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Jefferson High School 2010 Football Schedule

Aug. 27, At Commerce   17 - 14  ( 1 - 0 )
Sept. 3, At North Hall   21 - 24  ( 1 - 1 )
Sept. 10, Dawson County  35 - 14  ( 2 - 1 )
Sept. 17, At Hart County  17 - 27  ( 2 - 2 )
Oct. 1, At North Oconee  22 - 35  ( 2 - 3 )
Oct. 8, Oglethorpe County  34 - 7  ( 3 - 3 )  
Oct. 15, At Elbert County  7 - 51  ( 3 - 4 )
Oct. 22, Jackson County  42 - 21 ( 4 - 4 )
Oct. 29, East Jackson  49 - 15 ( 5 - 4 )
Nov. 5, East Hall  49 - 0  ( 6 - 4 )



The 2010 Jefferson Dragon Football season Comments and Results 

Preview: Jefferson at Commerce

Athens Banner-Herald

Published Friday, August 27, 2010

► When and where: 8 p.m. tonight at Tiger Stadium

► Last year's records: Jefferson (11-1), Commerce (7-5)

► Key players: Jefferson - RB/LB Chris Jackson (Sr., 5-foot-11, 185 pounds),TE/DE Hoytes Damons (Sr., 6-3, 240), LB/OT Kyle Mosley (Sr., 6-3, 240), DE/FB Zach Allen (Sr., 6-1, 230). Commerce - QB Cody Streetman (Jr., 6-foot-1, 205 pounds), OG/LB Tyler Adams (Sr., 5-11, 195), WR. Anthony Norris (Sr., 6-3, 190), CB/HB Jessie Savage (Sr., 5-9, 150).

► The inside slant: Tonight's game marks the 63rd time Commerce and Jefferson have faced off, making it one of the longest-running rivalries in Georgia. Commerce holds a 39-18-5 advantage over the Dragons in the series, but the Dragons have won the last three contests. Last year, Jefferson beat the Tigers 30-13 for the program's second three-peat over its rival. ... Jefferson has not lost a regular-season game since a 28-6 loss to Athens Academy on Nov. 9, 2007. The Dragons have finished each of the last two regular seasons with a 10-0 record but their playoff runs ended in the second round each season. ... The Dragons lost running back Lucas Redd and Darius Minor, who combined for more than 2,500-yards of offense last year. ... Commerce has reached the playoffs every year since 1997. Last year, the Tigers' season ended with a second-round loss to Darlington, 28-14. ... The Tigers' biggest loss in the offseason was graduated running back Deon Brock, who finished 2009 with 1,679 yards and 22 touchdowns. But Commerce does return last year's starting QB, Cody Streetman, who scored 14 combined TDs last season.


The Game - Jefferson at Commerce


Jefferson 17, Commerce 14

Allen's block rescues Dragons

Jefferson linebacker Chris Jackson (23) sacks Commerce quarterback Cody Streetman in the first half on Friday.
Allen broke through the middle of the Tigers' line to block a 46-yard field goal with three seconds to play, preserving the Dragons' 17-14 win on Friday night.

"I remember from two years ago, my brother, Patrick Allen, blocked the kick at the Commerce-Jefferson game and I got fussed out for not going on that one," Allen said. "So I just wasn't going to let that happen again."

With barely three minutes left to play, Commerce took over at its own 4-yard line and steadily moved into scoring territory.

Quarterback Cody Streetman led the drive, rushing for 43 of Commerce's 68 yards on the possession. Streetman was the Tigers' workhorse all night, rushing 32 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

With the ball just inside the 30-yard line, Commerce finally decided to attempt the long field goal just before the buzzer when Allen broke through the line and blocked the attempt as time expired.

Commerce essentially dominated the scoreless first half.

The Tigers controlled the ball for 20 of the 24 minutes in the half, but were unable to come away with any points.

Jefferson, however, took the ball in the second half and drove the ball 50 yards, putting three points on the board with an Asher Orr field goal.

On Commerce's first offensive play of the second half, Cain Finch intercepted a Tigers pass at the 45-yard line. After some big plays on delayed draws, Jefferson capitalized on the turnover with an eight-yard touchdown run by Drequn Sewell.

