The Jefferson High School Dragons used a 35-point second quarter to run away with a decisive 42-14 win against the Dawson County Tigers Friday night.
Jefferson moved to a perfect 3-0 while the Tigers, after winning the first game of the season against Pickens, dropped to 1-2. The team lost to Gilmer County in overtime last week.
Jefferson dominated the first half of play. The team gained 356 total yards on offense and scored six touchdowns.
Dragons quarterback Bryant Shirreffs had a huge half. He connected on 12 for 15 passes, for 168 yards and a touchdown. Shirreffs also added a rushing touchdown.
Offensively the Tigers just couldn't establish anything offensively. The Dragons defense limited Dawson to only 56 total yards in the first half.
Senior Dragons running back Drequn Sewell scored three times on eight carries and 49 yards in the first half.
"They were on tonight," said Tigers head coach Jeff Lee. "Coach McFerrin's got a good football team."
Jefferson capped a 14-play first quarter drive when Shirreffs scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to get the Dragons on the scoreboard first. The extra point was good and gave Jefferson a 7-0 lead.
The Dragons scored five touchdowns in the second quarter to take advantage of mistakes by Dawson.
Sewell scored on a 4-play, 35-yard drive with 11:02 left on a 23-yard scamper to give Jefferson a 14-0 advantage.
Jefferson scored again after a fumble recovery. Sewell took the third play from scrimmage to score his second touchdown and give Jefferson a 21-0 lead with 10:14 to go before halftime.
The Tigers finally picked up a first down with 9:31 left in the second. The drive stalled after two incomplete passes and a sack of Dawson quarterback Tyler Dominy.
Jefferson didn't waste much time scoring again. The Dragons added another touchdown on a 34-yard running play to put them ahead 28-0.
Jefferson added two more scores before halftime to take a commanding 42-0 lead into the break.
Jefferson played much of its second team on offense and defense in the second half.
Dawson County finally got on the scoreboard on a Dominy to Chris Sayler touchdown pass from 22-yards out with 7:29 left in the third quarter. The extra point by Max Muldoon was good and made the score 42-7.
Lee's team mounted an impressive drive in the final quarter.
Completions by Dominy to Sayler, Bruce Clark and Will Anglin moved the ball down to the Dragons 5-yard line. On first and goal from the five, fullback Zack Martin went untouched into the end zone. With the extra point from Muldoon the score was 42-14 with 3:09 left.
Dominy finished the game 16 of 27 with 149 yards and a touchdown and an interception on the evening. Martin, junior, had 46 yards rushing.
The Tigers will travel to Chestatee High School in Gainesville this Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Jefferson will host its first sub region game of the season against Hart County.