Bulldogs Ride Over Roughriders

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Junior Kylan Thomas (#5) rushes for one of three TDs. Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

From Staff Reports

The Friday Night Lights were bright indeed for the Jefferson Bulldogs in their home opener against 4A foe, Center. The Bulldogs (2-0) racked up 528 yards of total offense in a 33-14 drubbing of the Roughriders (1-1).

Jefferson’s offense wasted no time getting on the board. With 8:54 left in the 1st quarter, Kylan Thomas scampered 32 yards on a quarterback keeper for the first touchdown of the night. Landon Fuquay’s PAT was good, making the score 7-0. Thomas found the end zone again on a 5-yard run with 3:36 left in the quarter.  Fuquay’s PAT increased the Dawgs’ lead to 14-0.

Center found some offensive fortitude in the 2nd quarter, as Jaydon Hicks scored from 1 yard out late in the half.  Alexis Lopez added a PAT to cut Jefferson’s halftime lead to 14-7.

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Senior TQ Jackson (#3) on a 60-yard run for a TD. Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

Coach Antwain Jimmerson had his Bulldogs fired up after halftime. The defense was formidable and kept Center scoreless in the 3rd quarter.  On a punt return at 9:36, senior TQ Jackson blazed down the field for a 60-yard touchdown. With no PAT, the Dawgs took a 20-7 lead into the final quarter.

Kylan Thomas scored again early in the 4th on a 20-yard run. Fuquay’s PAT made the score 27-7. Center scored on a 10-yard pass play, but the Bulldogs answered quickly with a 34-yard touchdown run from Dee Black.

Coach Jimmerson was especially satisfied with the improvement in his defense from week 1. Defensive standouts were Dillon Griffin with 8 tackles (3 for loss), 1 sack, and 3 quarterback hurries and Malik Cannon with 14 tackles (1 TFL).

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Sophmore Lyrik Rawls (#8) was ejected in the second half for this “helmet-to-helmet” hit. After reviewing the film, the Bulldog coaching staff believes that it was a clean hit. Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

On quarterback Kylan Thomas, Coach Jimmerson said, “Last week we had the injury [quarterback Trey Hodge], and Kylan came in, and he was ready to go. Tonight, he got his first start as quarterback. He did a good job of leading the offense and taking care of the ball.”  Thomas had a stellar performance with 201 rushing yards, 106 passing yards, and 3 touchdowns. Dee Black showed his usual speed with 155 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Senior Justin Davis suffered an ankle injury in the game. His family reports that he could be out for 3-4 weeks, pending the results of the MRI. Justin is staying positive that surgery will not be necessary.

The Bulldogs will host Arp (0-2) on Friday, September 14 at 7:30.

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