FROM THE PRESSBOX

By Charlie Chitwood

 So one of the offshoots from Jefferson’s rather resounding victory over Farmersville the other night produced many an interesting comment on electronic bulletin boards and even newspaper sites. None of them was as amusing (to most) as the Longview News-Journal “writer-inner” that said Jefferson was unsportsmanlike in letting one player run wild.

Best of all was the lone response – “he only carried the ball 11 times.”

In fact, Tyron Williams only carried the ball nine times against the Fightless Farmers in the 69-30 victory by the Dawgs. Nine carries, 287 yards and six rushing touchdowns. Peanut Jackson did run for 353 yards in a playoff game of yore and I think had five touchdowns in that game, but “Tybo” surpassed him in total yards gained when he returned Farmersville’s last kickoff 94 yards for a seventh touchdown on the night.

Jefferson’s all-time best scoring team tied the record set by the 1986 squad when Landon Fuquay hit his third PAT of the night and gave Jefferson a 21-7 lead over the Farmers. All night long afterward, the new record climbed its way to 532 points scored in just 11 games to break a 31-year-old mark that took 16 games to produce.

For a common thread between that 1986 team and this year’s squad, look no further than the coaching staff. Head coach Antwain Jimmerson was on that squad, as was his best friend and right hand on the staff, Terry Johnson. They’re more than enjoying the fact that – in some cases – the son’s of their teammates are grabbing the spotlight a generation later.

There’s no comfort for any team that can slow down Tybo. While the junior back is now resting with over 1,000 yards gained on the ground and a team-leading 16 touchdowns, what stands in line behind him is the envy of most East Texas teams. Dee Black – a cousin to one of Jefferson’s great running backs (JoJo Rawls) – only averages 14.6 yards per carry en route to 876 rushing yards and 10 scores. Trey Hodge can do damage when his own number is called and rushed for more than 400 yards and 12 touchdowns. Malik Cannon can be deadly as well, having gained 373 yards on just 19 carries – nearly 20 yards per pop.

Jefferson’s team speed is…

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