JEFFERSON DRAGON FOOTBALL HISTORY: 1947 - 1975



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Featuring Football Research by Jeff Prickett - Commerce  Statistician 

Source Explanation for Jefferson Football Research by Jeff Prickett

In Jefferson research, I primarily used microfilm of The Jackson Herald and

The Commerce News at the Commerce Public Library. A few scattered scores

came from other northeast Ga. newspapers at UGA or the Prickett stat book.

1947 and 49

There was very little information in The Jackson Herald other than most of the scores.

However, in most cases the articles did not have listed the players that scored.

No articles were found in The Commerce News.

1948

There was NO information in The Jackson Herald or in The Commerce News,

not even the scores.

The scores came from a website called www.ghsfha.org

1950-73

I found good, detailed articles of Jefferson football in The Jackson Herald.

1974

There are NO microfilm on The Jackson Herald in the Commerce Public Library

for any year following 1973; also, NO articles in The Commerce News in 1974

For 1974, the source of all scores was (www.ghsfha.org) OR the

Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

1975-93

I found good articles concerning Jefferson football in The Commerce News.

1994-2002

Except for a few games in 2000, there were NO articles on Jefferson football

found in The Commerce News.

2003-2006

At the present time, there are NO microfilm of The Commerce News

in the Commerce Public Library concerning Jefferson football.

1994-2009

All Jefferson scores came from the Prickett stat book which has all region schedules

and scores, however, I have FEW Scoring Plays, except for 2008 and 2009.

2010

All Jefferson scores came from The Athens Banner-Herald or

The Jackson Herald newspapers.

1950-1993

Only in these years have I found much information concerning scoring plays on Jefferson Football. (Also, go to Research-Source Info)

Scoring plays of 50 yards or more are listed under the proper year. I have found a few years (82, 85, 88, 89, 90, 91) where a few scores needed to be corrected and I have done so. The Jefferson football research began in Feb. 2005 and was preliminarily completed on 4/ 18/ 05 --- Jeff Prickett

(A few scores from the above years conflicted with each other in some of the football articles and schedules listed. I had erroneously reported some of these scores on previous discs that I had made.) To my knowledge and with additional research, everything on the present disc concerning Jefferson football is accurate now. --- Jeff Prickett, 5/ 31/ 07

1

Jefferson Records

Coach Frank Snyder, Jr.

(0-7-0) ****, ^^^

H(0-3-0), A(0-4-0)

We They

O10 Fri, Lavonia 0 44 #, ##, ###

O17 Fri, Commerce 0 32 ^

O24 Fri, Toccoa 0 40

O31 Fri, Cornelia . 0 7 *, ^^, $

N7 Fri, Commerce 0 13 *, ^

N14 Fri, OPEN

N21 Fri, Madison . 0 6 *, **

N27 Thu, Winder 6 25 ***, $$

O2 Thu, Gainesville 0 39 *, &

&------This was a pre-season game with the Gainesville High School

B-Team and played in Jefferson.

#------ First game that Jefferson wore solid white

helmets -- (1947-1965).

##----- In Jefferson’s first football game, the nickname of the team

was the “Mud Turtles”.

###----First Jefferson game for Coach Frank Snyder, Jr

####----- The first Jefferson cheerleaders were: Jean Ash, Billie Bard , Bobbie Dozier,

Jane Hendrix, Betty Roberts, Louise Toney and Imogene Westmoreland

^------ Both Jefferson-Commerce games were very rainy and muddy ones.

The only other time that Jefferson and Commerce played twice in a

single year was in (1995), the second game in 1995 was a playoff game.

Jefferson was shut out by the Tigers in both contests, as the

rivalry began in (1947).

^^---- New red jerseys were purchased just before the Cornelia game

by two Jefferson supporters-----Bill Bryan and Herman White.

Source—The Jackson Herald

$------ Halloween record, (0-1-0)

^^^-- The 1947 Jefferson team was shut out for a school record six

times as was the 1948 team.

$$---- The game was played on Thanksgiving morning.

. ----- Two games were decided by 7 points or less: (0-2-0)

*------ Home Game

**---- The Jackson Herald was the source of information in all games

but the Madison game, and the data for this game came from the

UGA Library microfilm of the Madison paper --The Madisonian.

***--- The first points scored by Jefferson in its football history was a

touchdown by Paul Ferguson vs. Winder on Nov. 27, 1947 .

The game was played on Thanksgiving morning.

****-- The GHSA or the Georgia High School Association and region

play was not organized until 1948.

No scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1947.

Jefferson Records

Coach Frank Snyder, Jr.

1948 (0-10-0) ^^, ** (4B) 15th of 15 teams

H(0-2-0), A(0-8-0) (0-9-0)

We They

S10 Fri, Cornelia 0 19 #

Jefferson used the T-Formation offense. JH – Sept. 16, 1948 edition

S17 Fri, Monroe 0 26 #

S24 Fri, Eastanollee . 6 7 *#

O1 Fri, Clarkesville (1) 0 33 *#

O8 Fri, Ellijay 0 52

52 points is tied for 7th as the most ever surrendered by a Jefferson team. 

O15 Fri, Lavonia 7 52 #

O22 Fri, Toccoa 0 27 #

O29 Fri, OPEN

N5 Fri, Clarkesville (2) 6 27 #

N12 Fri, OPEN

N19 Fri, Madison 0 20 #

N24 Wed, Commerce 6 38 #

The game was played on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving.

The Jefferson team was unable to stop the Commerce single-wing attack in this loss.

This was the last football game that Jefferson played using the nickname of “Mud Turtles”.

*------ Home game

#------ Region games

**---- The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and region play began in 1948, however region games and opponents are only available presently from 1948 through 2010. www.ghsfha.org

Work is continuing to be done concerning high school football in Georgia on the state’s football history prior to 1948 by the GHSFHA.---- Georgia High School Football Historians Association

The 1948 team was shut out a Jefferson record of six times as was the 1947 team.

One game was decided by 7 points or less: (0-1-0)

Eastanollee and Clarkesville were the  only home games for Jefferson in 1948.

Source of all game results is from the GHSFHA or the

Georgia High School Football Historians Association www.ghsfha.org --- ira – provided all data

No scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1948.

2A

Jefferson Records

Coach Frank Snyder, Jr.

1949 (2-8-0) (4B) 15th of 17 teams

H(1-4-0),A(1-4-0) (1-8-0)

We They

S9 Fri, Cornelia 0 20 *#

This was the first football game in which Jefferson used their new nickname of “Dragons”. It had been changed from “Mud Turtles” through a contest which had been held by the Jefferson Touchdown Club a few weeks earlier. JH  - The entry of “Dragons” into the Touchdown Club’s nickname contest was entered by two Jefferson High School students:  Joyce Venable—9th grade and Virginia Payne—12th grade.

The prize award for both students was $2.50 for each of the two girls’ winning entry. The judges stated, “The entry of Dragons was original and significant.” The Jackson Herald

At times in the first few years of Jefferson football, the team was called the “Red Dragons”.

S16 Fri, Winder 7 52 #

52 points is tied for 7th as the most given up in a Jefferson football game. See also ’48, ’84, ’85, ’90, ’99, ’10

S23 Fri, Southwest DeKalb . 14 13 ^^, &

FIRST Jefferson football VICTORY--(AWAY); this win broke a 19-game losing streak, Jefferson’s longest which was equaled also with another 19-game losing streak from 1990-1991.

S30 Fri, Clarkesville . 0 6 #

O7 Fri, Ellijay 0 35 *#

O14 Fri, Lavonia 6 26 *#

O21 Fri, Toccoa 12 32 #

O28 Fri, Eastanollee 27 7 *#

FIRST Jefferson football VICTORY--(HOME)

N4 Fri, OPEN

N11 Fri, OPEN

N18 Fri, Thomson 7 33 #

N23 Wed, Commerce 0 61 *#

^^^^-- Jefferson was handily defeated by Commerce. It is the worst defeat in Dragon football history. 61 points is the most given up by a Jefferson team in a game.  >See also ’48, ’84, ’85, ’90, ’99, ’10

The game was played on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving.

Last Jefferson game for Coach Frank Snyder, Jr. - (1947-49)

His Jefferson record was (2-25-0), 27 games. -later coached at Rabun Co.

 *------ Home game, #-------- Region games

His Jefferson record was (2-25-0), 27 games. - later coached at Rabun Co.

