. He's a young guy and he's going to keep improving."