Posted: Saturday, November 3rd 2012 at 1:58am
Dragons clinch first 8-AA title since 2009
By staff reports
JEFFERSON – Jefferson clinched its first Region 8-AA title since 2009 Friday with a 35-7 win over Riverside Military Academy at Memorial Stadium.
It is the second region title in four years under coach T. McFerrin, who said this is one of the more improbable championship teams he has coached.
“We had so many new starters and then we just flat got beat by Commerce in the first game I wasn’t really sure how good we would be,” McFerrin said. “But the North Hall game [a 27-21 upset of the-then Class AAA seventh-ranked Trojans in the third game of the season] was the catalyst. That really gave us some confidence and the kids have gotten better each week.”
The Dragons (8-1, 6-0 in region) used a big first quarter to grab the lead and then shut out the Riverside offense over the final three quarters.
Jefferson quarterback Bryant Shirreffs had another big game passing for 186 yards with two touchdowns and rushing for another 81 with one touchdown to lead the Dragons attack. McKay Dickens caught five passes for 66 yards and one touchdown and Tristen Jackson added 65 yards rushing with two scores for Jefferson.
Elijah Holifield had Riverside’s lone score on a 77-yard run in the first quarter.
The Dragons will finish the season at home next week against Union County before heading to the playoffs with homefield advantage for as long as they are alive.
“It feels good to win the region and we’re really glad we will get to play at home in the playoffs,” McFerrin said. “That means a lot.”
The Dragons are 3-0 at home in 2012 outscoring their opponents 102-6 with two shutouts.
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