2 games were decided by 7 points or less: (1-1-0)

Results of the Southwest DeKalb game came from the GHSFHA (Georgia High School Football Historians Association) www.ghsfha.org , Todd Holcomb

Results of the Clarkesville game came from the  Clarkesville paper on microfilm at the UGA library

Results of the Toccoa game came from the Athens Banner-Herald on microfilm at UGA. 

Source of all other game results in is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library.

No scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1949.

Jefferson Records 3

Coach Arthur “Red” Yancey

1950 (9-1-1)  2nd of 19 teams (4B)

H(5-0-0), A(4-1-1)  (7-1-0)

We They

S15 Fri, Winder . 6 4 #

First Jefferson game for Coach Arthur “Red” Yancey of Ohio University

Jefferson gave up TWO intentional safties to Winder in the 6 - 4 win.

S22 Fri, Southwest DeKalb . 20 20

First tie game for the Dragons 

S29 Fri, No. Habersham 19 0 * #

O 6 Fri, Clayton 36 18 #

HB Don Cole had a 96-yard TD run.

The Jefferson team had 648 yards of total offense. JH

O12 Thu, Royston 42 2 *#

The Jefferson team had a total of 710 total offense, 564 rushing JH

Don Cole had a 90-yard TD run. JH

This Royston game was the FIRST Jefferson GAME FILMED. JH

O20 Fri, Toccoa 31 12

O27 Fri, Eastanollee 65 6 *

Second most game points scored by a Jefferson team.

HB Curtis Segars had a 65-yard touchdown run and a game total of 5 touchdowns and 5 PAT’s—35 points. JH

N 3 Fri, Madison . 32 27 #

N10 Fri, Tucker 32 7 *#

Don Cole had a 73 yard TD run. JH

N17 Fri, Thomson 35 6 *#

N27 Mon, Greensboro . 13 20 #

Playoff game played on a frigid Monday night in Commerce---Neutral site

This was Jefferson’s FIRST PLAYOFF game.

Jefferson’s ten game unbeaten streak ended with this close and hard-fought loss to Greensboro.

This is the only MONDAY game ever played by Jefferson. This was a contest played in bitterly cold weather. JH

Halfback Curtis Segars had a 92-yard TD on a fumble return. JH  This is the LONGEST KNOWN FUMBLE RETURN for Jefferson.

Last Jefferson game for Coach Arthur “Red” Yancey;

*--------- Home game, #-------- Region game

Region 4B in 1950 had an amazing total of 19 teams.

The Jackson Herald, 8/17 and 8/ 24 edition, page 8 referred to Jefferson as the “Red Dragons”

The Old Jefferson Memorial Stadium was remodeled and seating capacity tripled in 1950.

The Jefferson cheerleaders were: Pam Cutts, Emmogene Fleeman, Jackie Marlowe, Rachael McEver, Doris Segars, Claudius Thurmond and Donald White ---- source, The Jackson Herald, Sept. 14, 1950

Clarkesville was consolidated into North Habersham in 1950.

The Jackson Herald, Nov. 2, 1950—back page.

1950 was the only year, since the beginning of the Commerce-Jefferson rivalry in (1947 and through 2010), that the two teams did not play each other.

Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Day, new gym construction start dedicated & cornerstone laid; fin. ‘51.

Jefferson’s only unbeaten regular season, (9-0-1); T-Formation used

There were an amazing 19 teams in Region 4B in 1950. JH

Coach Yaney's record at Jefferson was (9-1-1), 11 games. Captains-Dickie Copas and Curtis Segars.  The # 31 jersey of halfback Curtis Segars was retired later during the school year;  JH 12/7/50 - back page; Segars had 2350 yards of TO in 1950 and scored 185 points.  Second in the state of Georgia to Gene Baird of Commerce, who had 188 points.

4 games were decided by 7 points or less: (2-1-1)

Source of all games in 1950 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1950. .

3A

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1951 (7-3-0) @ (4B) 5th of 21 teams

H(3-1-0),A(4-2-0) (6-3-0)

We They

S 7 Fri, Clarkston . 0 6 #, ##

S14 Fri, Winder . 20 13 *#

S21 Fri, Stone Mountain 47 0 *#, $

S27 Thu, No. Habersham 25 0 #

O 5 Fri, Rabun County 0 39 *#, ###

O11 Thu, Commerce . 8 13 #, ^

O19 Fri, Avondale . 19 18

O26 Fri, Royston 26 7 #

N 1 Thu, Madison 12 0 *#

N 9 Fri, Tucker . 19 12 #, ^^, ^^^

*------- Home game

#------- Region games

@------ Region 4B in 1951 had an amazing total of 21 teams.

##------ This was the first Jefferson game for

Coach John “Stooge” Davis.

$------- HB Don Cole had a 64-yard touchdown run. JH

^------- Commerce upset favored Jefferson. Near the end of the

game, Jefferson scored the ONLY SAFETY of the series,

when Dragon defender Earl Carithers tackled Tiger

halfback Jerry Aiken in the Commerce end zone to

cut the Tiger lead to (13-8) late in the final period.

Fullback Earl Carithers also scored the Dragon touchdown

with a four-yard burst up the middle in the third period.

This was the first of two successive Commerce-Jefferson

Thursday night games in 1951 and 1952.

^^----- Jefferson ended the season with a four game winning streak.

^^^--- This win was accidentally first listed by me as a Jefferson

loss of (12-19), because I inadvertently reversed the

numbers in the score. --JP

However, following further research this error has subsequently

been corrected as a (19-12) Jefferson win.

Fullback Earl Carithers along with halfbacks Don Cole and

Billy Sailors each scored on short runs for the Dragons in

this upset of the highly touted Tucker team. Sailors’ late

fourth quarter TD run cemented the victory for Jefferson. JH

. ------- 5 games were decided by 7 points or less: (3-2-0)

--Source of most games in 1951 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1951.

###----Rabun Co. game results came from www.ghsfha.org , -zach houston

Jefferson Records 4

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1952 (6-2-2) ++, @ (4B) 5th of 19 teams

Reg. H(4-0-2). A(1-2-0) (5-2-2)

H(4-0-2), A(2-2-0)

We They

S12 Fri, Clarkston . 13 6 *#, $

S19 Fri, Winder . 7 6

S25 Thu, Commerce . 6 6 *#, ^

O3 Fri, No. Habersham . 19 13 *#, $$

O10 Fri, So. Habersham . 12 7 *#, +

O17 Fri, Rabun County 6 19 #, ^^

O24 Fri, Lavonia . 14 21 #

O30 Thu,Oglethorpe Co. . 33 27 *#, $$$

N7 Fri, Tucker . 12 12 *#

N14 Fri, Stone Mountain 28 6 #

*------- Home game, #---------- Region game

@--- Region 4B in 1952 had an amazing total of 19 teams.

++- Jefferson had six home games in 1952.

$---- HB Don Cole had two TD runs, both of 58 yards in length. JH

^----- This was the first tie game between Commerce and Jefferson. There would eventually be

a total of five tie games in the series with the last coming in 1978.

The 2004 game ended tied in regulation at (24-24). However, Commerce then won the

game in 2004 by a (34-31) score with a field goal in the second overtime period.

In the 1952 contest: Jefferson was the favored team.

Commerce scored on their opening drive of the game but missed the extra point. A short

time later, the Dragons recovered a Tiger fumble at the Commerce two yard line. This set up

a Jefferson score shortly thereafter following Dragon defender Billy Wilbanks’ recovery of the

Commerce fumble. The Dragon’s big fullback Earl Carithers then scored on the next play.

However, Jefferson missed the go-ahead PAT because of a bad snap on the kick attempt.

Later, a third quarter TD run by a Dragon back was called back due to a penalty, and following

this unfortunate event, the score remained tied at (6-6) for the remainder of the game.

This was the last time that a Commerce-Jefferson game was not

played on Friday. The 1948 and 1949 games were played on

the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving, and the

1951 and 1952 games were played on a Thursday night.

All C-J games thereafter have been Friday night contests.

$$--- HB Marvin Hall had a 60-yard TD run.

$$$--- Commerce and Jefferson had made an arrangement that since both teams had a home game on

Friday , Oct. 3, that Commerce would play its game on Thursday vs. Buford to allow football

fans in Jackson Co. to also see Jefferson’s Friday game with North Habersham. Many Tiger fans

complained, since Friday was a more convenient night to watch high school football games,

therefore, this idea was squelched for future C-J games after 1952.

---- Source >The Commerce News, The Jackson Herald

+---- Cornelia had been consolidated into South Habersham in 1950.

