Whitney Jackson did an admirable job filling in at quarterback for the Dimond flag football team Friday, leading the Lynx to a 19-14 Cook Inlet Conference win over South at Dimond Alumni Field.
Jackson, filling in for Tara Thompson, ran for 36 yards and two touchdowns, but said things definitely felt different without Dimond's usual signal caller.
Thompson, who couldn't make the game because of a basketball camp, brings an air of confidence to the Lynx and is great at controlling the tempo of play on the field, Jackson said.
Jackson's first touchdown run came from four-yards out. She threw a conversion pass to Lauren Hines to put Dimond up 7-0 just before the end of the first quarter.
South came back to make it 7-6 on a 10-yard pass from Julia Carmack to Sabrina Ungaro near the end of the first half, but a pair of second-half interceptions helped the Lynx extend their lead.
Vanessa Tufaga intercepted a Carmack pass on the South 15-yard line with 3:30 to play in the third quarter and returned the ball to the South 5 to set up Jackson's second touchdown run. Jackson ran in from one yard out to extend the Dimond lead to 13-6 with 1:55 to play in the third.
Dimond ended the third quarter with another interception, this one by Hines, to get the ball deep in South territory. Malia Lyken, who rushed for 81 yards on 12 carries, capped a short scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to put Dimond up 19-6.
Tufaga and Hines led the Dimond defense with seven and six pulls, respectively. Pippa Dun had two, one of them for a loss.
South scored the game's final touchdown with 31 seconds left on Carmack's 2-yard run. Carmack kept the possession alive by passing for a first down on fourth-and-19 deep in Dimond territory.
The game marked the first time this season a team has scored more than one touchdown against undefeated Dimond. The CIC playoffs start Oct. 14, and Carmack thinks South will be ready to make run at the defending champion Lynx by then.
"We are only gonna get better," she said.
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