Bulldogs Swat Hornets

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Trace Smith blocks a Hooks punt.  Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

By SHELIA LANGBARTELS, O.D.

The Jefferson Bulldogs traveled to Hooks for a district showdown with the Hornets and came away with a 50-7 victory on Friday night. The Dawgs racked up 411 yards of offense (232 rushing, 179 passing), while holding Hooks to just 113 total yards. Jefferson clinched a first-place finish in District 7-3A-D1 with this win.

Jefferson kicked off to Hooks to begin the game, and Kannon Glover pinned the Hornets at their own 10-yard line. The defense went to work, forcing a punt on the first series. Trace Smith blocked the punt into the end zone for a safety, and Jefferson took a quick 2-0 lead. Jefferson’s first two offensive series resulted in punts, and Hooks began moving the ball down the field. The Hornet quarterback threw an interception to Dylan Polver, and then Jefferson’s Trey Hodge threw a pass to senior receiver TQ Jackson. Jackson broke several tackles on his way to the end zone for Jefferson’s first touchdown of the night. Landon Fuquay’s PAT was good, giving the Bulldogs a 9-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Hooks began what looked like a promising offensive drive from their own 37-yard line. They picked up a first down and crossed midfield, but Jefferson’s Glover intercepted a pass. Two plays later, Hodge passed again to Jackson for a 36-yard

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Kannon Glover returns an interception. Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

Bulldog touchdown. Fuquay added the point-after to give Jefferson a 16-0 lead with 6:43 left in the second quarter. On the Hornets’ next offensive series, Lyrik Rawls and Bryson Johnson made huge defensive plays to force a Hooks punt. Hodge completed a couple passes to Jackson, and then he pitched to Dee Black, who hurdled a defender on his way to the third Bulldog touchdown of the game. Fuquay tacked on a PAT to make the score 23-0 with 2:05 left in the half. Hooks couldn’t get going on offense and punted back to Jefferson. Carlos Smith slid on his knees to catch a pass from Hodge to give the Dawgs a first down. Hodge completed another pass, this time to K’Von Smith, to the Bulldog 30-yard line. With only 4 ticks left in the first half, Hodge tossed the ball to Black, who sprinted to the end zone. Fuquay’s PAT was good, giving the Bulldogs a 30-0 halftime lead.

On Jefferson’s first offensive series of the third quarter, Black headed back to the end zone for a quick Bulldog score. Following Fuquay’s PAT, the Dawg lead grew to 37-0 with 11:41 left in the quarter. The Jefferson defense was dominant on the next series, forcing a Hornet punt. Hooks fumbled the snap, and Tyler Cherry recovered it and ran it in for a touchdown. Fuquay kicked for the point-after, and Jefferson’s lead increased to 44-0 with a little over nine and half minutes left in the quarter. With Hooks back on offense, key tackles by TJ Foster and Rawls brought up a fourth down play for the Hornets. A penalty against the Dawgs gave Hooks a first down across the 50-yard line. The Hornets picked up another first down and then rushed for their first score of the evening. Tybo Williams and Hodge each ran for a first down, and then Rawls dashed 34 yards for yet another Bulldog TD. With no PAT, Jefferson took a 50-7 lead over the Hornets at the end of the third quarter.

Hooks began moving the ball effectively in the fourth quarter, working their way into the red zone. On a 4th and 1 play from the Jefferson 15-yard line, Brennan Varnell and Glover combined for a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. The ball went over to Jefferson on downs, and then Travon Johnson picked up 15 yards on two carries. Williams darted 27 yards to near midfield, but the Bulldogs fumbled on the next play. Hooks recovered the fumble, but Cherry, Smith, and Glover made excellent defensive plays to stall the Hornets’ final drive. With the 50-7 win, the Bulldogs maintained their perfect 9-0 season.

The Bulldogs had several defensive standouts in the game. Kannon Glover had 32 tackles (14 solo, 18 assisted) and an interception. Brennan Varnell and Malik Cannon kept the Hooks offense in check with 21 and 16 tackles, respectively.  Tyler Cherry had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Trace Smith had 8 tackles (2 for loss of yardage), 1 sack, a forced fumble, and a blocked punt for a safety.

On the other side of the ball, Trey Hodge completed 10/15 passes for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. TQ Jackson was the Bulldogs’ leading receiver with 96 yards and 2 TDs. Dee Black led the team on the ground with 120 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 carries.

Jefferson will finish the regular season schedule next Friday, November 9, at home against Redwater. Kickoff is at 7:30 P.M.

 

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