By Charlie Chitwood
Sophomore quarterback Trey Hodge set a school record with 355 passing yards and classmate T.Q. Jackson continued his assault upon the receivers’ chapter in the record books as Jefferson shocked fourth-ranked White Oak 35-20. The victory last Friday at W.F. Lockett – Bulldog Stadium was played out before a standing-room only Senior Night audience and vaulted
Antwain Jimmerson’s squad to the cusp of the school’s first un-shared district title since 2007. Jefferson improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in District 8-3A while White Oak fell to 8-1 and 3-1.
The Roughnecks fell all the way from fourth into a tie for 10th in this week’s Associated Press poll. Hodge completed 11 of 19 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns in the midst of Jefferson’s five straight touchdowns scored after White Oak took a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The sophomore withstood fierce pressure from White Oak’s defensive front all night but made sure the Dawgs capitalized on the visiting Roughnecks offensive misery. Jefferson’s defensive secondary picked off a whopping five Roughneck passes, thwarting drive after drive in the second, third and fourth quarters. Junior safety Dee Mitchell had bookends with the game’s first and last interceptions. In between, Josh Kellogg, Dee Black and Cleivlend Williams each picked off a White Oak pass with Williams returning his theft 33 yards for Jefferson’s fifth and final touchdown.
“The defense did a great job making big plays, didn’t they?” posed Jimmerson. “Coach (Steven) Young starts with an overall defensive package, then adjusts as the game goes along. Those adjustments are where that pick-six (Williams’ interception return for a touchdown) came from. The biggest key was stopping their running game.”
Jefferson’s defense slammed White Oak ballcarriers one play after another, limiting the visitors to just 25 yards on 26 carries. Two different Roughneck quarterbacks aired out the football, however, especially in the fourth quarter. For the night, the ‘Necks counted 28 completions amongst 52 attempts, including 17 heaves in the fourth quarter alone. White Oak finished with 282 yards through the airways.
The earliest vestige of White Oak’s aerial assault gave the visitors their only lead of the night, 6-0, when starter Kason Kienzle connected with Brandon Cook on a nine-yard scoring heave.
Jefferson answered within three minutes…
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