Jefferson scored a late fourth-quarter touchdown to beat Cairo 17-13 in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAA playoffs Friday in Cairo.
With the win, the fourth-ranked Dragons (12-1) advance to face No. 2 Thomson in the state semifinals on Dec. 2. Game location will be determined by a coin flip.
During the regular season, Jefferson lost to Thomson (13-0) 42-20 on Sept. 2. The Dragons last won a state championship as a Class AA program in 2012.