OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB)-- The Ooltewah Owls remain unbeaten after blanking Soddy-Daisy Friday night in the teams' District 5-AAA opening game by a final score of 40-0.
The Owls first touchdown was more costly than the points for the Trojans, as Jacob Lemons suffered a serious neck injury on the play, requiring him to be taken off the field on a stretcher and into an awaiting ambulance.
After a 25 minute stoppage of play for the injury, the crowd gave Lemons a warm send-off as he was carted off the field, still wearing his helmet as medical personnel treated the Soddy-Daisy junior.
The score remaining 7-0 until late in the first half when a Trojan punt was returned by Anthony Turner, setting up the Owls quick-strike offense deep in Soddy territory.
Trojans QB Hunter Maynor would look on and watch his counterpart Kelvin Leon throw a touchdown pass on the next play to Anthony Turner for a 14-0 Ooltewah lead the Owls would not relinquish.
Soddy's special teams play would again come into question, after a poor snap left Trojans' punter running for daylight, only to fumble to Ooltewah's A.J. Diggs who would recover near the Trojans' goal line.
Again, Owls QB Kelvin Leon would air it out, this time to Edward Montgomery for a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Ooltewah wins this in a runaway by a final score of 40-0.
Afteward, both coaches addressed the first quarter injury to the Trojans defensive back. "He had lost feeling in his right arm and had a little bit of pain down his spine so, a little bit of precaution they took him off, he still had no feeling when he left, that's about all we know right now," said Soddy-Daisy Head Coach Justin Barnes. "You hate anytime a young man goes down. You're really concerned, I hope its just a precautionary thing that we're hoping," said Ooltewah Head Coach Mac Bryan regarding Jacob Lemons' injury.
Lemons suffered a stinger to his right shoulder in Soddy's win last week.
The Owls host Tyner next week as Soddy-Daisy tries to use their open week to heal and prepare for District 5-AAA foe Cleveland on September 19th.