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JUNCTION CITY – Fordyce capitalized on two early turnovers, and the Redbugs’ defense made an early lead stand up in a 21-6 win over Junction City in an 8-2A showdown at David Carpenter Stadium Friday night.

The Redbugs (6-0, 1-0), the defending 2A state champions and top-ranked team in this week’s rankings by the Associated Press and, scored the first 21 points in the contest before shutting out the Dragons in the second half.

Junction City (2-2, 0-1) saw their two-game winning streak end in their first game since Sept. 11.

Ja’quez Cross, who had 108 yards on 23 carries for Fordyce, opened the scoring on a 5-yard run after the Redbugs recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff.

The Dragons then turned the ball over for a second time on a fumble, and the Redbugs again took advantage with Trey Merritt catching a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jaheim Brown. Cross tacked on the 2-point conversion to make it 14-0 with 5:20 left in the opening period.

The Redbugs scored on their third possession of the half with Gary Lewis scoring on a 1-yard run at the 8:46 mark of the second period. Treshawn Allen’s extra point made it 21-0, but the Dragons answered.

On the ensuing possession, Gabe Richard hooked up with Devontay Gilbert on a 24-yard touchdown to make it 21-6 with 4:58 to play in the half.

The Dragons’ defense came up with a critical stop late in the half, stopping the Redbugs on a fourth-and-3 from Junction City’s 4.

In the second half, Fordyce’s defense kept Junction City at bay, stopping the Dragons on their lone trip to the red zone.

Junction City hits the road to take on Parkers Chapel in a battle between Union County rivals, while Fordyce hosts Strong.

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