By Charlie Chitwood
Three straight shutouts.
60 points per game scored in those three shutouts.
Antwain Jimmerson’s Jefferson Bulldogs are in rare-fine territory after six weeks, having somewhat firmly planted their defensive flag – again – with a 63-0 man-handling of New Boston in both team’s 8-3A opener. A big Pink Out crowd saw the Dawgs explode with 40 second-quarter points – including two defensive scores – and totally dominate the visiting Lions. New Boston coughed up five fumbles and suffered three interceptions on the handful of plays they weren’t losing yards and all told, Jefferson drove the visitors backwards 36 yards over the course of the night. New Boston just couldn’t muster a thing.
The same can be said about Jefferson’s previous two opponents. Frankston (whom Jefferson defeated 56-0) is amidst the occasional disarray of program change while Clarksville was more hopeful of a large Jefferson gate at the stadium than a victory. The Dawgs whipped Red River County’s team 62-0. When the Dawgs blanked New Boston and earned a rare shutout hat trick, you gotta look around a bit.
There’s no two ways about it, this Bulldog squad has been feasting on teams it should dominate. The challenge becomes performing at the same level against ever-increasingly rugged opponents. Throwing down three straight shutouts would make any young man walk a little taller, but look around Class 3A-Region II (comprised of the four districts from which potential playoff opponents come) and you’ll see not one team with as many as two shutouts. Winnsboro (7-3A) is oddly enough the only team not in 6-3A (Dallas Life Oak Cliff , Grandview, Maypearl and Palmer) to toss goose eggs at an opponent.
Look state-wide and you’ll step back…
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