By Charlie Chitwood
The Jefferson Bulldogs continued their undefeated march through 2017 opponents, whipping District 8-3A neighbor Sabine 63-3.
Not much went wrong for the Dawgs (8-0, 3-0), who scored quickly enough on seemingly every possession. Jefferson averaged 16.7 yards per carry on the ground and 33.3 yards per catch to pile up 684 total yards of offense. Of the Bulldogs’ nine touchdowns, six were scored from outside Sabine’s 35-yard line.
Maurice Williams had the honors on this night, setting up a 7-0 Bulldog lead with his one-yard plunge late in the first. Jefferson scored three more touchdowns in the second period – T.Q. Jackson’s 49- yard haul from Trey Hodge, then a 17-yard scoring run by Dee Black and another of 36 yards by Tyron Williams. Jefferson led 28-0 at the break and never looked back.
Landon Fuquay put his boot to the ball more times than Hodge threw – nine of nine on his PAT kicks and with 10 kickoff s. Hodge completed seven of just 11 passes, but hit for 233 yards in large part to his connection with Jackson. The standout junior hauled in just two passes, but scored on both of them from near or past mid-field. Trace Smith continued to impress in occasional roles with the football, grabbing three receptions for 103 yards.
Jefferson continued their thrashing of the Birds in the second half – Black with another long run, Jackson’s second catch and Taylor Smith’s 18-yard run.
Sabine at least carved its name on the wall…
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