DANDRIDGE — Shajai Jackson needed all of 28 seconds.
That’s how long it took for Maury to break the scoreless tie with Lincoln Heights as the Hornets kept their undefeated season intact with a 40-6 victory on Tuesday night.
Jackson accounted for four of Maury’s five touchdowns as the Hornets (4-0 Middle Eight) busted out of the gate with 24 points in the first quarter and 16 in the second for a 40-0 halftime lead.
Speaking of busting out of the gate, Jackson busted loose on a 70-yard touchdown run for a quick 8-0 lead and later made it 16-0 from a yard out. Jackson found the end zone from 17 yards and 14 yards in the second quarter, the latter coming with just 3 seconds on the first half clock as Maury converted its fifth 2-point conversion for a 40-point halftime lead — allowing the second-half clock to run continuously via mercy rule.
Carson Hopson was responsible for Maury’s third touchdown, scoring from 15 yards for a 24-0 lead in the final minute of the first quarter, and the Hornets amassed 238 yards and 9 first downs in the first half alone.
Mason Dellinger and Jacob Miller each pulled down 1 interception on defense, both of which set up Maury scores.
Lincoln Heights (2-2) did get on the board late as Kyan Almonte intercepted a Maury pass at the Patriots’ 10-yard line.
R.J. Lawson, taking on a much larger role due to injuries, then dashed 90 yards to the end zone for a Patriots touchdown.
Josh Jarnigan and Jalen McCullough led the Patriots’ defense with 4 tackles apiece.
The Hornets visit White Pine in a battle of unbeaten teams next week, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. while Lincoln Heights returns to Burke-Toney Stadium as the visiting team against East Ridge at 7 p.m.
Rutledge 16, East Ridge 6
RUTLEDGE — Dawson Fowler wasn’t going to be denied.
With Fowler’s rushing effort leading the way, Rutledge tasted victory for the first time this season with a 16-6 triumph over East Ridge on Tuesday night.
Fowler ran for 204 yards and scored both touchdowns for the Pioneers (1-3 Middle Eight), who held firm on defense in the red zone in the final two minutes. Owen Kitts broke up what would have been a go-ahead touchdown pass, and Rutledge stopped the Bears (0-4) short on fourth down.
It was then that Fowler erased all doubt as he dashed 85 yards to the end zone, giving Rutledge a 10-point cushion after another successful 2-point conversion.
Brody Wells and Marcus Ervin found pay dirt one time apiece on 2-point attempts.
TayShaun Blanton kept East Ridge alive with his 37-yard touchdown scamper.
Jay Harrison also grabbed a 60-yard reception from Carter Gilliam, who connected with Will Hemminger 3 times for 25 yards through the air.
Rutledge hosts Jefferson Middle at 6 p.m. next week with East Ridge returning to Burke-Toney Stadium to entertain Lincoln Heights at 7 p.m.