--Source ---The Jackson Herald, Nov. 2, 1950---back page.

^^--- Jefferson’s nine game unbeaten streak ended with this

loss to Rabun County.

$$$$- Marvin Hall—90-yard punt ret. TD, & an 80-yard KO return for a TD;

Hall’s punt return is the LONGEST known TD punt ret. in Dragon history.

. ------ 8 close games were decided by 7 points or less: (5-1-2)

--Source of all games in 1952 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1952.

4A

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1953 (6-4-0) ^^ (4B) East 7th of 10 teams

S. Region H(1-2-0), A(2-2-0) (3-4-0)

H(3-2-0),A(3-2-0)

We They

S11 Fri, Thomson 6 26 *#

S18 Fri, Winder 26 7 *

S25 Fri, Commerce . 7 14 #, ^

O2 Fri, No. Habersham . 12 6 #

O9 Fri, So. Habersham 7 21 #

O16 Fri, Rabun County 28 0 *#, $

O23 Fri, Lavonia . 13 14 *#

O30 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 45 0 #, $$

N6 Fri, Tucker 54 0 ###, $$$, ^^^

N13 Fri, Stone Mountain 40 7 *###, ##

*------------- Home Game

#------------- Sub-region, ###--------- Region

^--------- Commerce again upset favored Jefferson and this time it

was in a downpour of rain.

In the second half, the Dragons squandered a (7-0) halftime

lead and were held scoreless by Commerce for the loss, as

the Tigers scored twice in the second half to secure the win.

QB Marvin Hall sneaked across the goal line from two yards

out in the second quarter for the Dragons’ only touchdown.

All Commerce-Jefferson games since 1953 have been played

on Friday nights.

$--------- Benny Tompkins had a 58-yard punt. JH

$$------- Marvin Hall threw a 70-yard TD pass to end Locke Potts.

Don Cole had a 65-yard interception return for a TD;

HB Billy Wilbanks had a 90-yard interception

return for a touchdown. JH

$$$------ Marvin Hall had a 75-yard punt return for a TD. JH

^^------- The Dragons ended the season on a positive note. Jefferson

won its last three games while throwing two shutouts and

scoring a total of 139 points.

Jefferson’s defense matured and only allowed one touchdown in

the final three contests of the season as a prelude to the successful

1954 campaign when they became 4B East sub-region champions.

The end of the 1953 season became a catalyst for a very

successful season in 1954.

^^^----- Tied for 7th most game points scored by a Jefferson team>’87, ‘98

##-------- First Friday the 13th game for the Dragons;

Friday 13th record, (1-0-0)

. ------------ 3 games were decided by 7 points or less: (1-2-0)

--Source of all games in 1953 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1953.

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1954 (8-2-1) ** (4B) North Sub-Region Champion

S. Reg. H(2-0-1), A(4-0-0) (6-0-1)

H(3-1-1), A(5-1-0)

We They

S10 Fri, Winder . 13 7

S17 Fri, Lawrenceville 20 0 *

S24 Fri, Commerce . 13 13 *#, ^

O1 Fri, Tallulah Falls 40 20 #

O8 Fri, So. Habersham . 7 0 *#, $

O15 Fri, Rabun County 35 0 #, $$

O22 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 14 6 *#

O29 Fri, Lavonia . 19 13 #, $$$

N5 Fri, Stephens County 13 27 ^^

N12 Fri, No. Habersham . 19 14 *#, ##

N19 Fri, Thomson 7 39 ###, &, ####

*------------ Home Game, &--------- Playoff game

#------------ Sub-Region game, ###------- Region game

**------- 1954 - first year that HS teams signed two year schedule contracts.

^-------- In this sub-region opener, Jefferson built a (13-0) 1Q lead

only to have Commerce rally to tie the game by halftime.

The game ended in a tie after a scoreless second half.

Late in the fourth quarter, Jefferson was unable to break

the (13-13) tie with a tally against the Tigers, as the Dragons

failed to score from inside the Commerce 20.

RB Benny Tompkins opened the scoring for Jefferson with

a one-yard plunge for a (6-0) advantage. Later, a touchdown

pass from Wayne Wages to Woodrow Stewart helped build

the early Dragon lead to (13-0) following the successful PAT

in the first quarter.

Jefferson dominated the game in running 46 plays in Tiger

territory, while Commerce had only 10 snaps on the Jefferson

side of the field. Jefferson had been favored in the game.

Tiger HB Richard Crocker had a 95-yard TD run to tie the game at

(13-13) in the 2Q. However, Commerce missed the go-ahead PAT.

$-------- Jefferson scored after recovering a South Habersham fumble

on the SH one yard line setting up the game’s only touchdown.

$$------- The Dragons had 416 yards of total offense.

$$$----- QB Buddy Johnson to End Woodrow Stewart for a 54-yard TD pass.

^^------ This loss ended an 11 game unbeaten streak dating back to the

8th game of the 1953 season.

##------- This 4Q come from behind win gave the DRAGONS their

FIRST SUB-REGION TITLE.

####---- This region title game was played in a driving rain storm.

. ----------- 5 games were decided by 7 points or less: (4-0-1)

--Source of all games in 1954 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1954.

5A

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1955 (6-4-0) (4B) North 2nd ##

S. Reg. H(2-1-0), A(3-1-0) (5-2-0)

H(2-3-0),A(4-1-0)

We They

S9 Fri, Winder 0 8 *

S16 Fri, Lawrenceville . 13 6 $

S23 Fri, Commerce 27 13 #, ^

S30 Fri, Tallulah Falls 14 6 *#, $$

O7 Fri, So. Habersham 18 6 #

O14 Fri, Rabun County . 7 13 *#

O21 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. . 14 13 #

O28 Fri, Lavonia . 6 0 *#

N4 Fri, Stephens County 7 27 *

N11 Fri, No. Habersham . 14 21 #, ##

*---------- Home Game

#---------- Sub-Region game

$---------- HB Billy Ricks had a 57-yard TD run.

^---------- Jefferson’s FIRST WIN OVER COMMERCE at Commerce;

the Dragons scored (27) unanswered points, after

Commerce had led (13-0) in the second period.

The score at the half was (13-7). Commerce was favored.

Dragon TD scores were:

Wayne Wages passed to Gus Johnson for a TD,

Billy Ricks had a 20-yard TD run, Ricks

scored again on a 10-yard end run, and then

Ricks returned an interception 49 yards for the

final TD of the game, as the DRAGONS recorded

their FIRST VICTORY OVER rival COMMERCE.

$$--------- HB Benny Tompkins had an 85-yard TD run. JH

##--------- Jefferson finished second to South Habersham

in Sub-Region 4B North.

A win in the tenth game of the season at North

Habersham would have given the Dragons the

sub-region title since they had already beaten South

Habersham. However, this loss against North

Habersham, which now had only three wins for the

season, knocked Jefferson out of first place giving the

sub-region title to the South Habersham Rebels.

Jefferson squandered a (14-0) lead en route to this loss.

. ---------- 5 games were decided by 7 points or less: (3-2-0)

--Source of all games in 1955 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1955.

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1956 (7-3-0) ** (4B) West 4th

S. Reg. H(2-1-0), A(2-2-0) (4-3-0)

H(4-1-0), A(3-2-0)

We They

S14 Fri, Winder-Barrow 20 0 &

S21 Fri, Lawrenceville 26 12 *#, $

S28 Fri, Commerce 12 0 *###, ^

O5 Fri, Rockdale Co. 7 20 #

O12 Fri, Morgan County 0 14 *#, ^^

O19 Fri, Stone Mountain 0 26 #

O26 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. . 26 21 *###, $$

N2 Fri, Lithonia 26 7 #, $$$

N9 Fri, Tucker 26 14 #, $$$$

N16 Fri, Clarkston 39 0 *#, $$$$$

*---------- Home Game

#---------- Sub-Region game, ###--------- Region game

&------ Winder consolidated into Winder-Barrow before the 1956 season.

$------- Jefferson halfback Billy Ricks had a 55-yard TD run. JH

The Dragons collected 463 yards of total offense.

^------- It was Jefferson’s FIRST WIN OVER the TIGERS IN JEFFERSON.

and their first shutout over Commerce as well, as the

Dragon defense dominated the contest in its second straight

win for Coach John “Stooge” Davis against the Tigers.

Jefferson’s first score came in the first half when halfback

Billy Ricks ran in from a short distance out. The score was

set up when a Tiger punt returner had a punt bounce off

his chest with Benny Tompkins recovering for the Dragons

deep in Tiger territory at the Commerce 27.

