THE DRAGONS ARE THE DRAGONS.
The Dragons Are The Dragons
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
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
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,
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
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
“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
“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.”
JEFFERSON....0....7...12....0 -- 19
RABUN CO.......0....0....7....0 -- 7
JEF -- Wood 38 run (Carreno kick) 6:36, 7-0
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