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August 26, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Devils’ quick strike offense is back

Fields pleased after Bulldogs’ 28-0 win over Providence

JEFFERSONVILLE — Quick trips to the snack bar or restroom may not be advised this season when watching the Jeffersonville football team.

If there’s two things the Red Devils proved last Friday in their season opener against visiting Evansville Bosse, it’s that they can score a lot and they can score in a hurry.

Jeff’s 60-48 win over the Bulldogs featured nine scoring drives by the Devils. Five of those came in four plays or less. Twice Jeff scored on its first play of a possession and another on its second.

“I think we can score anytime from anywhere on that field,” Jeff coach Lonnie Oldham said. “Any play is a potential to score with the weapons and the speed we have.”

The Red Devils did manage one long, sustained march to the end zone in the third quarter, when senior running back Austin Hines capped an 11-play drive with the fifth of his six touchdowns. To put into perspective Jeff’s quick-strike ability, the Devils required 10 total plays — or one less than the aforementioned drive — to score four of their first five touchdowns.

Jeff’s first offensive touchdown came four plays into the season on a 27-yard run by Hines (it’s probably safe to say a theme is building). The Devils’ second touchdown of the year came on their fifth play, when sophomore quarterback Jamal Britt connected with senior wide receiver Damin Smith from 40 yards out.

Three possessions later, Hines took a handoff on the second play and raced 56 yards to paydirt, giving Jeff the lead for good. In addition to Hines, Red Devil junior running back Isiah Mack ripped off a 61-yard touchdown run on the first play of a drive in the third quarter.

There are things Jeff must improve on: penalties and a penchant for giving up the big play on pass defense stood out in the opener. But there’s no denying the Devils know where the end zone is and can find it in an instant.

— Adam Pruiett

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