Pinckney stays close, but Jackson pulls away in fourth quarter

PINCKNEY — Pinckney kept the football game close for three quarters before Jackson pulled away for a 40-14 victory Friday night.

Nolan Carruthers ran for one of Pinckney's two touchdowns in a 40-14 loss to Jackson.
Nolan Carruthers ran for one of Pinckney's two touchdowns in a 40-14 loss to Jackson.

The Pirates fell behind 18-0 in the second quarter, but cut the deficit to 18-7 on Brady Raymond’s 67-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Combs with 1:43 left in the first half.

Pinckney’s bid to make it a one-possession game was thwarted by a sack on fourth-and-three from the Jackson 44-yard line with 3:43 left in the third quarter.

The Vikings went on to score on their next two possessions and returned an interception for a third touchdown, all in the fourth quarter.

The Pirates’ other touchdown came on a 5-yard run by sophomore receiver Nolan Carruthers with 3:01 left in the game.

Pinckney had no answer for Jackson’s running game, which rolled up 424 yards on 44 carries. Tavion Tanner ran 17 times for 193 yards and a touchdown. Jackson’s Miland Weatherspoon scored on both of his carries, gaining 73 yards. He has touchdowns on four of his five carries in the last two games, gaining 170 yards.

Raymond was 11-for-23 for 166 yards, one touchdowns and one interception. He ran 14 times for 48 yards. Adam Wisner led Pinckney on the ground, gaining 53 yards on 11 carries. Combs had two catches for 81 yards, while Carruthers had five catches for 62 yards.

Wisner also had a team-high eight tackles.

The Pirates (1-4) have lost four straight games heading into a home game against Adrian next Friday.

Contact Bill Khan at wkhan@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @BillKhan.

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