By Douglas Thompson
Following the “Air Show” over Hugh Springs, the Jefferson High Bulldogs showed their offensive versatility last week scoring 4 touchdowns on the ground. After adding two more through the air, the Bulldogs flew past the Cardinals, of district rival Sabine, by a score of 38-7.
The victory was Jefferson’s fifth straight and kept the Dawgs (6-2, 3-0) tied atop the district standings with undefeated White Oak (8-0, 3-0).
This victory also avenged last year’s loss to Sabine, when an injury-depleted Bulldog squad lost a close heart breaker at Homecoming. But, best of all, with a 3-0 district record, Jefferson is now set up with an opportunity to duke it out with White Oak for first place bragging rights in District 8-3A Friday night at W.F. Lockett-Bulldog Stadium.
Jefferson opened the scoring with an 11 yard run by new starting QB Trey Hodge that put the Dawgs up 7-0 with 9:15 left in the first quarter. The Cardinals countered with a running TD just 4 minutes later which proved to be the last points of the night for Sabine. The balance of the 1st Quarter saw the two teams testing each other’s strengths and weaknesses but after making a few in-game adjustments, Jefferson caught on fire and with 5:03 left in the 2nd Quarter, Hodge hooked up with Jackson for a 69 yard strike. Two minutes later, the Bulldogs forced a Cardinal fumble at mid-field and Damian Hines then closed out the half with a 3 yard run giving the Bulldogs a 20-7 at half time lead.
Game adjustments have been key to the Bulldogs success in their last 5 wins. The Dawgs have outscored their opponent in the 3rd Quarter by 55 points after making some key half time adjustments. “Once we see what they are throwing at us, we scale back some on our game plan and then focus on what we know will work,” said head coach Antwain Jimmerson. “We are not as big as most of the teams in our District and most of our boys have to play on both sides of the ball for most of the game, so scaling the game plan down a little at half time has really worked well for us.”
Jefferson’s Bulldogs racked up 536 yards in total offense, easily outdistancing the 237 yards posted by Sabine.
The Jefferson ground game brought a balanced running attack to this game using seven different ball carriers which helped the Dawgs rack up 280 rushing yards on just 25 carries. Damian Hines lead the pack with 95 yards on 9 carries followed by Tybo Williams with 70 yards on 3 carries and QB Trey Hodge had 55 yards on 8 carries.
Following his performance from last week’s game with Hugh Springs, Trey Hodge got the starting nod at QB this week and provided a sterling performance, hitting seven separate receivers for 256 yards through the air. Trey went 11 of 14 passing with two touchdowns, had no interceptions and had one rushing TD for 11 yards ending his first start of this year with a QB rating of 159.2
Damian Hines had 2 receptions for 13 yards out of the backfield while 5 other receivers combined for 129 yards on 5 receptions, but it was T.Q. Jackson’s…
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