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Who’da thunk it?
At the start of this year’s football season, who would have thought that Jefferson Forest would rack up an eye-popping record of 8-1?
“These guys did,” answered JF Head Coach Don Rice, giving a sweeping arm gesture that encompassed his charges.
The Cavs were in the midst of celebrating their latest accomplishment, a convincing 34-14 win over Heritage.
The victory locked down the #2 seed in Region III’s Division 4 for a team that finished second from the bottom last year. That team finished up with a final record of 2-8.
That was then. This is now.
The Cavs took care of business on the soggy turf of City Stadium, ringing up 34 points on a Pioneer defense that had yielded a total of 22 points in its previous four Seminole District tilts (against Liberty, Amherst, Rustburg and Brookville).
Heck, JF quarterback Marcus Jones surpassed that total, all by himself. Correction, Jones and a host of blocking Cavs surpassed that total.
The rambling quarterback posted the Cavs’ first four touchdowns against Heritage.
Jones first drew blood when he zipped home on a 51-yard sprint. He exploited a huge chasm ripped open by JF linemen Cody Gehman and Colby Tomlinson.
Jones then capped off a 52-yard drive with a four-yard dive to paydirt. He set the table himself, with a 20-yard completion to a diving Ryan Gingrich at the four.
Heritage came back to make it interesting.
Behind replacement quarterback David Cardwell (in for the injured Javontae Parrish), the ‘Neers drove 70 yards, with Shaquille Ingram scoring on a five-yard sweep around right end.
The 14-6 edge held into halftime. The Cavs, though, almost immediately put up some insurance. On the Pioneers’ first play of the second half, they fumbled. JF recovered and Rice went with the jumbo package. Behind a backfield including Michael Yost (310 pounds), Chad Pinigis (205) and Alex Bennett (210), Jones found plenty of space, peeling off three big runs, including one for a touchdown on the 29-yard drive.
The Pioneers made it interesting as Cardwell pieced together a 13-play scoring drive to make it 21-14. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Jones scooted around right end on the option and delay play, picking up fifty yards and the score.
Tyler Fowler added the final score. Following that play, with just seconds remaining, the lads engaged in some pushing, and the refs called it a night. There would be no PAT try for JF’s Dylan Sims.