"We made a few adjustments at halftime and thank goodness we finally started moving the ball," Jefferson coach T. McFerrin said. "We didn't have the ball maybe three or four snaps in the first half."

Commerce cut the score to 10-6 after Streetman scored on a 13-yard scamper.

Jefferson scored its final points in the fourth quarter when quarterback Bryant Shirreffs found the end zone on a three-yard touchdown plunge.

"I'm proud of the way we hung in there because they could have folded when things went bad, but they didn't," McFerrin said.

Commerce put six on the board with 5:26 to play when Streetman once again scored, and then added two more points on the two-point conversion.

"I'm very proud of my offense. We didn't know how we were going to be, but they surprised the heck out of me," Streetman said. "Once our backs get more comfortable back there ... we'll be something to handle."

Chris Jackson led the Dragons in rushing with 63 yards, most of it coming in the third quarter.

Shirreffs was 9-for-12 passing for 99 yards.

As proud as Streetman was of his offense, the reality was that it was still a loss against Commerce's biggest rival.

"It's hard. I haven't won a Jefferson game, so it's tough on me," Streetman said. "Still, I'm proud of the whole team."

On the other side of the coin, however, was the Dragons' jubilation.

"It's amazing, especially how close it was," Allen said. "I respect all of them and it came down to the wire and it was just an amazing game."

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, August 28, 2010.


Jefferson - North Hall Preview

► Records: Jefferson (1-0), North Hall (0-0)

► Key players: Jefferson - RB/LB Chris Jackson (Sr., 5-foot-11, 185 pounds),TE/DE Hoytes Damons (Sr., 6-3, 240), LB/OT Kyle Mosley (Sr., 6-3, 240), DE/FB Zach Allen (Sr., 6-1, 230). North Hall - Q...B Kanler Coker (Jr., 6-4, 190), WR/DB C.J. Curry (Jr., 6-2, 190), TE/DE D.J. Miolen (Sr., 6-3, 255).

► The inside slant: The Dragons and Trojans have met eight times before, but tonight's game will be the first between the two teams in over two decades. Jefferson has won seven of the last eight contests. The last game between the two teams came in 1987, with the Dragons winning 29-6. ... Jefferson opened its season last week with a 17-14 win over non-region rival Commerce, the 65th game between the two teams. The Tigers had a chance to tie the game late, but senior Zach Allen blocked a field goal. ... The Dragons have not lost a regular-season game since November of 2007, going 10-0 in the last two seasons. ... Jefferson quarterback Bryant Shirreffs completed 9 of 12 passes for 99 yards. The Dragons' running game was led by Chris Jackson's 63 yards. ... North Hall's bye week came in Week 1, so the Trojans are opening their season this week. Last year, North Hall was 9-3 and went on an eight-game winning streak before losing in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. ... North Hall coach Bob Christmas has 222 career wins and won a state title in Virginia.

... The Trojans starting running back, Imani Cross, is coming off surgery and is not expected to play today.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Friday, September 03, 2010.

Second best team in three years? When our Dragons walk onto the field tonight at North hall, they will undoubtedly be facing the second best team they have seen in the last three years. Only Buford would stand as being better record over a long duration of time.

Since 2001, North Hall has won 76 games and lost only 20. They have made the playoffs four straight years and seven of the last eight.

If I was betting the mortgage, I’d probably have to go with North Hall. Since I’m just picking for fun, I’ll stay with the Dragons. Look for a couple of Asher Orr field goals in a 27 - 20 Jefferson Win.

Jefferson at North Hall

► NORTH HALL 24, JEFFERSON 21: At Gainesville, the Dragons had a dramatic comeback from a 17-0 halftime deficit but came up short, losing their first regular-season game since November 2007.

Drequn Sewell scored Jefferson's first touchdown, running back the second-half kickoff 90 yards. The Dragons' other two scores came from quarteback Bryant Shirreffs, who connected with Cole Givens on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and on a 60-yard scoring strike to Givens in the fourth quarter.

Jefferson (1-1) will host Dawson County at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

North Hall's football program has a quarterback who can throw, receivers who can get open to catch it, and Trojans coach Bob Christmas isn't afraid to let them loose.

