JEFFERSON — Ground and pound with a brick wall of defense was the formula for the Jefferson Dragons on Friday night.
Jefferson (3-0, 0-0) used 114 rushing yards by Colby Wood and 52 yards by Darrien Hill along with a defense that only surrendered 49 total yards to beat North Hall (0-1,0-0), 35-0.
“I’m proud of the way we came out to win,” said Jefferson head coach Ben Hall.
The defense had to change gears from previous games to adjust to the Trojans’ wing-T offense.
“You can’t say enough about the defense to stop an offense that we haven’t seen in a while,” Hall said.
The Dragons opened the game with a with a seven-minute drive which ended in a 3-yard pass from Bryce Moore to Joseph Randolph.
After a quick three-and-out on defense, Jefferson made the first mistake of the game when Moore threw a pass which was picked off at the 1-yard line and returned to the 30.
Another three-and-out gave the Dragons the ball at their own 47-yard line and they quickly made their way to the 11 with a pass from Moore to Chaz Evans. Two plays later, Wood found the end zone on a 6-yard run.
After a pair of stops on defense, the Dragons kept the Trojans from getting a first down in the entire first half. The offense ended the half with one last scoring drive and a 2-yard run by Hill to increase the lead to 21-0.
Wood opened up the second half with an emphatic 49-yard run to the end zone to give the Dragons a 28-0 lead.
Before Hall pulled the starters, Hill added another touchdown to set the final score at 35-0 with a 1-yard run. The Dragons benefited from 60 penalty yards on that drive, including 45 on one play from three personal foul calls.
Moore ended the game with a six pass completions on 13 attempts with 119 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Seventeen of North Hall’s 49 total yards came from Kyle Bacus, 14 came from Colby Miller. The Trojans ended the game with 15 total penalties
“I don’t know what to say when it comes to penalties, I don’t care if it’s a good team or bad team, you aren’t going to beat anyone with that many flags,” North Hall head coach David Bishop said.
“Our biggest problem right now is that we have a new offense and we are struggling to execute it. We’ve had to do some things with the quarterbacks until we get our starter back, the backups have done a good job but we’ve got to execute our basic stuff.”