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                                    The Dragons Are The Dragons

 

                                   MUSING WITH CECIL BUFFINGTON

 

It was a beautiful night for a football game.  The North Georgia mountains were

stunning in the foreground as I pulled into Frank Snyder Stadium.  The

Stadium is named after  the first coach in Jefferson history.  Frank Snyder was

the Jefferson all-sport coach in 1947-49.  He was the head coach of our 

fabulous, beloved  "Mud Turtles."  The stadium is a beautiful sight to behold.

Any first game always leaves a bit of apprehension as to what could occur.  We

lost some very good football players from our 2014 squad, especially in the

skilled positions.  A new quarterback and receiving corps was forefront in the

minds of most of us Dragon supporters as we awaited the 7:30 PM kick-off.

We expected the team to rely heavily on the run with splendid running-back

Colby Wood returning from a spectacular and effective freshman season.

There had been some speculation as to whom the starting quarterback would

be as the game approached.  Coach Hall decided to go with his sophomore

youngster Bryce Moore over the more experienced Lane Sorrow. Moore is

considered the greatest passing threat among the two while Sorrow is

considered by far the best running quarterback option.  There will be games

when the skills of Sorrow will be needed to increase the best chance odds to

win the game for the Dragons.  I would think Sorrow will have his chance to

shine as the season moves forward.

It was obvious early on that it was just a matter of time before Wood would

break a long run.  He was gang tackled hard by the Rabun line, but it was

obvious that a crack would eventually open and his cut-back and evasiveness

would allow him to go all the way.  Now it's 264 yards later and we're left

wondering just what the maximum potential for yards gained in a game might

be.  Could he rush for 400 yards?   I wouldn't bet against it.

The Dragon offensive line was probably not at it's peak as of yet.  On too many

occasions a running back or the quarterback was hit for a loss.  A fourth-down

and one situation failed to gain a much-needed first down when the game was

still very much in doubt.

The Dragon defense did a good job all night.  Colby Wood, when he was not

carrying the ball was sticking to Rabun's all-everything, University of Georgia

bound Charlie Woerner like syrup on a pancake.  He was literally all over him.

The Rabun passing game is better than average, Their running game is probably

a little below average. Jefferson did a good job containing both segments of

their offense.

Our kicking game was good on kickoff's, with all but one kick going into the end

zone.  Our extra-point effort was poor with two missed out of three kicks.  We

also missed an early field goal that hit the right upright. We need to fix the

extra point problem pretty quick.

What does it look like for the Dragons down the road?  Rabun County was a very

good AA football team.  They were ranked number eight coming into the game.

There are probably two teams on the Dragon schedule that have any chance of

defeating them.  Those two teams are Elbert County and Hart County.  Oconee

County will have an outside chance, but the Dragons will have to play

considerably below par for that to happen.  We, of course, have that trap game

with Commerce over in Tiger Stadium, but if the Dragons play well their depth

will enable them to come out of Tigertown with a win.

A 9-1 or 8-2 record is very likely, with an outside chance for another 10 win

region championship if the Dragon youngsters can grow up by the Elbert county

game.

One thing is for sure.  Jefferson is a very good team again this year.  Don't miss

an opportunity to see them play. They'll make you proud . . .

 

 

 

 WDUN Game Article - 8-22-15

 

        Dragons roll past Rabun County 19 - 7

TIGER — There is absolutely no secret about what Jefferson football wants to do

in the early stages of the 2015 campaign: Run. The. Ball.  Good luck stopping it,

however.


Rabun County gave it a shot on Friday but could not hold out versus the

Dragons’ combination of a mammoth offensive line and running back Colby

Wood, as the sophomore ripped off three touchdown runs en route to 264

yards rushing in a 19-7 victory during both teams’ season opener in Tiger.


“We were able to run the ball really well at times, but they also got us a few

times -- hats off to Rabun County; they made us work for everything,”

Jefferson coach Ben Hall said. “I’m just proud of the way our kids fought.”