In two plays, the Dragons had scored. Rick’s first run

carried the ball inside the Tiger 10; he then scored with

a run on the succeeding play.

The second score for Jefferson came late in the fourth quarter

when Ricks again skirted the end. This time it was a 20-yard

sweep to give the Dragons a (12-0) lead and seal the win which

was also bolstered in a great shutout by the Jefferson defense.

^^------ This loss came to the eventual Class B State

Champion---Morgan County.

$$------- Billy Ricks had a 56-yard touchdown run.

$$$----- Billy Ricks had two 50-yard TD runs along with a 50-yard

touchdown on a punt return for three scores in the game.

$$$$--- Billy Ricks had a 52-yard touchdown run.

$$$$$-- Benny Tompkins had a 49-yard TD run.

**------ Jefferson ended the year on a positive note with 4 straight wins.

. ---------- One game was decided by 7 points or less: (1-0-0)

--Source of all games in 1956 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1956.

6A

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1957 (6-4-0) (4B) West 4th

S. Reg. H(3-1-0), A(1-2-0) (4-3-0)

H(4-1-0),A(2-3-0)

We They

S13 Fri, Winder-Barrow . 19 12 *, ##, $

S20 Fri, Cent. Gwinnett 20 0 #, $$

S27 Fri, Commerce . 6 13 ###, ^

O4 Fri, Rockdale Co. 13 0 *#, $$$

O11 Fri, Morgan County . 6 7 #

O18 Fri, Stone Mountain . 17 14 *#

O25 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 33 7 ###

N1 Fri, Lithonia 18 7 *#

N8 Fri, Tucker 7 27 *#, $$$$

N15 Fri, Clarkston . 13 14 #

*---------- Home Game

#---------- Sub-Region game, ###-------- Region game

##--------- Friday the 13th record, (2-0-0)

$---------- Daniel Gassaway had a 75-yard TD on a punt return.

$$--------- Bobby Potter had a 32-yard TD on a return of an

interception on the very first play of the game.

^---------- Commerce upset slightly favored Jefferson in a very

rainy and muddy game. Commerce broke the (6-6) tie

with a long TD run in the fourth quarter for the win.

In the third period, Jefferson defender Albert Logan

blocked a Tiger punt giving the Dragons a great scoring

opportunity at the Commerce two. Running back Monk

Tolbert scored on the following play on a two-yard run.

The PAT was missed leaving the score tied at (6-6).

Three plays following the ensuing kickoff, Commerce

scored on Tiger halfback Gene Brake’s long 55-yard

TD run to leap into the lead for the eventual win.

Jefferson’s final drive of the game ended when a fourth

down attempt at the Commerce 15 failed, and the

Dragons ended up losing this very wet, close and

hard-fought contest.

Gary Duke had a 53-yard punt in the game. CN

$$$------- Gary Duke scored both Dragon touchdowns on runs of

32 and 58 yards.

$$$$------ Gary Duke had a 68-yard punt on a quick kick from

his fullback position. This is the LONGEST

KNOWN” PUNT in Jefferson football history.

. ---------- 5 games were decided by 7 points or less: (2-3-0)

--Source of all games in 1957 is The Jackson Herald and T he Commerce News on microfilm

at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1957.

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1958 (8-2-0) ** (4B) South 2nd ##

S. Reg. H(2-1-0), A(1-0-0) (3-1-0)

H(3-2-0), A(5-0-0)

We They

S12 Fri, Winder-Barrow 13 0

S19 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 53 6 *#, $

S26 Fri, Commerce . 7 13 * , ^

O3 Fri, Rockdale Co. . 13 7 ###, $$

O10 Fri, Morgan County 7 32 *#, ^^

O17 Fri, Stone Mountain 26 0 ###

O24 Fri, Thomson 46 19 *#, $$$

O31 Fri, Madison County 38 0 ^^^

N7 Fri, Wash.-Wilkes 13 0 #

N14 Fri, Lavonia 68 0 *, $$$$

*------------ Home Game

#------------ Sub-Region game, ###--------- Region game

$-------- Jeff Davis had a 62-yard touchdown run. HB Buddy Tolbert

threw a 50-yard TD pass to end John Kesler.

^-------- Commerce upset slightly favored Jefferson once more.

After trailing (13-0) in the fourth quarter, the Dragons scored

a late touchdown to cut the deficit to six with the game coming

to an end a short time thereafter.

The Jefferson touchdown came when QB Jeff Davis passed 25

yards to end John Kesler, as the Dragon receiver dragged a Tiger

tackler into the end zone. Davis added the PAT on a successful

run. However, it was too little, too late for the Dragons.

The score at the half was (0-0) in this tough battle. Commerce had

257 yards of total offense, while Jefferson was limited to 68 total

yards by the Tigers with most coming on the final drive. JH

$$------ Jefferson pulled out the win in the last two minutes of the game,

when Buddy Tolbert threw a 40-yard TD pass to John Kesler.

^^--------- This loss came to the eventual Class B State Champion---Morgan County.

$$$----- Gary Duke had 5 touchdowns on the evening. One was a

63-yard punt return for a TD. He also had a 52 yard punt.

^^^---- Halloween record, (1-1-0)

$$$$--- Jefferson finished the season by defeating Lavonia in the most

lopsided victory in Jefferson football history as well as the MOST

GAME POINTS scored by a Jefferson team, ONE GAME--(68) -- 1st.

-Other big point games--- 2nd-1950, T3rd-1993, T3rd-2009, 5th-1978

Gary Duke scored on TD runs of 61 and 51 yards; Jeff Davis

scored on touchdown runs of 54 and 56 yards.

##-------- Jefferson finished second to Morgan County in the sub-region after a loss to the

Bulldogs earlier in the season.

---This is one of the best Jefferson teams not to make the playoffs.

**------- Jefferson finished a very good season on a high note with five

straight wins after tough losses to Commerce and Morgan County.

. ----------- 2 games were decided by 7 points or less: (1-1-0)

--Source of all games in 1958 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1958.

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Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1959 (7-2-1) + (4B) South 4th ^^^

S. Reg. H(0-1-0), A(1-1-1) (1-2-1)

H(4-1-0),A(3-1-1)

We They

S11 Fri, Winder-Barrow . 7 0 *

S18 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 40 7 #

S25 Fri, Commerce 26 7 ^

O2 Fri, Rockdale Co. 21 7 *, ###, $

O9 Fri, Morgan County 0 40 #, ^^

O16 Fri, Stone Mountain 47 0 *, ###, $$

O23 Fri, Thomson . 19 19 #, ^^^, $$$

O30 Fri, Madison County 26 0 *, $$$$

N6 Fri, Wash-Wilkes . 13 14 *#, ^^^, &

N13 Fri, Lavonia 47 0 %

 *--------------- Home Game

#--------------- Sub-Region game, ###----------- Region game

+---------- Jefferson only had 18 players on the 1959 team.

^---------- Jefferson clobbered Commerce behind the leadership of

halfback Jeff Davis. The Tigers were never in the contest,

as the Dragons dominated the game both offensively and

defensively from start to finish.

The four Dragon scores came from:

Jeff Davis, 9-yard run; fullback Franklin Nichols, 2-yard run;

Richard Langford, 3-yard run; Don Tompkins also scored

on a short touchdown run.

Jefferson had 263 total yards, while the Dragon defense

limited Commerce to a mere 104 yards of total offense.

$---------- HB Jeff Davis had a 78-yard punt return for a TD.

^^-------- Jefferson’s nine game winning streak dating back to the sixth

game of 1958 ended with this loss to Morgan County.

This loss came to the eventual Class B State

Champion---Morgan County.

$$-------- Jeff Davis had an 80-yard punt return for a TD.

$$$------ Jeff Davis had a 70-yard kickoff return for a TD.

$$$$----- Jeff Davis had 4 TD’s in the game on runs of 78, 73, 31, 35 yards.

^^^------ The failure to convert extra point attempts in these two

games knocked the Dragons out of securing second

place in Region 4B South.

%-------- Friday the 13th record, (3-0-0)

. ---------- 3 games were decided by 7 points or less: (1-1-1)

&--------Source of the Washington-Wilkes game is www.ghsfha.org , -Ira

--Source of most games in 1959 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1959.

