Jefferson County bites WessonPublished 12:00pm Sunday, October 20, 2013
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FAYETTE – The Jefferson County Bulldogs entertained the Wesson Cobras for their homecoming and gave their football fans a thrilling, action packed game to claim a 50-45 victory over the Cobras.
“I was very pleased with our team’s effort,” said Wesson coach Ronald Greer. “Our guys never gave up and fought to the very end. ”
In the first quarter, the Cobras came out and scored on their first possession when junior Quarterback Tyler Christmas worked the ball down the field for five first downs and punched the ball into the end zone for the first touchdown of the night.
The Tigers answered by moving down the field on their opening drive, but made a mistake of going for it on their fourth down.
The Cobras took over at their own three-yard line, but the play of the night occurred when Christmas rushed the ball all the way to the Tigers’ three yard line. Senior Nick Lewis would punch it into the end zone, and senior kicker C.J. Viramontez was one for two on extra point attempts, bringing the score to 13-0 Cobras at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Tigers fought back by controlling the ball for 6:30 minutes and finally putting some points on the scoreboard when senior “Homecoming King” De’Anthony Blake sprinted 23 yards for a touchdown. Senior Kregory Dorsey cashed the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 13-8.
The Cobras answered the challenge when junior Dartavious Dixon made a great return and was knocked out of bounds on the Tiger 34-yard line. The Cobras lost steam with a quarterback sack and incomplete pass that allowed the Tigers to gain control at the Cobras’ 29-yard line, which resulted in Blake scoring again and raising the score to 13-14 Tigers.
The Cobras rallied to put some more points on the board when junior Farrod Green caught a pass and scored. The Cobras fell short on the two-point conversion attempt, which brought the score to 19-14 Cobras at the half.
The animated Tiger game commentator said over the loudspeaker at the beginning of the second half, “The one with the least mistakes is gonna win this game.” This rang true when the Tigers dominated the second half by scoring five consecutive touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.
Homecoming “King” De’Anthony Blake scored three more touchdowns, bringing his total to an impressive five touchdowns for the night. Dorsey and Junior Quarterback Ikeem Barnes scored touchdown runs of 19 and 50 for the Tigers.
The Cobras fought back with junior Michael Hauer scoring two touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Senior Otis Smith made a two-point conversion, upping the score to 35-50 Tigers.
The Cobras recovered a fumble on the final kickoff to the Tigers, which resulted in Green completing a pass in the end zone. Viramontez made the extra point, bringing the final score to 45-50 Tigers.
Offensively, Christmas directed the Cobras’ attack with 11 rushes for 94 yards and one touchdown. Otis Smith contributed 11 rushes for 59 yards and one two-point conversion. Michael Hauer had eight carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Kendrick Brown led the team with seven tackles. Javoris Smith, Blake Burns and Timothy Craft had six stops apiece.
Dartavious Dixon provided four returns for 105 yards. Eric Rhymes had three returns for 80 yards for the special teams.
The Cobras entertain the Franklin County Bulldogs this Friday night at H.L. Stone stadium in Wesson at 7 p.m.