By AUSTIN FARMER
JHS Campus Editor
Every athlete knows the bitter taste of defeat, but to come within a few steps of victory and still lose requires immense strength of character.
With the ball in their possession deep inside the opponent’s territory, time ran out on the Dawgs Friday night as they fell 29-28 to Hughes Springs, making their record 4-1.
When asked about the loss, captain and quarterback (#5) Kylan Thomas said, “It was a tough loss but I feel as if we needed that. Now we have to regroup and refocus for the game(s) ahead. The only thing the loss did was show us how we have to go harder on and off the field, and it brought us closer as a team. It’s good to have these mistakes earlier in the season rather than in the playoffs. We will be fine.”
An interesting fact about the game is how the Mustangs ate up the ground, controlling the ball for 66 plays compared to Jefferson’s 48.
Throughout the game, the Dawgs saw great plays by players Kylan Thomas (#5), Dee Black (#21) and Christian Shepard (#12).
Thomas passed for a total of 197 yards, scoring one touchdown. He also rushed for a total of 123 yards, scoring another touchdown.
Black rushed for a total of 57 yards and received for 65 yards.
Shepard received the ball, running a total of 104 yards.
Player Kenneth Bell (#28) punched the ball in from the 6-yard line to score a touchdown for the Dawgs.
To bounce back, RB Dee Black said, “We’ve got to execute in the offensive game and defense needs to play their part and show the fans what they have been looking for.”
The Dawgs will go up against the Mount Vernon Tigers on Friday, October 11 in the comfort of their home field starting at 7:30 p.m.
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