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1960 (6-2-2) (4B) South 4th

S. Reg. H(1-1-1), A(0-1-0) (1-2-1)

H(3-1-2), A(3-1-0)

We They

S8 Thu, East Hall 34 0 ##

S16 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 35 12 *#, $

S23 Fri, Commerce . 0 0 *, ^

S30 Fri, North Hall 38 6 &&

O7 Fri, Morgan County . 0 0 *#

O14 Fri, Ga. Ind. Inst. 45 7 *, ^^, $$

O21 Fri, Milton 33 0 *, $$$

O28 Fri, Thomson 19 33 *#, ^^^

N4 Fri, Royston 33 7 ###, $$$$

N11 Fri, Wash-Wilkes 6 42 #, &

*--------- Home Game

#--------- Sub-Region game, ###-------- Region game

##------- Game played at the Gainesville City Park

$------ Jeff Davis had 4 touchdowns in the game.

^------ Favored Jefferson had numerous chances to score but was

unsuccessful on each of their three penetrations inside the

Tiger twenty yard line, as the Dragon offense failed to capitalize

on these opportunities. The Tigers’ only scoring chance

stalled at the Dragon five yard line in the first period.

A fourth quarter goal line stand by the Tigers halted the

Dragon’s late and final attempt at victory, as two thrusts

into the Commerce defense from the one yard line failed.

The two gallant teams then walked off the field tied at

(0-0) after one of the classic contests between the two

arch rivals in this River War.

HB Jeff Davis averaged 50.0 yards on three punts—two were

over 50 yards one of which was a 55-yard quick kick.

There were four punts by the two teams combined of over 50 yards.

^^---- The Georgia Industrial Institute played all of its games

away, so Jefferson had six home games in 1960.

$$---- Jeff Davis had a 50-yard punt. Jeff Davis also scored

TD’s on a 62-yard run and a 75-yard punt return.

$$$----- Jeff Davis scored on a 65-yard punt return touchdown.

^^^-- Jefferson’s eight game unbeaten streak dating back to

the tenth game of 1959 ended with this loss to Thomson.

$$$$- Jeff Davis had 2 PAT’s and 3 TD’s; one was a 65-yard run.

He had 23 touchdowns for the season – most ever by a Dragon.

-- Jeff Davis later was a running back at Georgia Tech—(1961-64).

&----- This loss came to the eventual Class B State

Champion---Washington-Wilkes.

. -------- 2 games were decided by 7 points or less: (0-0-2)

--Source of most games in 1960 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

&&------Source of the North Hall game is www.ghsfha.org , -becky taylor

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1960.

8A

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1961 (5-5-0) ^^ (4B) South 4th

S. Reg. H(0-1-0), A(1-2-0) (1-3-0)

H(4-1-0),A(1-4-0)

We They

S8 Fri, East Hall 13 0 **, $

S15 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 19 0 #

S22 Fri, Commerce . 7 13 ^

S30 Sat, North Hall 32 0 **, ^^

O6 Fri, Morgan County 0 26 #

O13 Fri, Ga. Ind. Inst. 27 13 **, ^^^

O20 Fri, Milton 0 26

O27 Fri, Thomson 0 13 #

N4 Sat, Royston 20 0 **, ^^, ###

N10 Fri, Wash-Wilkes 0 46 **, #

#------ Sub-Region game, ###----- Region game

**---- Home games for the Dragons in 1961 were played in Commerce,

while the new Memorial Stadium in Jefferson was being

constructed in (1961-62).

$------ Damon Gause had a 64-yard interception return for a TD.

^------Two Tiger touchdown runs by Roger Love doomed the

Dragons in this classic encounter between the two

cross-county rivals.

Jefferson running back Larry Benton scored from five

yards out in the fourth period to help cut the Tiger

lead to (13-7) with less than a minute to go in this

traditional contest.

However, the Dragons’ rally fell just shy, as they were

unable to score again before the final horn sounded.

^^---- Because Jefferson was using the Commerce stadium for

its home games in 1961, and because Commerce had

a home game scheduled for two of the same Friday’s

as did Jefferson, the Dragons had to move these two

home games at the Commerce stadium to a Saturday

night in order to avoid conflicting dates with the Tigers.

Jefferson had a (4-1-0) record while playing home games

at the Commerce stadium; remarkable

^^^-- Friday the 13th record, (4-0-0)

. ------ One game was decided by 7 points or less: (0-1-0)

--Source of all games in 1961 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1961.

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1962 (4-5-1) ** (4B) South T-3rd

S. Reg. H(1-1-1), A(1-1-0) (3-2-1)

H(3-2-1), A(1-3-0)

We They

S7 Fri, Ga. Ind. Inst. . 6 0 *, $, ^^^

S14 Fri, Winder-Barrow 6 19

S21 Fri, Commerce 7 32 *, ^

S28 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 25 0 *#, +, ^^

O5 Fri, Morgan County 6 40 *#, $$, ++, ^^

O12 Fri, East Hall 6 16 ##

O19 Fri, Lavonia . 12 6 *#

O26 Fri, Thomson . 0 0 *#, ^^

N2 Fri, Royston . 7 6 #, ##

N9 Fri, Wash-Wilkes 6 33 #, ^^

*-------- Home Game

#-------- Sub-Region game

###----- Region game

**------ Jefferson again had six home games in 1962, because the

Georgia Industrial Institute played all of its games away.

$-------- This was the First Jefferson Home Game played at the new

and present Jefferson Memorial Stadium.

^^^---- Jefferson’s first win at the new Jefferson Memorial Stadium

^-------- Commerce won its first game at the new Jefferson

Memorial Stadium using a strong running attack

with three touchdowns coming on long runs.

Jefferson opened the scoring with a touchdown pass

of seven yards from QB Jack Wilson to Gary Brooks

for an early (7-0) lead for the Dragons.

+------- Halfback Eddie Watson had a 74-yard TD run.

$$------ This loss came to eventual Class B State

Champion---Morgan County.

++------ Gary Brooks had a 55-yard fumble return for a TD.

. -------- 4 games were decided by 7 points or less: (3-0-1)

--Source of most games in 1962 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1962.

##------Source of the East Hall and Royston games in 1962 is the Athens Banner-Herald on microfilm at UGA.

^^-----Source of these f our games is www.ghsfha.org , -btaylor

9A

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1963 (5-4-1) (4B) South 4th

S. Reg. H(1-1-0), A(1-2-0) (3-3-0)

H(3-2-0),A(2-2-1)

We They

S13 Fri, Ga. Ind. Inst. . 7 0 *, ##

S20 Fri, Winder-Barrow 0 33 *

S27 Fri, Commerce . 0 0 ^

O4 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 21 0 #

O11 Fri, Morgan County 0 29 #

O18 Fri, East Hall 27 7 *, +

O25 Fri, Lavonia . 13 6 #

N1 Fri, Thomson 0 14 #

N8 Fri, Royston 14 6 *#, ++

N15 Fri, Wash-Wilkes 0 37 *#, $

*---------- Home Game

#---------- Sub-Region game

###------- Region game

##--------- Friday the 13th record, (5-0-0)

^---------- Commerce had numerous chances to score with four

opportunities inside the Dragon 20 yard line, but the

Tigers were kept out of the end zone on each occasion

by the tenacious Dragons. The Jefferson defense

put up three fabulous goal line stands in order to

secure the tie game.

Jefferson, however, had no serious scoring chances

during the contest.

+---------- Thomas Bond had a 40-yard return of a blocked

punt for a touchdown.

This is the longest KNOWN RETURN of a BLOCKED PUNT

for a TD in Jefferson football history.

++-------- Damon West had a 48-yard punt on a quick kick.

$---------- This loss came to eventual Class B State

Champion---Washington-Wilkes.

. ---------- 3 games were decided by 7 points or less: (2-0-1)

--Source of all games in 1963 is The Jackson Herald

on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1963.

Jefferson Records

Coach John “Stooge” Davis

1964 (4-6-0) (4B) Area 2 4th

S. Reg. H(0-1-0), A(0-2-0) (0-3-0)

H(2-3-0),A(2-3-0)

We They

S4 Fri, Franklin County . 13 7 +

S11 Fri, Winder-Barrow 0 33

S18 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 32 6 *, ###

S25 Fri, Commerce 0 20 *, ^

O2 Fri, Stone Mountain 7 26 *, ###

O9 Fri, Morgan County 0 41 *#

O16 Fri, Union County . 20 14 *, ###, ++

O23 Fri, South Gwinnett 19 0 ###

O30 Fri, Wash-Wilkes 0 32 #

N6 Fri, Toccoa 0 20 #, ##

*------- Home Game

#------- Sub-Region game

###---- Region game

+------- Halfback Eddie Watson had a 66-yard TD run.

