By Charlie Chitwood
The Jefferson Bulldog offense let little get in its way last Friday, rolling up 35 first-half points and nearly 500 yards of offense in a 42-16 decision over visiting Paul Pewitt. The Dawgs’ second victory of the year without a loss came before a full-house crowd at W.F. Lockett-Bulldog Stadium.
Jefferson quarterback Trey Hodge threw three touchdown passes and scored twice more on the ground in leading the Dawgs (2-0) over Paul Pewitt’s Brahmas. The junior completed nine of 14 passes for 251 yards with a pair of touchdown strikes to classmate T.Q. Jackson and another to sophomore Kylan Thomas.
The victory also keeps Jefferson in the state’s Top 20 in several polls – 13th in the Associated Press Poll and up five positions to #14 in Pigskin Prep. The new Texas High School Coaches Association poll lists Jefferson as the second-highest ranked team in Class 3A-Region II.
Hodge and the Bulldogs wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard, taking less than two minutes to drive upfield and score on a 39-yard Hodge-to-Jackson pass play. Landon Fuquay nailed the PAT for a 7-0 lead, beginning a night in which he’d drill four of five extra points. Hodge made sure he had more work in the first quarter, trotting into the Pewitt end zone from four yards out with 51 seconds remaining in the frame.
Jackson’s second catch – another touchdown – was an 81-yard grab-and- go that put Jefferson up 21-0 with 8:25 to play in the first half and gave him 120 receiving yards. His last catch of the game was a two-point conversion toss from Hodge, who scored again from four yards out with 5:16 left till halftime.
Paul Pewitt gave its fans something to cheer about with :29 seconds left in the half after a five-yard Lajathan Webster run pulled the Brahmas within 29-8. They didn’t cheer long.
Jefferson’s Tyler Cherry successfully fielded a short lob on the ensuing kickoff and then the Dawgs raced into the end zone one more time, beating the buzzer with a 15-yard Hodge completion to Thomas.
Malik Cannon’s 54-yard interception return for another Bulldog touchdown gave Jeff erson a 42-8 lead midway through the third quarter. It also signaled the emptying of Jefferson’s bench, with Coach Jimmerson and company getting all their charges some playing time.
Pewitt’s Webster scored from seven yards out…
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