Traditionally a run-first offense in the past under Christmas, the Trojans (1-0) moved the ball 94 yards against Jefferson in the final 2:12 of the second quarter and scored on a 22-yard Shane Doster field goal to take a 17-0 lead into halftime Friday at The Brickyard.

North Hall then held on in the second have to win its season opener 24-21, snapping the Dragons' 22-game regular season winning streak that dated back to 2007.

Doster's field goal was key since it ended up being the margin of victory for North Hall. The Trojans weathered a late rally from Jefferson and two touchdown catches by Dragons junior wide receiver Cole Givens.

"That really did end up making the difference," Christmas said. "The thing I was most concerned about coming in was that Jefferson already had a game under its belt, and it was our first game (Friday).

"Our team responded well."

Trailing 14-0, Jefferson was in position to score late in the second quarter after a catch from Joe Boyd for 36 yards down to the 8. However, on the next play when Dragons (1-1) running back Shaquille Maxey carried down to the 1, the ball was ripped loose and Doster recovered for the Trojans.

"That was a big play, but all three of our turnovers were huge," Jefferson coach T. McFerrin said. "We shot ourselves in the foot with the turnovers."

On the scoring drive right before the half, North Hall moved it quickly down the field with passes from junior quarterback Kanler Coker to D.J. Miolen for 20 yards, Randy Olson for a gain of 25, and Darius Curry for 11 yards. Coker passed for 90 yards in the first half and 135 yards on the night. The two-minute offense was a byproduct of being able to mix in the run and pass efficiently.

"The reason it worked so well is that the offensive line was playing great," Coker said. "We feel like we can do a good job mixing up the run and the pass."

"Our offense is flexible enough to let us do what we feel like we do best on offense," Christmas added.

After Jefferson's Drequn Sewell returned the second half opening kickoff 90 yards for a score, narrowing the Trojans' lead to 17-7, North Hall mounted another long scoring drive that started with a 14-yard strike to Miolen, an Air Force verbal commit, and a 12-yard pass to senior Mack VanGorder. The Trojans primarily used short and intermediate passes and nice yardage after the catch all night.

Even with success for North Hall throwing the football, it didn't neglect the running game, which is the staple of the Wing-T offense. After the completion to VanGorder early in the third quarter, he reeled off a run for 13. The drive ended when Amin Aziz scored on a run from the 1 on third and goal.

In the second quarter, North Hall scored 17 points, including a 17-yard scoring run from VanGorder and a 4-yard pass to junior C.J. Curry on a fade route to the corner of the end zone.

With North Hall leading 24-7 late in the third quarter, Jefferson started moving down field behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Bryant Sherriffs. He spread his passes around primarily to Givens (88 yards), Hoytes Damons (67) and Joe Boyd (48). Sherriffs completed his first touchdown pass to Givens on a throw from the 23 with 1:17 remaining in the third quarter. Then early in the fourth, Givens slipped right through coverage wide open for a 61-yard score.

"I'm proud of the way our team responded in the second half," McFerrin said. "Down 17-0 at halftime, they easily could have packed it in, but they kept fighting to the end."

For North Hall, VanGorder led the team rushing with 16 carries for 91 yards and Trevor Holbrooks rushed for 46.

North Hall plays host to St. Pius X, a rematch of last season's second round playoff game, at The Brickyard. Jefferson plays host to Dawson County Friday at Jefferson Memorial.

Dawson County at Jefferson

JEFFERSON, September 10 - Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs completed 11 of 16 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores Friday as Jefferson defeated Dawson County 35-14, rebounding from its first regular-season loss in nearly two years.

The Dragons, whose 24-21 loss to North Hall last week was the first regular-season loss since falling to Athens Academy on Nov. 9, 2007, picked up 351 yards of offense while limiting Dawson County to 229 yards.

Shirreffs threw scoring passes to Cole Givens and Hoytes Damons. Jefferson also scored on a 2-yard run by Chris Jackson.

Nathan Carson led the Dragons in rushing with 81 yards on nine carries.

Jefferson (2-1) will open Region 8-AA play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Hart County.