^------- Jefferson was unable to move offensively

on the stubborn Tiger defense.

++----- Billy Duke threw a 75-yard TD pass to Mike Cotton.

##------ This was the last Jefferson game for

Coach John “Stooge” Davis - (1951-64).

His career record at Jefferson was (85-48-8);

141 games including one playoff game in 1954.

. ------- Two games were decided by 7 points or less: (2-0-0)

--Source of all games in 1964 is The Jackson Herald

on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1964.

10A

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1965 (2-7-1) *** (4B) Area 2 4th

S. Reg. H(0-2-0), A(0-0-1) (0-2-1)

H(0-5-0),A(2-2-1)

We They

S3 Fri, Franklin Co. . 7 12 *, ##

S10 Fri, Winder-Barrow 0 21 *

S17 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 13 0 ###

S24 Fri, Commerce 8 41 ^

O1 Fri, Stone Mountain 0 21 ###

O8 Fri, Morgan County . 6 6 #

O15 Fri, Union County 26 7 ###, $

O22 Fri, South Gwinnett . 26 27 *, ###, $$

O29 Fri, Wash-Wilkes . 13 20 *#

N5 Fri, Toccoa 0 28 *#, ^^

*---------- Home Game

#---------- Sub-Region game

###------- Region game

##--------- First Jefferson game coached by

Coach Jim Lofton - (1965-74).

^---------- The out-manned Jefferson team battled

Commerce in this tough Dragon loss.

RB Gene Thurmond scored the only Dragon

touchdown of the night from a short distance

out to climax a 64-yard drive.

$---------- Eddie Watson had a 55-yard touchdown run.

$$--------- Eddie Watson had TD runs of 45 and 76 yards.

^^-------- Last game that Jefferson wore solid white

helmets – (1947-1965).

***------- Jefferson wore solid white helmets – (1947-1965).

. ---------- 4 games were decided by 7 points or less: (0-3-1)

--Source of all games in 1965 is The Jackson Herald

on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1965.

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1966 (4-5-1) ***, & (4B) Area 2 3rd

S. Reg. H(1-1-1), A(1-1-0) (2-2-1)

H(2-3-1), A(2-2-0)

We They

A26Fri, White County 20 6 ###, ^

S2Fri, No. Habersham 18 6 *

S9Fri, Toccoa . 0 6

S16Fri, Greene County . 0 0 *#

S23Fri, Commerce 0 31 *, ^^

S30Fri, OPEN

O7Fri, Morgan County 0 13 *#, ##

O14Fri, Lovett . 7 13 *, ###

O21Fri, Harlem . 14 7 #

O28Fri, Wash-Wilkes 0 28 #, $

N4Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 33 13 *#, ^^^

92 123

*------ Home Game

#------ Sub-Region game

###--- Region game

^------ First game that Jefferson wore solid red helmets with

NO striping or number.

Jefferson wore white pants with one blue stripe down the side.

^^-----The Commerce defense shut out Jefferson.

$-------This loss came to the eventual Class B State

Champion---Washington-Wilkes.

^^^--- Last game that Jefferson wore solid red

helmets with no striping nor number.

---- (1966) was the only year for solid red helmets.

***--- Jefferson has worn red helmets of some

variation for 45 years -- (1966-2010)

&------The Dragons were shut out five times and

four in a row at one point in the season.

. ------- 4 games were decided by 7 points or less: (1-2-1)

--Source of most games in 1966 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No scoring plays of over 50 yards were listed in this newspaper for 1966.

##------Source of Morgan County game is www.ghsfha.org , -todd holcomb

11A

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1967 (8-1-1) ++ (4B) Area 2 2nd

S. Reg. H(1-1-0), A(3-0-0) (4-1-0)

H(3-1-0),A(5-0-1)

We They

A25 Fri, White County 38 0 *, ###, ^, $

S1 Fri, No. Habersham 25 0 $$

S8 Fri, Toccoa 14 0 *

S15 Fri, Greene County . 12 7 #

S22 Fri, Commerce . 7 6 ^^

S29 Fri, OPEN

O6 Fri, Morgan County . 6 0 #, $$$

O13 Fri, Lovett . 0 0 ###, ^^^

O20 Fri, Harlem 20 0 *#

O27 Fri, Wash-Wilkes 7 39 *#, ##, ####

N3 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. 38 19 #, $$$$

*-------- Home Game

#-------- Sub-Region game, ###------- Region game

++---- Jefferson recorded a school record SIX SHUTOUTS.

in a ten game schedule and the six were shutouts

in the first eight games played.

^------ Jefferson first wore Red Helmets with a middle White stripe and

a number on each side -- (1967-1978, (1982-1990). This format

was again used for one year in 1996. It was adopted once

more in 2002 through 2007. This helmet format has been

used for a total of 28 years by Jefferson until the 2008 season.

$------ Jack Kesler had 4 TD runs on the night.

$$---- Jack Kesler had a 75-yard touchdown run.

^^---- Led by halfback Jack Kesler, Jefferson rallied from a (6-0) deficit,

as Kesler scored on a 3-yard TD run and added the PAT kick

in the second half for the victory which began a (5) game

winning streak over the Tigers for Jefferson through 1971.

David Little’s block of the Tiger PAT kick in the second

quarter was the deciding factor in this one point game.

This is the first Jefferson victory at the new Commerce

Tiger Stadium which was built and first used in 1965.

$$$--- QB Gene Thurmond had a 1-yard TD run in the 4Q to eek

out a victory away from a looming tie game.

^^^-- Friday the 13th record, (5-0-1)

##---- Jefferson lost its opportunity to be region champs

and go to the playoffs with this loss to WW.

####--This loss to WW ended the Dragons’ nine game unbeaten

streak which extended back to the tenth game of 1966.

This loss came to the eventual Class B State Champion --- Washington-Wilkes.

This is one of the best Jefferson teams not to make the playoffs.

$$$$--Gene Thurmond threw a 73-yard TD pass to Pat Williamson.

. -------- 4 games were decided by 7 points or less: (3-0-1)

--Source of all games in 1967 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards were listed in this newspaper for 1967.

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1968 (6-2-2) ** (7B) 5th

Reg. H(3-1-0), A(1-1-1) (4-2-1)

H(4-1-0), A(2-1-2)

We They

S13 Fri, Oconee County 39 13 *#, $, %

S20 Fri, Lovett . 7 7 $$

S27 Fri, Greene County . 2 7 *#

O4 Fri, Commerce 20 6 *, ^

O11 Fri, Morgan County . 6 12 #

O18 Fri, Putnam County 39 14 *#, $$$, ^^

O25 Fri, Hepzibah 27 6 *#, $$$$

N21 Fri, Harlem . 0 0 #

N8 Fri, Wash-Wilkes . 21 14 #, $$$$$

N15 Fri, Franklin County . 20 14

*-------- Home Game, #------- Sub-Region game

**---- This was the last season that Jefferson played in Class (B).

Jefferson went (4-0-1) in their last five games in 1968 which

was a catalyst for the very successful (8-0-0) start in 1969.

$------ RB Jack Kesler had 4TD’s and 3 PAT’s.

Kesler had a 55-yard TD on a punt return,

a 58-yard touchdown run and also an

82-yard touchdown on a kickoff return.

%----- Friday the 13th record, (6-0-1)

$$----- Kesler had a 66-yard touchdown run.

^------ Jefferson easily won this Commerce game with a terrific

swarming defense led by linebacker Mike Beatty.

Commerce scored first to lead (6-0) at the end of

the first quarter.

Jefferson’s first score came in the second quarter

when HB Jack Kesler ran for a touchdown from

4 yards out. The successful PAT gave the

Dragons a halftime lead of (7-6).

David Little later scored on a one-yard run, and in the

4Q Jack Kesler again scored on a 3-yard run, as the

Dragons continued their dominance of Commerce.

^^---- Jefferson began a school record 13 game unbeaten streak.

$$$----Kesler had a 64-yard touchdown run.

$$$$-- Kesler had a 75-yard TD on a punt return.

$$$$$-David Little had a 55-yard TD run; Jefferson was down

(14-7) in the second half, before they made two

touchdowns in a great rally for the win.

. -------- 6 games were decided by 7 points or less: (2-2-2)

--Source of all games in 1968 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1968.

