By Charlie Chitwood
WASKOM – The Jefferson Bulldogs found out just how hard it is to win on the road last week but hung on to claim a season-opening 27-21 victory over Waskom’s Wildcats.
The win has the Dawns at 1-0 on the young season and saw Jefferson pick up more votes in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A poll, climbing to #12.
Junior quarterback Trey Hodge guided the Jefferson effort, throwing for 157 yards on eight-of-10 passing, including a swing-pass that Dee Black took behind the line of scrimmage and turned into a 70-yard scoring play. Together, the pair accounted for all four Jefferson touchdowns.
“I thought the kids did a good job of just getting out there and playing football,” said head coach Antwain Jimmerson. “Waskom’s still a pretty good football team. The blitzed like crazy and really made it hard for us to get into a rhythm, but Hodge took care of the ball and didn’t get forced into making any bad decisions.”
Hodge scored twice on the ground and gave Jefferson a 7-0 lead when he scored from eight yards out at the 9:59 mark of the first quarter. After Landon Fuquay’s successful PAT, Waskom started driving back and tied the score with just under four minutes still to go in the frame. T.K. Hamilton’s nine-yard burst set up the 7-7 score.
Hodge broke loose with…
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