Jefferson at Hart County 

HARTWELL -- Jefferson 's Bryant Shirreffs scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and Asher Orr added a 35-yard field goal, but Hart County posted a come-from-behind 27-17 victory on Friday.

Playing with three starters out, Jefferson (2-2, 0-1 in Region 8-AA) will be off Friday and will return on Oct. 1 at North Oconee . Hart County (2-1-1, 1-0) host North Oconee on Friday.


Jefferson at North Oconee

October 2, 2010                                

► Records: Jefferson (2-2, 0-1 in Region 8-AA South), North Oconee (4-0, 1-0)

► Key players: Jefferson - RB/LB Chris Jackson (Sr., 5-foot-11, 185 pounds),TE/DE Hoytes Damons (Sr., 6-3, 240), LB/OT Kyle Mosley (Sr., 6-3, 240), DE/FB Zach Allen (Sr., 6-1, 230). North Oconee - RB/DB Lane Thompson (Sr., 5-foot-9, 172 pounds), OL/DL Dillon Prather (Sr., 6-1, 289), K James Pinkerton (Sr., 5-10, 165), LB/TE Zack Sims (Soph., 6-2, 197).

► The inside slant: The Dragons and Titans have met four times prior to tonight's game, with Jefferson winning all four contests. Last year, Jefferson beat the Titans 20-6 for the second time in as many years. In each of the last two seasons, the game between Jefferson and North Oconee, played later in the season, came with major region implications. ... Jefferson is off to its worst start since 2007, when the Dragons went 2-2 through four games and finished the year at 8-4 in the second round of the playoffs. Last week, the Dragons were off following a 27-17 loss to Hart County on Sept. 17 in which they had four starters out due to injury. ... Jefferson is scoring 22.5 points per game but is giving up 19.8 points per game. The Dragons have been held below 20 points twice, splitting those two games. ... North Oconee continued to roll last week, beating Hart County 28-16, the Titans' closest game of the season. Before that game, the Titans had won three straight by a combined score of 132-7. ... North Oconee is scoring 40 points per game while giving up just 5 points per game. ... The Titans rely on a balanced rushing attack but will be without some key players this week due to injury. Fullback Russ Williams is expected to be out another three weeks.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Friday, October 01, 2010


Jefferson Vs. North Oconee

BOGART - Just a day into October, North Oconee already feels like it is in control of Region 8-AA South. Given the caliber of the Titans' last two opponents, it is hard to argue that point.

Richard Hamm
North Oconee’s John Jarrard avoids the reach of Jefferson’s Stephen Chambers to score a touchdown Friday.

Game Report

► Turning point: With his team up by just six points in the fourth quarter, North Oconee’s Lame Thompson returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to give the Titans some breathing room.
► Key stat: North Oconee outrushed Jefferson 255-118 and only punted once.
► Impact: The Titans move to 2-0 in Region 8-AA South to take an early lead, and the Dragons fall to 0-2.

The Titans survived a second-half slugfest on Friday to beat defending region champ Jefferson for the first time in program history, 35-22, at Titan Stadium.

Last week, North Oconee beat Hart County, a team picked by many to win the region.

"We have a chance to continue to steer this bus in this parade," North Oconee coach Terry Tuley said. "There are still some people in the first few floats. But we have to win every game."

Three of the Titans' last four opponents - Commerce, Hart County and Jefferson - are playoff regulars. North Oconee beat each by at least two scores and scored at least 28 points in each game.

"We are feeling really good," senior running back/defensive back Lane Thompson said. "We had a pretty sloppy game defensively, but we are going to get everything worked out. We are feeling like we definitely have a shot this year."

The Titans circled three opponents that they would have to beat to win the top spot in Region 8-AA South - Hart County, Jefferson and Elbert County. They don't play the Blue Devils until the last game of the regular season.

Jefferson is on the other side of the spectrum, still winless in subregion play after going two seasons without a loss in Region 8-AA.

After a first half composed mostly of defense, both teams' offenses started to pick up as they combined for 23 points in the third quarter.

Jefferson recovered a dropped kickoff on North Oconee's 15-yard line and turned it into a 27-yard field goal by Asher Orr. Each team scored touchdown on the next three possessions.

