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JEFF ENDS LOSING STREAK WITH BIG PLAYS, WITHOUT HINES
A four-game losing streak seemed on the verge of ballooning to five for the Jeffersonville football team on Friday night against visiting Jennings County.
Hope was restored on a big play that resulted in a touchdown. Then came another to set up a second score and place momentum firmly on the side of the Devils. A third big play followed to trigger another TD as Jeff started to run away with the game. The Devils officially did when they executed a fourth big play.
Even without injured star running back Austin Hines and despite a month-long skid, Jeff is more than capable of making explosive plays on offense, as the Devils proved late in their 33-7 win over the Panthers in their regular season and Hoosier Hills Conference finale.
What was particularly satisfying Friday for the Devils (5-4) was the aforementioned big plays all came from different sources. Tailback Shawn Rouson got Jeff untracked — both this game and this season — when he kept his balance on a would-be tackle by Jennings County and scooted 80 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.
Tight end Dionte Allen then set up his own touchdown run with a 24-yard catch from quarterback Jamal Britt. An Allen TD reception came one play after Britt spotted wide receiver Chris Campbell over the middle for 40 yards.
Finally, Britt flipped to tight end Dalton Adkins on a screen pass. With blockers in front of him, Adkins chugged down the right sideline 26 yards to the end zone.
Jeff had other big plays erased due to penalty — most notably a 74-yard touchdown run on a reverse by wide receiver Isaiah Blanton — but the yellow flags didn’t come out of the officials’ pockets on the big gains that piled up to produce a blowout.
Jeff is back in the win column. The Devils can stay there in the postseason with similarly shrewd efforts on defense and the penalty-flag-free execution of big plays on offense.
— Adam Pruiett