By Charlie Chitwood
WHITE OAK, Texas – Jefferson’s bullet-train to an undefeated regular season sailed off the tracks last week in a Bulldogs’ 35-21 defeat at the hands of District 8-3A rival White Oak. Antwain Jimmerson’s Bulldogs found themselves on the flip side of a year-old coin – undefeated White Oak limped out of W.F. Lockett-Bulldog Stadium a year ago as Jefferson claimed the game and the district title in a 35-20 victory.
A smothering White Oak defense and a double-dose of Roughneck quarterback Heath Hood did in the Dawgs, who are now 8-1 overall but more importantly 3-1 in loop competition. White Oak improved to 6-3, 4-0 with the win and guaranteed itself the top seed from District 8-3A come playoff time a week from now.
“You can look at what you did and see where there were mistakes in any game,” Jimmerson said after the game. “Sometimes, though, you just gotta tip your cap to your opponent and find a way to beat them next time.”
White Oak’s Heath Hood – absent from last season’s game in Jefferson – ran for 101 yards and threw for 225 more, completing 17-of-26 passes with only one interception against two touchdown strikes. Roughneck tailback Bo Reddic handled the rest of the running chores for White Oak and bulldozed his way to 113 yards on 32 totes. The sophomore scored three times – tying the game with each of his first two scores – and gave the ‘Necks their penultimate lead, 28-21.
Jefferson did enough damage on the ground in the first half to keep ball-hogging White Oak playing catch-up. The Dawgs forced a three-and-out on the ‘Necks first drive and quickly broke into the end zone on Tyron Williams’ 37-yard run. Landon Fuquay continued showing off hot foot and made the PAT kick, his first of three in three tries for the night.
White Oak fought right back. Chewing up first downs and time both, the Roughnecks tied the game at 7-all on Reddic’s first score from six yards away and freshman kicker Brian Smith’s first of five-straight successful PAT kicks.
Near the midway point of the second quarter…
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