Dragons Torch Southside With 42-Point First Quarter [VIDEO]
The Dragons wasted very little time in taking control of this game, with Sammy Brown taking the opening kickoff 99 yards for the score just 16 seconds in. It was part of a 42-point first quarter that guided Jefferson to a 45-7 win.
#1-ranked Jefferson (3-0) was unmatched, and a Southside (SC) team that came in 0-2 and a combined 9 points in 2 games found little sympathy from the Dragons.
After Brown’s TD on the opening kick, the defense quickly got off the field, where Brown scored on his next touch, a 14-yard sweep for a 14-0 lead with 10:18 left on the clock. Malaki Starks then scored a 34-yard TD at the 8:49 mark, and Reese Johnson made it 28-0 with 4:09 left in the first on a 23-yard TD run.
The game was already well in hand, and the defense kept the Tigers in their own territory for the entirety of the first half. Meanwhile, the Dragon offense started every drive in the Tigers’ side of the field.
A high snap over the QB led to Brown casually picking up the ball in the end zone for his third TD on this third touch of the ball. That came with 3:24 left and put the Dragons up 35-0. Isaiah Copeland’s 2-yard plunge made it 42-0 as the first quarter horn sounded.
Jefferson tacked on an Owen Botts 25-yard field goal in the second quarter to cap the scoring, as the reserves played the rest of the game and the Dragons’ class was on display when they didn’t take advantage and add insult to injury.
Jefferson outpaced Southside 224 yards against just 13 allowed. The Tigers had -31 (negative 31) yards rushing and 44 passing, and turned the ball over 5 times. Johnson led the offense with 42 yards rushing, while Starks had the one carry for 34 yards and Brown had 2 carries for 31 yards. Justin Beatty and Max Aldridge both recorded interceptions for Jefferson.