JEFFERSON stayed atop the region standings convincingly.
With sole possession of first place in 8-AA, the Dragon football team easily dispatched another challenger, beating Oglethorpe County 43-0 Friday at Memorial Stadium.
“We won the game, and I’m glad we won the game,” Jefferson coach T. McFerrin said. “We came out with no injuries and took care of business.”
The Dragons (6-1) scored 17 points in the second quarter and led 30-0 at the half to win their sixth consecutive game.
In moving to 4-0 in the region, Jefferson topped the 40-point mark for the third time in four games and finished with 486 yards.
The Dragons demonstrated good balance running for 212 yards and throwing for 274 on just 34 snaps.
“We played really well on offense,” McFerrin said. “I was very pleased with our offense.”
McKay Dickens produced a career night with 118 yards receiving and a touchdown on four catches. Sammy Williams enjoyed another solid night at tailback, running for 99 yards and a touchdown. Tristen Jackson (16 yards on five carries) and Antonio Strickland (37 yards on five carries) both scored twice.
Bryant Shirreffs threw just nine passes, completing eight of them for 184 yards and a touchdown. Younger brother Evan Shirreffs completed all three of his passes for 90 yards.
Chandler Schlutow also kicked a 38-yard field goal as Jefferson won its fourth region game this season by at least 30 points. The Dragons were able to take advantage of another large second-half lead.
“We got some guys in the fourth quarter that needed to play some,” McFerrin said. “That was good.”
The offensive line also graded out well, with McFerrin pointing to the efforts of Ethan Hix and Eli Griffin.
“They probably graded out higher than anybody on the offensive line,” McFerrin said. “So I was pleased with that.”
Defensively, Jefferson recorded its second shutout in its last three games.
Wesley Simonton led the Jefferson defense with 14 tackles and a tackle for loss. Kody McDonald finished with 13 tackles. Tradd Porter intercepted a pass for the Dragons.
Jefferson has surrendered just seven points over its last 12 quarters.
With the victory, the Dragons moved to 3-0 at home.