Jefferson County rides defense to win over Evans

Jefferson County 17, Evans 3

LOUISVILLE, Ga. — Backed up close to its own goal line again, Evans was looking ahead at a dominant defense and a 99-yard gap to a touchdown.


But the Knights went backward – again.

The Jefferson County defense posted two safeties and held Evans to less than 130 yards of offense in a 17-3 win Friday night. With the win, the Warriors, ranked No. 6 in Class AAA, move to 4-0.

“We lean on them,” Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold said about his defense. “The defense is the deal.”

With players like Daylan Williams making tackles behind the line of scrimmage, the Warriors’ defense kept making stops. Jefferson County recorded its two safeties about two minutes apart in the fourth quarter.

The strength of the defense helped mask problems on offense, where Jefferson County had turnover issues close to Evans’ end zone. They also had more than 100 penalty yards.

The Warriors came up empty on four drives inside the Knights’ 20, blowing a second-and-goal from the 1, missing two field goals and losing a fumble.

Jefferson County lost three fumbles in the game, with one giving Evans the ball back in the final minute.

The Knights thought they had a chance for a defensive score on the turnover, but the play was negated on a penalty during the return.

Jefferson County, which saw quarterback Will Jordan suffer a leg injury during the second half, controlled a quick-moving first half, holding Evans to less than 70 yards while also doing enough on offense to open up a two-score cushion.

The Warriors’ defense kept the lead safe on a clutch stand inside its 10. After a long kickoff return, the Knights (2-1) couldn’t get closer than the 5 and had to settle for a short field goal to get on the board.

Jefferson County got its first lead after it was intercepted on fourth-and-long in Evans territory. The Knights fumbled on the ensuing return to gift-wrap a short touchdown drive capped off by a Car’Tabius Quarterman run. Quarterman later scored on a 1-yard surge to make it 13-3 at the half. He was one of three Warriors to pick up at least 59 yards on the ground.

“We didn’t execute. And they were flying to the ball,” Evans coach Marty Jackson said about Jefferson County’s defense.


PLAY OF THE GAME: From a play starting at his 5, Evans quarterback Matlin Marshall was taken down by a swarming Jefferson County defense, which got its first of two safeties in the fourth quarter.

STAR OF THE GAME: The Jefferson County defense allowed only three points, which was possible only because of a long kick return.

WHY JEFFERSON COUNTY WON: The defense ruled the game.

WHY EVANS LOST: The Knights couldn’t move the ball.

NEXT: Warner Robins at Evans, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Jefferson County at Wesleyan, 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Evans 3 0 0 0 – 3

Jefferson County 7 6 0 4 – 17

First Quarter

JC–Car’Tabius Quarterman 8 run (Seth O’Steen kick), 3:25

E–Larry Beauchamp 27 FG, 0:44

Second Quarter

JC–Quarterman 1 run (kick failed), 3:20

Fourth Quarter

JC–Matlin Marshall tackled in end zone for safety, 11:10

JC–Hold in end zone for safety, 9:04

First Downs1113
Passing Yards78106


RUSHING: E-Stephon Jacobs 6-20, Ronnie Graham 9-14, Malik Vandiver 1-12, Matlin Marshall 10-(-2); JC-Kobe Jackson 11-66, Quarterman 14-66, Will Jordan 10-59, Don Farmer 5-21, Tron Usry 4-7, TEAM 1-(-16)

PASSING: E-Marshall 7-19-2 78; JC-Jordan 4-10-1 70, Jackson 1-1-0 40, Usry 3-3-0 -4.

RECEIVING: E-Joacinto Grimes 3-33, Tyler Spence 2-19, Justin Jackson 1-17, K’lon Lovett 1-9; JC-Jawaun McCall 3-91, D.J. Mills 1-12, Quarterman 3-3.



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