The Aquinas Fighting Irish used a bend-but-don't-break defense to roll over the Glascock County Panthers 42-7 Friday night.
"The only positive is that we kept them from shutting us out," said Glascock County coach John Bowen. "We drove the ball in spots, we just didn't finish it off. They're a better ball team than us, but if we had executed better it could've been a lot more respectable."
It was the Aquinas defense that broke the Panthers' back. When Glascock County posed their biggest threat of the first half, Lamon Coleman made the game's biggest play returning an interception 99 yards down the sideline. It came with 22 seconds left in the half and made the score 28-0.
"The defensive line did a great job of pressuring the quarterback," Coleman said, "and he threw one up for grabs and I just went up and got it. It felt great -- I did that one for my grandma who's having a hard time.
The Panthers never quit and were able to make the score 42-7 with less than a minute remaining in the game on a Kyle Downs 3-yard run.
"They've had a great year and coach bowen and that staff's done a hell of a job," Jackson said. "I know he's down, but they've done a great job."