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A RECORD DAY OF ITS OWN
The Jeff offense also continued to compile points and yardage at an impressive rate in scoring a Blair Field-record 62 points in a 27-point win over New Albany last Friday. That included a 49-point first half in which four different Red Devils scored.
Jeff (7-3) finished with 543 yards and 28 first downs on 84 offensive plays to just 41 for the Bulldogs.
“We have really five kids who can do something with the ball, and that doesn’t include the quarterback,” Jeff coach Lonnie Oldham said.
Although its offense and special teams bear some responsibility, Jeff has given up 123 points in the last three games after surrendering just 116 through the first seven weeks.
“Friday night was uncharacteristic. We made two big mistakes,” Oldham said of a blown assignment in the defensive backfield and a coaching gamble that resulted in a big touchdown run for the Bulldogs. “I thought we played pretty well defensively overall. The defense has been a little concerning of late, but I think we will come around.”
Clarksville (6-4) earned its third shutout of the season and its second in three weeks in a 32-0 win over Eastern in last Friday’s Class 2A Sectional 31 opener.
“Our defense played outstanding,” Cooley said. “We executed the game plan. You want to be playing your best football come playoff time. Right now, we are. Our best game is ahead of us.”
Cooley said the recent insertion of three players — sophomores Devin Grooms, Wyatt Kissel and Nick Jones — has helped make the General D formidable.
“The last couple of weeks, we are starting some good young kids,” Cooley said. “They kind of give us a spark on defense that takes us to another level.”
Led by Christian Brown’s 318 yards, the Generals rushed for more than 400 yards against the Musketeers. Clarksville has been forced to go to the ground game because of an ankle injury suffered by quarterback Aidan McEwen about a month ago.
Now that McEwen’s near full health, Cooley should have several options for his offense.
“We’ve been very careful with him the last two weeks,” Cooley said of McEwen. “This will be the first week where he’s practiced all week in a while. He’s 100 percent now.”