Dawgs Maul Mineola in Bi-District Playoff


TQ Jackson scores one of his three TDs Friday night.  Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

Jefferson fans have become accustomed to their Bulldogs scoring early and scoring often. They had to wait a little longer than usual on Friday night, but the Dawgs did indeed score often in a 41-22 Bi-District win over the Mineola Yellowjackets.

The first quarter saw a lot of action, but no scoring, as a fumble in the red zone by Jefferson and a series of false starts by Mineola kept both teams out of the end zone. Mineola’s first offensive drive of the second quarter resulted in a punt, and Jefferson took over on their own 37-yard line. Several rushes by Dee Black put the Dawgs on the Mineola 21-yard line. Quarterback Trey Hodge then completed a pass to T.Q. Jackson for a Bulldog touchdown. Landon Fuquay’s PAT was good, and Jefferson took the lead, 7-0, with 4:58 left in the second quarter. On their next possession, Mineola answered with a touchdown of their own, and the score was tied 7-7 with 1:20 left in the half. After the Mineola kickoff, the Dawgs started on their own 16; Hodge completed 2 passes to K’Von Smith for 45 yards, and then another to Jackson to get the Bulldogs into the red zone. A quarterback keeper and then a pass to Kylan Thomas put Jefferson inside the 10. Black then scored on a 6-yard run, and Fuquay tacked on the point-after with only 22 seconds left on the clock. The Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead into halftime.

Trace Smith picks off a Mineola pass. Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

A failed onside kick attempt by Mineola gave the Dawgs great field position near midfield to begin the third quarter. A pass to Jackson and rushes by Black and Hodge got the Bulldogs to the 11-yard line, where Hodge completed another TD pass to Jackson. Fuquay added a PAT for a 21-7 lead with 8:20 left in the third quarter. After the kickoff, Dylan Polver and Brennan Varnell made key tackles to bring up 3 & 12 for Mineola. On the next play, Tyler Cherry pressured the Yellowjacket quarterback, forcing him to throw a wild pass, which was picked off by Trace Smith. The Dawgs drove inside the 1-yard line, but fumbled a handoff on the next play. Mineola recovered the fumble and began driving down the field when time ran out in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Mineola scored a touchdown on a 7-yard pass play. The two-point conversion was good, and the Dawgs’ lead was shrunk to 21-15. Mineola attempted another onside kick, but it was recovered by Trace Smith on the Bulldog 46-yard line. Jefferson came back and immediately scored on a 54-yard touchdown run by Black. Fuquay’s PAT stretched the Dawg lead to 28-15 with 10:37 left in the game. The Yellowjackets received the kickoff and proceeded to burn up over five minutes of clock on their way to another touchdown, making the score 28-22. Mineola attempted another onside kick, but it was once again recovered by Trace Smith. The Bulldogs started with a short field on the Yellowjacket 49, and Black showed his elusiveness once again with a 44-yard rush to put the Dawgs in scoring position. Hodge handed off to Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown carry, and the Bulldog lead increased to 34-22 with 4:01 left in the game. After an unsuccessful 2-point conversion attempt, Jefferson kicked off to the Yellowjackets. A couple penalties and incomplete passes put Mineola in a 4th down and 20 situation with only 3:35 left in the game. The Yellowjacket quarterback dropped back to attempt a pass, but Jefferson’s Jackson intercepted the ball. The Bulldogs began a drive that resulted in a 34-yard rushing TD by K’Von Smith. Fuquay continued his perfect PAT kicking for the evening, and the Dawgs were ahead 41-22 with 1:06 left in the game. After the kickoff, Mineola tried to find a little life, but they were stopped by Jackson, who intercepted his second pass in three minutes. The Jefferson Bulldogs (11-0) became Bi-District Champions with a final score of 41-22.

areaThe Bulldogs racked up 488 total yards (308 rushing and 180 passing) in the matchup. Trey Hodge was 8/13 passing and threw for 2 touchdowns. Both TDs were caught by T.Q. Jackson, who also rushed for 1 touchdown. Jackson finished the night with 126 yards on 6 receptions and 5 rushing yards on 1 carry. Dee Black was the leading rusher with 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. K’Von Smith carried for 63 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, T.Q. Jackson had 5 solo tackles and 2 interceptions. Trace Smith had 10 tackles and 1 interception. Brennan Varnell was a force with 25 tackles, 4 for loss, and Kannon Glover had 24 tackles, 1 for loss. Malik Cannon totaled 19 tackles (15 solo and 1 TFL), Lyrik Rawls had 12, and Dylan Griffin had 10.

Jefferson will meet up with Malakoff in the Area round of the playoffs next Friday, November 23, at 2:00 P.M. The game will be played at Meredith Memorial Stadium in Mineola.

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