12A

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1969 (9-1-0) ** (7B) 2nd

Reg. H(2-1-0), A(4-0-0) (6-1-0)

H(4-1-0),A(5-0-0)

We They

S12 Fri, Oconee County 40 0 #, $

S19 Fri, Lovett . 7 6 *, $$

S26 Fri, Greene County 26 14 #, $$$

O3 Fri, Commerce 19 0 ^

O10 Fri, Morgan County 35 14 *#, @

O17 Fri, Putnam County 28 6 #, $$$$

O24 Fri, Hepzibah . 16 12 #, +

O31 Fri, Harlem 18 6 *#, ++

N7 Fri, Wash-Wilkes 7 35 *#, ^^, ^^^

N14 Fri, Franklin County . 20 16 *, +++

*-------------- Home Game, #---------- Sub-Region game

$---------- Mike Beatty had a 54-yard touchdown run.

$$--------- Jefferson made a 4Q rally for the victory on a 1-yard

TD pass from QB Steve Ekard to RB Johnny Spence.

$$$------- QB Jimmy Lofton had a 55-yard touchdown run.

**--------- This was the first year that the GHSA allowed the two-point

conversion to be used in Georgia HS football games. (1969)

^---------- Jefferson overwhelmed Commerce in this shutout;

defense again was the name of the game for

Coach Jim Lofton’s Dragons along with a

solid offensive rushing and passing attack.

HB Johnny Spence scored first on a 49-yard run

giving the Dragons a (7-0) halftime lead.

In the 3Q quarterback Jimmy Lofton threw a TD pass

of 11 yards to Spence, and in the 4Q Lofton lofted his second

touchdown strike, this time 64 yards to end Billy Elder.

@--------- Steve Ekard threw a 72-yard TD pass to Morris Bryan.

$$$$------ QB Jimmy Lofton was the first Dragon to score a two-point

conversion for Jefferson in this game versus Morgan Co.

+---------- First time that Jefferson scored two two-point conversions

in a game, both on passes thrown by QB Jimmy Lofton.

++-------- Halloween, (2-1-0)

^^-------- Jefferson lost its opportunity to be region champs

and go to the playoffs with this loss to WW.

---This is one of the best Jefferson teams not to make the playoffs.

^^^------ This loss ended a Jefferson school record 13-GAME

UNBEATEN STREAK dating back to the sixth game of

1968; this loss also ended Jefferson’s longest win streak

of 10 games dating back to the ninth game of 1968.

+++------- Jefferson held a (20-0) lead going into the 4th period, and the

Dragon defense held on to win (20-16) after a late Lion rally.

. -------------- 3 games were decided by 8 points or less: (3-0-0)

--Source of all games in 1969 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1969.

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1970 (7-3-1) ** (6A) East Sub-Region Champion

S. Reg. H(3-0-0), A(1-0-0) (4-0-0)

H(4-0-0), A(3-3-1)

We They

S11 Fri, Madison County 14 0 *

S18 Fri, Winder-Barrow 28 8 +

S25 Fri, Franklin County . 20 26 ++

O2 Fri, North Hall 51 0 *#, +++

O9 Fri, Elbert County . 27 27 ++++

O16 Fri, Murray County(1). 14 6 ###

O23 Fri, White County 33 0 *#

O30 Fri, Commerce 14 0 *#, ^

N6 Fri, South Hall 21 35

N13 Fri, East Hall 14 0 #, ##

N20 Fri, Murray County(2). 6 14 ###, &, $

*-------------- Home Game, &----------- Playoff game

#-------------- Sub-Region game, ###--------- Region game

**--------- This was the first season that Jefferson played in Class A.

+---------- Larry Moon had a 61-yard touchdown run.

++-------- Jimmy Lofton threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Bill Elder.

+++------ Larry Moon had a 50-yard TD run.

++++----- This is the highest scoring TIE GAME in Jefferson football history.

Jefferson was down at one point in the game (21-0).

The Dragons rallied and scored the tying TD in the 4Q,

but the PAT kick was missed leaving a (27-27) tie game.

This was the BIGGEST DEFICIT Jefferson has ever OVERCOME.

^---------- The Jefferson defense controlled this muddy game, as the

Dragons shut out Commerce. Both Jefferson scores came

early in the first quarter on their first two possessions.

After a successful opening drive, tailback Johnny Spence

scored for the Dragons on a 10-yard run.

Later, after a Tiger fumble deep in Commerce territory,

HB Bobby Gooch scored on a short run. Two Spence PAT

kicks gave the Dragons an early (14-0) lead that stood up

for the rest of the game. Tackles--Rodney Wages and Alex

Bryan led the Dragon defensive and offensive lines.

Frankie Bray was one heck of a JHS linebacker (1970-71).

Spence’s superb punting kept the Tigers bottled up in their

own territory in the Jefferson mud for much of the evening.

However, it did not rain during the contest even though the field

was a quagmire from the steady rains earlier in the week.

##--------- Friday the 13th record, (5-0-1), SUB-REGION TITLE

$------------ Murray County avenged an early season loss to Jefferson reversing the earlier

meeting score, as they defeated the Dragons in this region championship game.

. ------------- 4 games were decided by 8 points or less: (1-2-1)

--Source of all games in 1970 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1970.

13A

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

(6A) East Sub-Region Champion

1971 (9-3-0) (6A) Region Champion

S. Reg. H(1-0-0), A(3-0-0) (4-0-0)

H(5-3-0),A(4-0-0)

We They

S10 Fri, Madison County 48 21 +

S17 Fri, Winder-Barrow 28 0 *

S24 Fri, Franklin County . 21 14 *

O1 Fri, North Hall 41 13 #, ++

O8 Fri, Elbert County 6 28 *

O15 Fri, Murray County(1) 35 13 *, ###, +++

O22 Fri, White County 21 6 #

O29 Fri, Commerce 33 6 #, ^

N5 Fri, South Hall . 13 17 *

N12 Fri, East Hall 35 21 *, #, ++++

N19 Fri, Murray County(2). 20 17 *, ###, &, ^^

N26 Fri, Roswell 7 23 *, &

*-------------- Home Game, ###-------- Region game

#-------------- Sub-Region game, &---------- Playoff Game

+---------- Bobby Gooch had a 70-yard kickoff return TD, Lofton had a

55-yard TD run and threw a 51-yard TD pass to Mike Adams.

++--------- Gooch had an 80-yd. TD run; M. Adams had 70-yd. TD punt ret.

+++------- Gooch had TD’s on a 96-yard KO return and an 80-yard punt ret.

^-----------QB Jimmy Lofton led the Dragon attack, as Jefferson

dismantled the Tigers. The Dragon offense was run with

expert precision, and the Jefferson WIN STREAK over Commerce

bulged to FIVE games which is the Dragons’ longest in the series.

FB Dennis Marlowe scored first for the Dragons with a 10-yard

run. QB Jimmy Lofton added an 11-yard scamper for a (14-0)

halftime lead. Bray, Wages and Bryan led the linemen.

In the second half, Lofton passed a 34-yard TD to Mike Adams,

followed by a 3-yard TD run by HB Bobby Gooch. The

Dragon scoring was later climaxed by another Dennis Marlowe

touchdown run of 16 yards, as the Dragons walloped Commerce.

++++----- Gooch’s final TD of the season came on a 2-yard run which

gave him a total of 20 touchdowns for the season.

^^---------The Jefferson-Murray County game ended in a (17-17) tie,

but Jefferson received all three tie breaker points to win on

penetration after having been down (14-0) in the first half,

and Jefferson won its FIRST REGION TITLE.

This was the first Jefferson football playoff victory after having

lost in their first three playoff games --- (1950, 1954, 1970).

. ------------- 3 games were decided by 8 points or less: (2-1-0)

--Source of all games in 1971 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1971.

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1972 (7-3-0) (8A) East 4th

S. Reg. H(2-2-0), A(3-1-0) (5-3-0)

H(3-2-0), A(4-1-0)

We They

S1 Fri, Oconee County 26 7 #

S8 Fri, Madison County . 20 12 *, +

S15 Fri, North Hall 30 13 *#

S22 Fri, Lumpkin County 37 0 *#

S29 Fri, Winder-Barrow 14 3 ++

O6 Fri, Pickens County 12 0 #

O13 Fri, East Hall . 13 16 #, +++, ##

O20 Fri, White County . 13 17 *#

O27 Fri, Rabun County . 15 14 #, ++++

N3 Fri, Commerce 14 42 *#, ^

*------- Home Game

#------- Sub-Region game

+------- Stephen Bryan threw a pass to Dennis Law for a 95-yard

touchdown. This is the LONGEST KNOWN TD PASS

play in Dragon football history.