North Oconee used a 55-yard run by Jace Brannon and a 10-yard run by Thompson to distance itself from Jefferson. The Dragons struck with an 8-yard pass from Bryant Shirreffs to Hoytes Damons for their only touchdown of the third quarter.

"You are talking about a good football team that is playing without a few bullets," Tuley said of the Dragons. "Their halftime strategy worked and congratulations to them. I told our offense in the beginning that we can't sit on our hands and expect our defense to pitch a shutout."

Jefferson was able to pull within six points following a 6-yard touchdown run by Shirreffs in the fourth quarter to make the score 26-22.

On the ensuing kickoff, Thompson zigged and zagged his way through the Dragons' special team for a 91-yard touchdown return.

"I wasn't expecting the ball because they had been kicking the ball short and out of bounds," Thompson said. "There were three really good blocks and once I got past that, there were only a few guys I had to make miss."

Thompson capped off his night with a rally-killing interception on the Dragons' last possession. He finished the game with three total touchdowns, two rushing, and 98 yards on 16 carries.

The senior received support from backup running back Jace Brannon, who finished the game with 97 yards and a touchdown on six carries. North Oconee quarterback Blake Gaubert completed 7 of 8 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

"I'm just proud of the way our boys didn't stop fighting," Jefferson coach T. McFerrin said. "They played from behind all night long. (North Oconee) has a fine football team. We just couldn't tackle number 8 (Thompson)."

Jefferson found most of its offensive success through the air. Shirreffs completed 11 of 21 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown, but the sophomore did have three interceptions.

He also led the team in rushing with 44 yards on 15 carries. The Dragons rushed for just 118 yards while North Oconee rushed for 255.

"We are just still making too many mistakes," McFerrin said. "We are containing when we are supposed to contain. We are trying hard, but we have a lot of new guys that are making too many mistakes."

On North Oconee's first touchdown of the game, Thompson took a toss sweep to the left for a 46-yard score. He had to tip-toe the sideline around the 30-yard line and break a pair of tackles while cutting inside to reach the end zone.

Jefferson turned an interception by Kyle Mosley to start the second quarter into its first points of the game. After the turnover, the Dragons completed a seven-play, 54-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown run by Chris Jackson.

The Titans responded to Jefferson's first touchdown of the game with a 14-play, 74-yard drive that took 8 minutes and 5 seconds off the clock.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, October 02, 2010

 Oglethorpe County

October 1, 2010.  - Jefferson quarterback Bryant Shirreffs completed 9 of 16 passes for 173 yards and ran for a 7-yard touchdown Friday as the Dragons snapped a two-game losing streak with a 34-7 victory over winless Oglethorpe County.

Shirreffs found Hoytes Damons open on a 6-yard touchdown pass, but his favorite receiver was Cole Givens, who grabbed four passes for 148 yards, the second consecutive week he had at least 100 reception yards.

Drequn Sewell rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Jackson added 49 rushing yards and one touchdown.

The Dragons (3-3, 1-2 in Region 8-AA South), which rolled up 481 yards of offense, will play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Elbert County. Oglethorpe County (0-6, 0-3), which scored on a 62-yard punt return by Sherman Williams in the third quarter, will host Hart County at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.


Elbert County Blasts Dragons - 51 - 7

October 15, 2010. ELBERTON - It was tough for Jefferson coach T. McFerrin to go back to Elbert County, a place where he coached for seven years and won a state title in 1995.

What made it even tougher was enduring the 51-7 loss to his former team.

"What can you say about that?" McFerrin said. "That was just a good old-fashioned butt-whoop."

It was McFerrin's first time back in the Granite Bowl since he departed there in 1998 and openly said that he never intended to have to play against Elbert County because of the friends he made while there.

Many of those were there after the game to shake the emotional coach's hand.

"This was obviously a great place for me and my career and it was tough coming back," McFerrin said. "Especially when we got beat like that, I wish we could have given them a better game."

The Dragons' (3-4, 1-3 in Region 8-AA South) first few possessions didn't go as planned.

After punting on their first drive, the Dragons got the ball back but quarterback Bryant Shirreffs was hit as he threw the ball, leading to an interception.

