By Charlie Chitwood
So here we sit. Halfway through the schoolboy football season and our beloved Bulldogs are 5-0, ranked in (almost) everybody’s Top 10 and in good shape physically going into District 8-3A competition Friday night.
The Dawgs are fresh off a couple of administered whuppings – having demolished Frankston 56-0 and Clarksville 62-0 – with a district schedule that starts Oct. 13 at home against New Boston.
Pity the Lions.
New Boston may be one of the four teams in District 8-3A with a winning record over the past five seasons, but the Lions are in that club owing to the 35 wins they racked up from 2012 through 2014. An 0-5 record to start the 2017 campaign hasn’t given New Boston fans much to cheer about either – the offense has scored just 50 points. For crying out loud, Quitman’s scored more than that.
Jefferson’s second neighborhood tussle Oct. 20 stands to be a dandy over in Hughes Springs – the Mustangs are making noise again after an uncharacteristic 4-6 campaign last season kept them from the playoff s. While the Dawgs sit at #9 in the PigskinPrep.com ratings, Hughes Springs isn’t far behind at #24, but within Class 3A-Division I’s Region II the two teams are even closer together – Jefferson at #3 and Hughes Springs at #5. This week’s THSCA regional poll has the Mustangs ahead of Jefferson for the third spot, behind only Grandview and Kemp.
While the two squads might be close together on the lists, the value of their places shows up in some of the stats that matter most. Jefferson has scored 228 points through the first five games – only Kemp (291) and Grandview (251) have scored more within the region. The Bulldogs defense has raised eyebrows by allowing only 67 points through the first five – really,
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