|Wildcats open scrimmage season impressively|
|Monday, August 19, 2013 12:08 AM|
BATH TOWNSHIP — Jefferson opened its football scrimmage season in impressive fashion Saturday morning, mauling Bath with an up-tempo offense and a swarming defense.
Senior quarterback threw touchdown passes to seniors Joe Gorman, Ross Thompson and Zavier Buzard, while junior Jordan McCann and sophomore Dalton Hicks ran for scores for the varsity.
Gorman added four successful extra points.
The defense gave up one score in the later parts of the scrimmage on a 2-yard run.
After practicing unrushed extra points and field goals, Jefferson’s offense took the field for a full 15-minute quarter (with a running clock).
Running off 35-plus plays with their new hurry-up offense, the Wildcats scored three touchdowns: Gorman caught a 10-yard toss from Jettinghoff at 12:19; Thompson nabbed a 35-yard scoring aerial from Jettinghoff at 9:51; and Jettinghoff found Buzard for a 25-yarder at 6:10.
When Bath’s offense had its turn in the second quarter, the Jeffcat ‘D’ kept them out of the end zone, only allowing the home team to get to their 4.
When the Jefferson offense had its turn in the third period, McCann ran it in from 3 yards out at 5:27 and Hicks tacked on a 1-yarder at 1:20.
The Bath first-team offense avoided being goose-egged by finally scoring at 1:05 and converted the point-after.
“We liked what we saw from both sides. We want to push the tempo offensively,” Jefferson coach Bub Lindeman said. “We have a quarterback in Austin who has the experience and maturity to run this offense and make good decisions. We have good skill people around him and we wanted to see what they could do. We made good adjustments to their adjustments. I was most pleased with our offensive line; that was my biggest concern coming in and they got better as the scrimmage wore on.”
With the junior varsity taking over, neither team scored in its first series of 10 plays.
Jefferson scored three times on its second possession: a 67-yard run by Trevor Dudgeon, a 65-yarder by Aaron Parkins and a 5-yard pass from Jace Stockwell to Damien Dudgeon.
“Defensively, we ran to the football. That is our focus; to get more people to the football,” Lindeman added. “You could see how much our team speed has improved; we have a lot of guys that can run. I also liked our intensity; we played hard the entire way.”
Jefferson hosts defending Division VI champion Marion Local 6:30 p.m. Friday.