It was heartbreak for the Jefferson County football team on Friday night against Hardin Valley.
The Patriots and Hawks came into the contest both looking for their first win of the season. After a scoreless first half, it seemed for much of the second half that Hardin Valley would be the team coming out on top.
However, that quickly changed in the blink of an eye.
With 3:31 left in the game, the Patriots blocked a Hardin Valley punt and Jace Dobbins recovered it for a touchdown. But, before Jeff County could even celebrate, their conversion failed leaving the game at 14-13 in favor of the Hawks.
The Patriots had one last chance but fumbled and Hardin Valley recovered.
Jefferson County totaled 219 yards in the game as opposed to Hardin Valley’s 182. Patriots running back Ayden Houston led the charge with 139 rushing yards and a touchdown. Houston became the 25th Patriot in school history to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark in a season.
Defensively, Colin Young led the tteam with 6.5 tackles and had an interception.
The teams were scoreless after the first half, but the Hawks hit quick to start the second, returning the opening kick to the house. Hardin Valley then scored against late in the third quarter to make it 14-0.
Normally a team that has struggled when hit in the mouth this year, Jefferson County responded as Houston took one 14 yards into the end zone.
Hardin Valley had just 17 passing yards in the game and did most of their damage on the ground 165 rushing yards.
Both teams were hampered by penalties throughout the game. Jefferson County had 14 penalties while Hardin Valley had 10.
The Patriots will be off next Friday night before finishing their season in two weeks at home against Farragut. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Cocke County pummeled by Daniel Boone
After showing some fight against Tennessee High just a week ago the Cocke County Fighting Cocks found themselves in trouble facing Daniel Boone on the road.
The Fighting Cocks were unable to put together a successful drive leaving them empty on the scoreboard. Daniel Boone had no problem finding its way to the end zone by scoring in each quarter en route to the 59-0 victory.
The Trail Blazers of Boone entered three scores in the first quarter with two rushing scores beginning the night.
From then, Boone capitalized from Cocke County’s turnovers to put the game out of reach.
After one passing touchdown from quarterback Jason Jenkins to Daniel Matherly for a 21-0 advantage, it was the ground attack that did the rest of the work.
The 279 combined yards from the ground attack by Boone put the game out of reach.
The Trail Blazers had a total of seven rushing touchdowns in the game with Blair adding a pair of rushing scores with his passing touchdown.
Cocke County will look to bounce back facing a red hot Cole Henson and the Morristown East Hurricanes in next Friday’s Region 1-5A matchup.
LCA struggles against Grace Baptist
The schedule for the Lakeway Christian Academy Lions remained empty for two weeks due to COVID-19 issues. As they finally hit the gridiron on Friday night, the struggles for the first-year program continued.
LCA invited Grace Baptist out of Chattanooga for a game at Lakeway Stadium on Friday. Unfortunately, the Lions struggled to make the stops on defense to keep the score in reach for their offense after the 41-14 defeat.
Grace Baptist’s 41 points were all scored in the first half leaving LCA in a hurry for points in the second half.
The Lions fought but could never get over the hump as they only put together one score in the second half. The only score before that was in the second quarter for the Lions.
Grace Baptist punched 13 points on the board in the first quarter and followed it with a 28-point second quarter to put the Lions in a hole.
The final two quarters saw a running clock up until LCA’s last score.
The LIons invite Green Hill out of Mt. Juliet to Lakeway Stadium next Friday at 7 p.m. for their homecoming game.