++----- Freddie Tolbert had a 76-yard TD run.

+++--- Stephen Bryan had a 60-yard punt.

##------ Friday the 13th record, (6-1-1)

++++-- In the mud at Rabun County, the Dragons led by one point

late in the 4Q. After scoring a TD, the Wildcats went

for the two-point conversion and the win but failed, and

Jefferson was able to hang on for the one point victory.

^------- Commerce scored (23) unanswered points in the fourth

period to blow open a (19 which had been a nail biter through three quarters.

-14) Tiger lead in a game

RB Mike Nabors’ two-yard run in the second period

cut the Tiger lead to (13-7), and in the third quarter

RB Mike Adams’ seven-yard scamper closed the gap

with the Tigers to (19-14).

The Dragons gained their next possession at the

Commerce four following a bad Tiger punt snap.

However, a Tiger goal line stand from that point

squelched the last major Dragon scoring threat

just before the disastrous fourth quarter started.

Jefferson’s 5-game winning streak over the

Commerce Tigers came to an end.

. --------- 4 games were decided by 8 points or less: (2-2-0)

--Source of all games in 1972 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1972.

14A

Jefferson Records ***

Coach Jim Lofton

1973 (9-1-0) (8A) East 2nd

S. Reg. H(4-0-0), A(3-1-0) (7-1-0)

H(5-0-0),A(4-1-0)

We They

A31 Fri, Oconee County . 21 14 *#

S7 Fri, Madison County 29 15

S14 Fri, North Hall 27 7 #

S21 Fri, Lumpkin County 17 0 #, +

S28 Fri, Winder-Barrow 39 6 *, ++

O5 Fri, Pickens County 28 12 *#

O12 Fri, East Hall . 12 8 *#, $

O19 Fri, White County . 25 20 #, +++

O26 Fri, Rabun County 41 14 *#, ++++

N2 Fri, Commerce 3 28 #, ^

*---------- Home Game, #---------- Sub-Region game

+---------- Freddie Tolbert had a 60-yard punt return for a TD.

++-------- Stephen Bryan had a 63-yard interception return for

for a TD; Freddie Tolbert had an 83-yard kickoff return

for a touchdown. Andy Wilkes had a 30-yard field goal.

$---------- Jefferson scored a TD in the 4Q to rally for the victory.

+++-------Andy Wilkes’ had a 34-yard field goal.

++++-----Tolbert had a 50-yard touchdown run.

^---------- Jefferson was undefeated at (9-0) when the Commerce

game was played; Commerce was also undefeated

at (8-0) in this contest.

Jefferson lost its opportunity to be sub-region

champion with this loss to Commerce.

The Tigers scored early when on the very first play from

scrimmage in the first quarter, the Commerce defense

recovered a Dragon fumble at the Jefferson one-yard line

to set up an immediate (7-0) advantage for the Tigers.

Andy Wilkes’ 37-yard field goal which cut the Tiger lead

at the half to (14-3) was the only score for the Dragons.

This field goal is tied for first (along with one in 1980),

as the LONGEST known FIELD GOAL in Dragon history.

Jefferson’s nine game winning streak dating back to

the first game of the season ended with this loss.

---This is one of the best Jefferson teams not to make the playoffs.

. ---------- 3 games were decided by 8 points or less: (3-0-0)

--Source of all games in 1973 is The Jackson Herald on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library

***-------This is the last year that The Jackson Herald is on microfilm at the Commerce Public Library.

***-------There are NO newspaper microfilm at the Jefferson Public Library for The Jackson Herald

or The Commerce News for any year concerning research for Jefferson f ootball.

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1973.

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Lofton

1974 (9-2-0) (8A) East Sub-Region Champion

S. Reg. H(2-0-0), A(4-0-0) (6-0-0)

H(3-1-0), A(6-1-0)

We They

A29 Thu, Oglethorpe Co. 39 18

S6 Fri, Madison County 21 7 *

S13 Fri, North Gwinnett 31 7 #, ##

S20 Fri, Cent. Gwinnett . 21 14 *#

S27 Fri, Oconee County 27 0 #

O4 Fri, OPEN

O11 Fri, East Hall 28 0 #

O18 Fri, Winder-Barrow 6 25 *

O25 Fri, Rabun County 28 6 #

N1 Fri, Commerce 22 7 *#, ^

N8 Fri, Banks County 34 0

N15 Fri, Cartersville . 12 19 ###, &, $

*--------- Home Game

#--------- Sub-Region game, ###------- Region game

##-------- Friday the 13th record, (7-1-1)

^--------- Jefferson rallied from a (7-0) halftime deficit for the

victory over Commerce in this sub-region tilt.

The Dragon defense was awesome in the second half,

while the Jefferson offense got into a scoring

rhythm in its march to victory.

The first Dragon score came when HB Tores Cox

scored on a 5-yard run. The PAT was unusual in that

QB Freddie Tolbert gathered in a high PAT snap from

center, scrambled to his right and hit Dewey Johnson

for the conversion giving Jefferson an (8-7) lead.

Later, a 16-yard TD run by QB Tolbert and his

34-yard TD bomb to Jimmy Bailey blew open the

game and broke the Tigers’ back enabling the

Dragons to win another SUB-REGION TITLE.

&-------- Playoff game; The Dragons lost this region championship

game at Cartersville in a very close and hard fought

contest with the Hurricanes.

$--------- Last Jefferson game for Coach Jim Lofton

His record at Jefferson was (70-28-6) – (1965-74),

104 games including four playoff games

. ------------ 2 games were decided by 8 points or less: (1-1-0)

--Source of all games in 1974 is- www.ghsfha.org , -todd holcomb

This is the first year that microfilm on The Jackson Herald is NOT in the

Commerce Public Library. There are NO microfilm on The Jackson Herald

in the Commerce Public Library for any year following 1973.

No scoring plays of over 50 yards are known for 1974.

--There are NO newspaper microfilm for any newspaper in the Jefferson Public Library.

15A

Jefferson Records

Coach Jim Stoudenmire

(8A) East Sub Region Champion

1975 (10-3-1) **, *** (8A) Region Champion

S. Reg. H(4-0-0), A(1-0-1) (5-0-1)

H(8-2-0),A(2-1-1)

We They

A29 Fri, Oglethorpe Co. . 6 14 *, +

S5 Fri, Madison County 0 27

S12 Fri, North Gwinnett 42 0 *#

S19 Fri, Cent. Gwinnett . 7 7 #

S26 Fri, Oconee County 20 7 *#

O3 Fri, OPEN

O10 Fri, East Hall . 8 7 *#

O17 Fri, Winder-Barrow 26 7

O24 Fri, Rabun County 34 0 *#

O31 Fri, Commerce . 14 12 #, ^, $

N7 Fri, Banks County 25 0 *

N14 Fri, OPEN

N21 Fri, Cartersville 21 12 *###, &, ^^

N28 Fri, East Atlanta 28 6 *, &

D5 Fri, Putnam County 28 0 *, &

D13 Sat, Irwin County 13 39 *, &&

*----------- Home Game, &--------- Playoff game

#---------- Sub-Region game, ###------- Region game

**------- The Dragons played ten of their fourteen games at home

during the 1975 season.

+-------- First Jefferson game for Coach Jim Stoudenmire

^-------- All (26) points of this classic game were scored in the first half.

On the last play of the 1st half, Commerce scored the final

touchdown of the game but missed on the tying two-point

conversion run which fell just shy of the goal line, as Jefferson

held on to win this sub-region contest which was a great example

of this very intense intra-county rivalry.

QB Eddie Brookshire’s 52-yard touchdown run and a 73-yard

offensive fumble recovery and advance for a TD by running

back Rick Conner vaulted Jefferson into a (14-6) lead from

which Commerce didn’t recover. Jefferson scored the (2nd & 3rd

TD’s of the game) - Total Offense Yds.--Jefferson-318, Commerce-180

$-------- Halloween record, (3-1-0)

^^------ Jefferson won its second REGION TITLE with this

win over Cartersville.

&&---- Jefferson lost this state championship game to Irwin Co.,

and their 11-game unbeaten streak dating back to the

third game of the season came to an end with this loss.

. -------------- 4 games were decided by 8 points or less: (2-1-1)

***----- #42, Rufus Sims jersey was retired later during the school year.

--Source of all regular season games in 1975 is The Commerce News on microfilm at Commerce Public Library

No other scoring plays of over 50 yards were listed in this newspaper for 1975.

--Source of all playoff games iswww.ghsfha.org

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