Roughriders come up short in shootout with Jefferson, 51-28
High school football fans looking for some hard-hitting, action packed gridiron play were not disappointed with the level of play Friday night at Center Roughrider Stadium.
But if they were Roughrider fans, they were likely disappointed in the outcome as Center was beaten by the Jefferson Bulldogs, 51-28. Things were tight in the first half with the Bulldogs taking a one touchdown lead into the locker room at halftime, 14-7.
In total yards for the game the stats were not that far off, Jefferson is credited with 504 yards total offense while the Roughriders had 445 yards total offense.
A key part of Jefferson's attack was Kylan Thomas, No. 5, who racked up 191 yards rushing on 16 carries. Close behind was No. 21 for the Bulldogs, Dee Black, who carried 18 times for 174 yards rushing.
For the Roughriders, Keamondre Horace had his second week of 200-plus yards gain in the running game. Horace had 212 yards rushing on 24 carries for an average of 8.8 yards per carry.
Center quarterback Jake Hanson had an exceptional passing game completing 17 of 33 attempts for 217 yards. Hanson had an average of 12.8 yards per pass.
On defense for the Riders both Marques Hall and Jake Liker were in on 9 tackles. Hall tallied 7 solo tackle and was in on 2 assists while Liker had 6 solo tackles and assisted on three tackle.
J. Weathered was in on 5 solo tackles and assisted on 1, and was credited with 6 tackles in the game.
Of Hanson's 17 passes for the Roughriders, Jakerrion Watson, No. 4, had 69 yards on 5 receptions for an average of 13.8 yards per catch. Hall caught 6 passes for 55 yards and an average of 9.2 per reception.
Roughrider Zacc Smith, No. 2, had 3 receptions for 43 yards and an average of 14.3 yards per catch while Jason Calloway, No. 10, pulled down two receptions for 10 yards.
Hall had the longest reception of the night with 40 yards on one catch in the game.
The loss to Jefferson puts the Riders season mark at 1-1 after beating Tatum in Week I of the season. The Riders play host to Gladewater Bears this Friday with a 7:30 p.m. Kickoff.
In Friday night's game, Jefferson got on the scoreboard first at the 3:39 mark of the first quarter when Thomas hit Chris Shepherd for a 29-yard TD.
The Riders came back early in the second quarter when Horace took the ball in from 44 yards out, followed by an Alexis Lopez PAT to tie things up 7-7.
The Bulldogs came back with 5:21 left in the first half when Thomas took the ball in from 21 yards out followed by a good PAT to take a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Jefferson came back at the 8:37 mark in the third period on a 3-yard run by Travon Johnson. That was followed by a failed PAT attempt to give the Bulldogs a 20-7.
A miscue by Center resulted in a fumble which was recovered by Jefferson's Dee Black who was able to score putting Jefferson up 27-7. The Riders came back with 4:43 in the third quarter when Hanson hit Watson on a 12-yard pass.
Then in the fourth quarter things got crazy.
With 10:44 left in the game Jefferson scored on a 1-yard run by Black to put the Bulldogs ahead, 34-21. At the 6:49 mark in the fourth period Horace made another TD, cutting Jefferson's lead to 34-21.
The Bulldogs came back in a big way on the kickoff return following Center's touchdown when Black took the ball from the end zone and ran all the way to the opposite end of the field for a 101-yard TD, putting Jefferson ahead 41-21.
The Roughriders came back on their own at the 5:22 mark when Horace added a touchdown on a 3-yard effort to narrow the gap, 41-28. That gap quickly was expanded by the Bulldogs who capitalized on the first play from scrimmage with Thomas running the ball from 43 yards out to extend Jefferson's lead to 48-28 with 5:01 left in the game.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard one last time on a 37-yard field goal with 23 seconds left on the clock to cinch the game at 51-28.
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