JACKSON — The Lance Pogue era started out with a bang.
It was Jackson Academy coach Lance Pogue’s first test as the head coach of the Raiders, and Conn and Co. made sure he passed it.
After being up 7-0 at the end of the first quarter the Raiders scored 35 points in the second quarter to put the game away early, leading 42-0 at halftime.
Conn scored on a 29-yard touchdown for the first score of the game with 9:16 left in the first quarter.
Conn added another score on a 22-yard run with 9:01 left in the second quarter to extend the Jackson Academy lead to 14-0.
Marcus Harris added a 30-yard score to go up 21-0, then Conn followed with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Trey Adams to extend the Raider lead to 28-0.
Conn finished the night with 94 yards rushing on six carries with two touchdowns, and went 4-for-5 passing with 80 yards for Jackson Academy (1-0).
“It was my first varsity start with me being injured all last year, so I was pumped and ready to roll,” Conn said. “They were blitzing a lot off the edge, so the run game was there, and the offensive line did a great job of opening up holes inside.”
Jackson Academy linebacker Donovan Veasley had a 28-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 2:46 left in the second quarter to give the Raiders a 35-0 lead.
Like Conn, Veasley missed all of last season with a knee injury.
“When I got back it was like a full head of steam and don’t worry about the past and control what I can control,” Veasley said. “The fumble return felt great. I felt like the old me again.”
The Raider defense held Pillow Academy to just 107 yards of total offense.
Gavin Lessley had a 70-yard touchdown run and Hayes Bennett had an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Pillow Academy.
Lessley had 80 yards rushing to lead the Mustangs (0-1).
“A lot of self-inflicted wounds and with this new offense we can’t do that against a really good team,” said Pillow Academy coach Tripp McCarty. “We’re going to get better. The kids played hard and we’re going to be a dang good football team.”