After Elbert County's Valdon Cooper scored his second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run, Jefferson got the ball back and attempted to go for it from their own 37-yard line.

They were stopped, however, and the Blue Devils scored on an 11-play, 37-yard drive.

"They've got an outstanding football team. They're really good," McFerrin said.

The Dragons began seeing a little spark on offense early in the second half.

Trailing 28-0, Jefferson running back Chris Jackson carried the team on his back to the end zone.

Jackson carried the ball six times on the drive for 76 yards, the last carry a 28-yard touchdown up the gut to pull Jefferson within sight of the Blue Devils.

But it was short lived as the ensuing kickoff to Elbert County (6-1, 4-0) was scooped up by Davion Shackleford and taken to the end zone for a 64-yard kickoff return.

The Blue Devils would add 2 more touchdowns and a safety in the game to round out the scoring.

Jackson ended the game as the Dragons leader on offense with 16 carries for 93 yards and the lone touchdown. Cooper led the Blue Devils with nine carries for 113 yards and three touchdowns.

A scary moment occurred right as the first half was ending.

As time ran off the clock to end the half, a Blue Devils player was hit a good 2 yards out of bounds.

With such little space on the sidelines in Elbert County, the player was shoved into the Jefferson band's xylophone and into a Jefferson band member.

The band member then hit the granite wall that lines the stadium and was carted off the field and into an ambulance where she was taken to the hospital.

The Elbert County player was a little shaken on the play but was able to get up with no problem. The accident delayed play for about 20 minutes.

Jefferson faces Jackson County at home next week, and McFerrin knows his team has nothing much more to play for than themselves.

"We're just gonna try to win the last three games, that's what we've got left," McFerrin said. "We're gonna play for pride now, there's not much left to play for."Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, October 16, 2010

Game Report

► Turning Point: Jefferson gave up touchdowns on Elbert County’s first three drives, which spelled doom for the Dragons.
► Key Stat: First half total yards offense – Elbert County 184; Jefferson 29
► Impact: Jefferson falls to 1-3 in conference play and looks out of any playoff
contention for good in 2010.

Dragons run past mistake prone Jackson County

JEFFERSON - Five touchdowns, two interceptions and a blocked punt.



► Turning point: Jefferson blocked a Jackson County punt less than a minute into the second quarter. Then the Dragons scored two plays later to lead 21-0.
► Key stat: Jefferson had 13 first downs in the first half compared with three for Jackson County. It showed with a 35-0 lead at halftime.
► Impact: With both teams out of the playoff picture, the only thing on the line was bragging rights, and the Dragons got loads of those with this convincing win.

Jefferson managed to do all of that in the first half, which hardly made the Dragons look like a team that had lost three of its last four games.

But if there was a way to salvage a disappointing season, it's a dominating effort over your arch-rival, which Jefferson enjoyed to the tune of a 42-21 win against Jackson County on Friday at Memorial Stadium.

Coming off back-to-back 10-0 starts, the Dragons' victory turned a sour season into at least a memorable homecoming, their first win over Jackson County in 25 years.

"Heck yeah, my gosh, there's nothing like a win," Jefferson coach T. McFerrin said a week after the Dragons lost to Elbert County 51-7. "I'm proud of our players after last week. That loss was really tough."

The Dragons (4-4, 2-3 Region 8-AA) used a balanced offense that featured 112 all-purpose yards from running back Chris Jackson, who caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score. But quarterback Bryant Shirreffs found four receivers for 169 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Will Puckett for 40 and 51 yards, both down the sideline.

The Panthers (3-5, 1-4), who lost a chance to finish .500 for the first time since 1992, scored in eight plays to start the second half as quarterback Kyle Daniel relieved Jalen Banks. The Panthers only had one drive of more than five plays in the first half.

Coach Billy Kirk said he challenged his players at halftime.

"Our kids did not quit," Kirk said. "I told them, 'Guys it's time to man up, we've played like little boys the last six weeks, and allowed stupid stuff to kill us. You're going to have to look at me at the end of the night and tell me if you played hard or not.' Every single kid that stepped on that field played their butts off."

