By Charlie Chitwood
Antwain Jimmerson’s high-flying and ball-hawking Bulldog football team cruised to an eighth-straight victory last week, 63-6, and in the process vaulted into that rare atmosphere where high-scoring teams of the past have gathered. There’s plenty of elbow room for them too.
Just 11 short years ago, it was fascinating to see the 2006 Dawgs dissect one team after another and scored 60 or more points four times in the first seven games. Jefferson ended up 10-2 that season, losing only to rival Harleton (ouch) – the very same week the Dawgs were voted #1 in Class 2A (aw horseapples) and in the Area Round playoff to Tatum, 55-21.
Jefferson’s road to the playoff s that year was somewhat similar to this season’s march but maybe even less strenuous – the Dawgs didn’t face a team that would win as many as two games until mid-October. Waskom and Paul Pewitt (each 4-4) and Elysian Fields (6-2) aren’t bad, but Frankston, Clarksville and New Boston have a combined total of two wins so far.
However rugged or not the 2006 regular season was, the Dawgs were simply outclassed by a larger and stronger Tatum squad. The Eagles featured three Tennessee signees, including one Denarius Moore, who went on to four very solid years playing for the Oakland Raiders. “D-Mo” pretty much stole Jefferson’s lunch and ate it right in front of the Bulldog fans – think of a bigger T.Q. Jackson in a Tatum inform and you’ll have the picture.
Looking around the Bulldogs’ Region II…
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