FLOYDS KNOBS —
JEFF “D” CAN’T BE OVERLOOKED
In its season opener, the Jeffersonville football team needed the 60 points it registered to outlast Evansville Bosse.
But the 61 points it hung on Seymour, the 60 on Bedford North Lawrence and the most recent 34 in a convincing win Friday at Madison all came with quite a bit of padding. The lopsided victories didn’t come about just because the Red Devils possess a potent offense — the defense has been just as dominant the past three weeks.
The latter unit could largely be patted on the back for the triumph over the Cubs. Senior running back Austin Hines had another banner evening — the second of his three touchdowns moved him past Edward Wright-Baker as Jeff’s all-time leader for rushing TDs in a career — and sophomore quarterback Jamal Britt had multiple connections with his pass catchers for significant gains.
However, it was the Devil “D” that was most impressive on this night.
Jeff stacked the box against the run-happy Cubs and basically built a wall lining the line of scrimmage that Madison rarely cracked.
Running back Mitchell Sandlin, who had 100 yards in each of the Cubs’ first three games, ended up with 117 yards rushing, but he needed a whopping 33 carries to do it. The Devils set the tone by limiting the Cubs to 3 total yards on their first three possessions.
On the rare occasion when the Cubs did throw, they were largely ineffective. Quarterback Kody Boles went 1-for-5 for 16 yards.
Jeff’s calling card is its explosive offense. However, a defense that has allowed a mere 18 points combined over its past three games is proving that it can’t be ignored.
— Adam Pruiett
TURNOVERS KILL PIONEERS
After a shutout in Week 3 against Holy Cross, Providence’s defense was stellar in the first half of a 41-21 loss at Indian Creek last Friday.
The Pioneers trailed 12-0 at the half, but one interception had set up the Braves at the Providence 15. The second score came on a halfback pass.
“We were down 12-0 at halftime and we felt pretty good. We played fairly well,” Providence coach Larry Denison said.
With a touchdown drive to open the second half, the Pioneers could have pulled to within five points. Instead, Indian Creek intercepted another pass and returning it for a score.
“Now, we’re looking at 20-0 and it’s a whole different scenario there,” Denison said. “We had to try to throw the ball to get back in the game and threw another interception. You can’t be turning the ball over, especially against good teams like Indian Creek.”