From Staff Reports
The Jefferson Bulldogs used a balanced approach to tear up the Arp Tigers, 56-0. The Dawgs scored on offense, defense, and special teams, and the defense posted their first shutout of the season. Six different Bulldogs found the end zone, racking up 382 yards of offense, plus 102 yards on special teams. The defense was just as fierce, holding the Tigers to only 40 yards of total offense.
In typical Bulldog fashion, Jefferson got on the scoreboard quickly. The offense was only on the field for 1:08 before junior Dee Black scooted 47 yards to the end zone. Landon Fuquay’s PAT was good to give the Dawgs a 7-0 lead. Eric Gipson was the next Dawg to find the end zone with a 21-yard run. Fuquay’s PAT made the score 14-0.
Jefferson had a huge second quarter, scoring 2 offensive, 1 defensive and 1 special teams touchdowns. After a long Black run put the Bulldogs in the red zone, quarterback Kylan Thomas called his own number for an 8-yard touchdown. Fuquay nailed another extra point to extend the Jefferson lead to 21-0. The Bulldog defense held strong, forcing a Tiger punt. Senior TQ Jackson showed off some fancy footwork with a 71-yard punt return for a TD. Fuquay booted another PAT, giving JHS a 28-0 lead. Sophomore Lyrik Rawls got the defense into the scoring action with a 40-yard pick 6, and Fuquay tacked on yet another point-after to extend the Dawgs’ lead to 35-0 with only 2:38 left in the half. The Bulldogs, however, were not done. Jefferson’s kickoff was downed on the Arp 8-yardline, and solid defense and a sack by Gipson forced Arp to punt from their own end zone. A very short punt gave the Dawgs excellent field position, and Black pinballed into the end zone with only eleven seconds left in the first half. Fuquay’s PAT gave Jefferson a 42-0 lead going into halftime.
The Bulldogs found the endzone twice in the second half, both times in the third quarter. Thomas scored first on a keeper from 44 yards out, and Tybo Williams followed about a minute later with a 17-yard TD run. Fuquay added PATs for both scores, and the Bulldogs sent the Tigers home, crying into their Gatorade.
The Bulldogs had 7 rushers with positive yardage: Black (130 yards), Thomas (56), Rawls (50), Gipson (23), Tybo Williams (23), Cannon (12), and Travon Johnson (8). Thomas passed for 80 yards, all of them going to receiver TQ Jackson on 3 receptions. Landon “The Leg” Fuquay was perfect with 8/8 PATs.
On the other side of the ball, Dillon Griffin had 15 tackles, Brennan Varnell and Malik Cannon had 10 each, Kannon Glover had 9, and Tyler Cherry and Maurice Williams had 8 each. Eric Gipson was a beast in cleats with 7 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 QB pressures, and a forced fumble.
The Bulldogs (3-0) travel to North Lamar (0-3) next Friday, with a 7:30P.M. start time.
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