The Dragons (1-0) -- and Wood -- proved most dangerous just when the

Wildcats appeared to have them cornered.


Still scoreless in the second quarter, Rabun County utilized a 58-yard

punt to pin Jefferson on its own 9-yard line.  Cue a 42-yard run from  Wood

-- one of his six rushes of 10 yards or more during the night -- that set up his

own 38-yard touchdown run just moments later.


New Dragons starting quarterback Bryce Moore (8 of 9 passing for 97 yards on

the night) also got in on the act in the third quarter, lofting a 49-yard pass to

Kaleb Cooley (5 receptions, 68 yards) after the Wildcats (0-1) again pinned

Jefferson deep, this time on the Dragons’ 5-yard line. Wood took it from there,

exploding on a 47-yard touchdown run -- part of 112 yards rushing in the third

quarter alone.


The sophomore also added a 37-yard run late in the third quarter to set up a

1-yard plunge that made it 19-7, immediately answering Rabun County’s own

touchdown.


“It was a tough game, but it was a great game to play in,” said a modest Wood

afterward. “I don’t care about the (rushing yardage) numbers; I’m just glad we

won. Of course I have to give credit to my offensive line. I love those boys. All

of them played well tonight.”


Rabun County made Jefferson battle throughout and, despite not finding the

end zone until the third quarter, stayed within striking distance via a gritty

defensive effort.


“We fought all night versus a really good team. Our linemen are going to grow

up in a hurry after that one because I’m not sure we’ll play against a better

group of linemen this season,” Wildcats coach Lee Shaw said.


“We held them there for most of the first half, but they dialed us in there a

little bit in the third quarter. “But we also had too many dropped passes and

missed some key opportunities. We knew against a team like that we had to

make the most of our early opportunities.”


Rabun twice marched into Jefferson territory in the first half but punted on

each possession -- including afterwatching a 35-yard scramble and touchdown

pass from Bailey Fisher to Noah Cannon negated by a holding penalty.


Yet the Wildcats found tough going against a Jefferson defense that held

Rabun’s big-play ability in check andyielded just 213 total yards. Fisher led the

way with 120 yards passing, completing 14 of 24 attempts to nine different

receivers -- he also rushed for 44 yards. Only Charlie Woerner caught more

than two passes, but the University of Georgia commit never truly torched the

Dragons, finishing with five catches for 49 yards.


Rabun found its traction late in the third quarter, marching 8- yards on14 plays

before Cal Drummond tightened the contest -- plunging into the end zone on

fourth and one with 3:08 left in the third quarter to make it 13-7.


Jefferson wasn’t in the mood to let the contest get any closer, however, and

Wood took off on a 37-yard run on the first play from scrimmage following the

Rabun kickoff. His own 1-yard plunge just minutes later restored Jefferson’s

two-score advantage and sent the Dragons on their way.


“I’m proud of the guys for being able to finish in a ballgame that didn’t really

go our way early,” Hall said.  “We were on the practice field for about 30

minutes this week (due to inclement weather), so for us to come out and

perform says something about our focus.”


Jefferson will play host to Winder-Barrow next Friday at Memorial Stadium.


Rabun County, meanwhile, will look to regroup as it travels to face

Habersham Central next Friday.


“I’m disappointed but not discouraged,” Shaw said. “Our guys will respond

to this game, just like they did last year. We’ve just got to get back to work.”

SCORING SUMMARY


JEFFERSON....0....7...12....0 -- 19
RABUN CO.......0....0....7....0 -- 7

Second Quarter
 JEF -- Wood 38 run (Carreno kick) 6:36, 7-0

Third Quarter
 JEF -- Wood 47 run (kick failed) 6:45, 13-0
 RC -- Drummond 1 run (Phillips kick) 3:08, 13-7
 JEF -- Wood 1 run (kick failed) 1:10, 19-7