Bulldogs swat ‘Jackets, 41-30; Jefferson (3-0) moves to #10 in AP Poll


By Charlie Chitwood


Football picsConsidering the way Jefferson ran the ball against area rival Elysian Fields last Friday, you’d have to forgive Yellowjacket fans for wondering aloud just who exactly it is that let the Dawgs out.

Antwain Jimmerson’s Bulldogs cranked out 673 yards of offense against Elysian Fields – 481 yards on the ground alone – and pounced on the host ‘Jackets early to claim their third win in as many games, 41-30. The matchup between two of the best Class 3A teams in the region did not disappoint and was the first in this sixth recent meeting to be decided by more than a touchdown.

“We owed those guys,” Jimmerson said of the game. “It’s always fun to play them since we compete against their kids in so many other sports too. They’ve a good team down there and we’ve always got to respect what they can do.”

Elysian Fields knew going in what a task slowing down the speedy Bulldog ballcarriers would be. There just weren’t enough ‘Jackets fast enough to swarm around Jefferson’s several options.

Jefferson’s version of Cerberus, the fearsome threeheaded dog of Greek mythology, featured a trio of 100-yard ballcarriers. Tyron Williams ran for 187 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Trey Hodge scooted for 109 yards and a score and Dee Black had a special night with a pair of long touchdown runs and 139 yards overall.

Hodge started the scoring with a 12-yard run, then found T.Q. Jackson downfield for a 45-yard touchdown pass to give Jefferson a 14-0 lead midway through the first. With just under three minutes remaining in the quarter, Dee Black took his first carry around right end and raced 77 yards to the end zone, bolting past several pursuers who had the right angle but not enough speed. Landon Fuquay – who went a perfect five-of-five kicking extra points – spotted Jefferson’s advantage to 21-0 after the first 12 minutes of action.

Black made sure the second quarter started the same way as the last ended. On the period’s first play, the speedy back ran around end and again outran his pursuit 59-yards to the end zone, giving Jefferson…

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