Jets trounce Colts 50-0Donnie Yeager Jr.Special to The EnterpriseMORRISTOWN -- The Union Local Jets were locked in on their target and delivered a devastating 50-0 victory against the Meadowbrook Colts on Thursday, Aug. 27, to open the 2009 football slate."We played extremely well," stated Union Local boss Mark Cisar. "We had some turnovers, but that will happen in a game like this. Overall I thought our play makers stepped up."Meadowbrook Head Coach Bendle did not quite have the same feeling at game's end, however."There was not one positive tonight," said the Colts' coach. "Our kids kind of had their head down not having their quarterback tonight, but that's no excuse. Football is mostly blocking and tackling and we certainly didn't block anybody or tackle anybody.""When they throw little bubble screens down the field and you have them outnumbered and you still don't make the tackle, we've got problems," Bendle continued. "We can't get a hand off to our tailback because they are beating us to the backfield."I am really, really disappointed in our efforts tonight and it is some of the worst football I've seen by us in a long time," Bendle offered. "It's becoming a yearly problem having kids suspended to start the year. Our team had a lot of confidence in our quarterback going into tonight, and then to take him out...Our kid had three days to prepare and we didn't even give him time to hand the ball off. Our pass protection was horrible. I can't stress enough how poorly we played tonight. Our best thing is to have a short term memory going into next week."The first quarter saw the hosts strike early and often, and with the scoreboard out of operation for the first 12 minutes, for Colts fans it surely felt like an eternity.On an opening drive that took just five plays, the connection of new quarterback Kyle Copeland to all-Ohio receiver Brandon Nicholes was good for four of the plays and 80 yards, including an 18-yard scoring strike.The Colts had the ball for just two plays before a fumble put the hosts back in business deep in Meadowbrook territory at the 11. Copeland scampered in from three yards out just two plays later, and connected with Nicholes for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lighting before most fans had evensettled into their seats.The Colts had slightly better success on the following drive, but were still pressed to send Jeramie Neff out to punt on fourth-and-long after losing 16 yards on a third down fumble. Nicholes reached paydirt again the next play, lining up in the "wildcat" formation and going around the left side for a 43-yard score. Adam Kyer was true on the PAT for a 21-0 lead that the hosts held through the end of the first period.The Colts did have a few bright spots in the first as Trevor Mourer recovered a Union Local fumble and picked off a pass.After Neff picked off a Copeland pass early in the second quarter, it seemed as if Meadowbrook was headed in the right direction, keyed by rushes of 31 yards by Mourer and 10 yards by Josh Riggans, but the drive stalled and the Colts were forced to punt again.Six plays later, Copeland found Kyle Jarrett from 30 yards out for another score. Copeland connected with Nicholes again one more time after the next Colts three and out for a 28 -yard strike with just under a minute to go in the half for a 35-0 showing.The Colts started the second half moving the ball between Riggans and Jonathan Smith, but the drive stalled again after an illegal substitution and negative rush.After Neff's punt, the hosts took just one play for their last offensive score of the evening as Copeland hit a streaking Darby Waller for a 49 yard score that was capped with a Reggie Bush-esque diving roll into the end zone. The two-point conversion put the score at 43-0. Three plays later, Colts QB Devon Cork was picked off by David Foster who went 49 yards to paydirt. Copeland hit the PAT for the 50-0 score with 6:19 remaining in the third round to close scoring for the evening.The Colts appeared to have a shot at scoring when Charles Speedy scooped up a fumble by backup Jets' QB Robert Simpson, but after a 47-yard return, the lineman was brought down at the UL 26.Copeland completed 13-of-15 passes for 246 yards and four scores for the Jets. Nichols finished with five catches for 90 yards and added 62 rushing on three attempts.While coming up with six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumble recoveries), the UL defense limited Meadowbrook to 70 total yards, including 66 on the ground and just of four through the air.