Roughriders come up short against Jefferson, 33-14
JEFFERSON — From the opening drive to the final whistle, Friday night’s Center vs. Bulldogs matchup was a one-sided affair with the Dawgs coming out on top, 33-14.
The road loss evens up Center’s season record to 1-1 in non-district action. The Roughriders are on the road again next week in Gladewater.
Gladewater defeated Atlanta 37-20 Friday night.
Jefferson took the opening kickoff and scored with 8:54 left in the first quarter on a 32-yard run by Dawgs’ Kylan Thomas. The PAT was good giving Jefferson an early 7-0 lead.
Center never would be in the lead position. Thomas came back with about 3 minutes left in the first period on 4-yard run to put Jefferson on top, 14-0 with a good point after kick.
One of the bright spots of the game for Center came on a Roughriders second quarter drive that was capped with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Jayden Hicks with 6:46 left in the half. The PAT was good as Center got on the scoreboard, 7-14.
After taking that 14-7 lead into halftime, Jefferson came back in the third quarter to score with about 9 minutes left in the period when T.Q. Jackson evaded Center defenders on a 65-yard punt return.
The point after attempt missed, giving Jefferson a 20-7 lead, which they held onto as the third quarter wound down.
The Dawgs started the final quarter with another score when Thomas hit pay dirt on a 20-yard run. Followed by a good PAT, Jefferson took a 27-7 lead with still much of the quarter to play.
Center sparked what looked like it could have been a rally with about seven minutes left in the game when Hicks connected with Katavious Evans on a 9-yard pass. With the PAT, Center narrowed the gap to 27-14.
But that would be the end to Center’s getting on the scoreboard. But the Bulldogs were not quite finished.
With about five minutes left in the game Jefferson sealed the win with a 33-yard run by Dee Black. The point after was good giving the Dawgs a 33-14 advantage.
But Jefferson was not quite done with their scoring threat. With 2:01 left in the game Jefferson was in a fourth down situation deep in Roughrider territory when they failed to convert and turned the ball over to Center.
The Riders were unable to capitalize on the possession with the final score of 33-14 on the board when the final whistle blew.
This was the second week in a row the Roughrider defense gave up more than 500 yards. Unofficial stats put Friday's Jefferson total offensive yards at 528 while the previous week Tatum's offense moved the ball for 545 yards.
Leading the offense for Jefferson was quarterback Thomas who threw for 106 yards, connecting on 9-of-14 pass attempts. He added another 201 yards rushing on 18 carries.
When Thomas wasn't dominating ball control for Jefferson, Black rolled up 155 yards rushing on 19 carries.