This game between the two programs, which hadn't met since a 10-6 Jefferson win in 1985, turned into a rout quickly.

The Dragons led by three touchdowns less than two minutes into the second quarter as their defense only allowed the Panthers one first down in the first quarter.

"It's not a rival because they've never played against each other," McFerrin said. "But it is a rival because it's so close."

The Dragons will look to finish undefeated against Jackson County teams next week against East Jackson. The Panthers will play Hart County.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, October 23, 2010


Jefferson and East Jackson County Play for County Marbles 

► When and where: 7:30 p.m. tonight at Memorial Stadium

► Records: East Jackson (3-5, 2-3 in Region 8-AA South), Jefferson (4-4, 2-3)

► Key players: E. Jackson - C Parker Wilson (Sr., 5-foot-11, 230 pounds), QB/DB Cody Gibbs (Sr., 6-2, 170), RB C.J. Allen (Jr., 5-8, 170), RG Tyler Akin (Sr., 6-2, 230). Jefferson - RB/LB Chris Jackson (Sr., 5-foot-11, 185 pounds),TE/DE Hoytes Damons (Sr., 6-3, 240), LB/OT Kyle Mosley (Sr., 6-3, 240), DE/FB Zach Allen (Sr., 6-1, 230).

► The inside slant: The Eagles and Dragons have met in each of the last two seasons with Jefferson winning both contests. Last year, Jefferson and East Jackson met in Week 10, both undefeated, with the Region 8-AA title on the line. The Dragons won at home 35-21. ... East Jackson lost is third straight last week, falling to Elbert County 20-0, getting shutout for the second consecutive game. The Eagles' last three opponents are the top three teams in the subregion. ... In East Jackson's five losses, it scored 14 points or less. In the Eagles' three wins, they scored 29 points or more. ... Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention, ending a 10-year streak of postseason appearances for Jefferson. ... The Dragons beat county rival Jackson County last week 42-21 in the first meeting between the two teams since 1985. Jefferson has not won back-to-back games this season. ... Jefferson is in danger of having its first losing season since going 5-6 in 2005. ... Jefferson's 42 points last week is its highest total of the season. The Dragons were led by quarterback Bryant Shirreffs, who has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and six TDs in his first year under center.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Friday, October 29, 2010

 Jefferson rolls over East Jackson

October 30, 2010.  ► JEFFERSON 49, EAST JACKSON 15: At Jefferson, the Dragons may not be going to the playoffs this season, but they're the undisputed champions of Jackson County, having defeated Commerce, Jackson County and now, East Jackson.

Jefferson (5-4, 3-3 in Region 8-AA South) rolled up 477 yards of offense and posted 24 first downs (20 in the first half), and limited the Eagles (3-6, 2-4) to only 225 total yards.

Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs completed 12 of 19 passes for 222 yards and hit Cole Givens for two touchdowns and Will Puckett for one.

Givens finished with four receptions for 125 yards. Shirreffs also rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown and Zack Allen added a rushing touchdown. The Dragons were led on defense by Wesley Simonton (16 tackles) and defensive ends Allen (13 tackles) and Kyle Moseley (13 tackles).

The Eagles scored on a pass reception from Cody Gibbs to Brion Youngs and Gibbs also tallied a rushing touchdown.

Both Jefferson and East Jackson will close out the regular season on Friday against to-be-determined opponents.

Dragons close out 6 - 4 season with win over East Hall

November 5, 2010 in Jefferson  ► JEFFERSON 49, EAST HALL 0: At Jefferson, the Dragons closed out the season with their third consecutive victory as Chris Jackson had a career night.

Jackson rushed 35 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass from Bryant Sherriffs and recorded 10 tackles.

Jefferson (6 - 4, 4-3 in Region 8-A) also got rushing touchdowns from Drequin Sewell and Isiah Blake, and Cole Givens returned a fumble recovery for a score.

The Dragons rolled up 383 offensive yards and had 18 first downs and limited the Vikings (3-7, 2-4) to 111 rushing yards and minus-7 passing yards. Jefferson was led on defense by Jackson, Kyle Mosley (12 tackles), Wesley Simonton (10 tackles) and Zach Allen (10 tackles).


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