It’s been quite a few years since Jefferson High School’s football team has been able to boast the success it enjoyed this past season.
After struggling through a 3-6 season last year, the Cougars finally put together that combination of a high-power offense, stubborn defense and impressive special teams which produced a 9-1 regular season record and the No. 6 spot in the WVSSAC’s Class AAA playoffs.
Jefferson turned back Hurricane High School, 31-18, in a first-round playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Shenandoah Junction, which set up a quarterfinal round matchup on the road at No. 3, and unbeaten Bridgeport High School Indians.
The Indians won the game and never trailed, but the Cougars showed they could still put points on the scoreboard and keep the game somewhat within reason.
Bridgeport held a 41-14 halftime lead, but Jefferson wasn’t going to let the Indians turn this one into a laugher. The Cougars put up 35 points on the scoreboard in the second half.
The Indians ended up with a 74-49 win over Jefferson to improve to 12-0 and punched their ticket to a Friday night showdown at Martinsburg High School against the No. 2 Bulldogs. The Cougars end their season at 10-2, their best record since the Cougars’ 8-4 mark in 2016.
Jefferson kept this game’s scores relatively close through most of the first half. After the Indians had taken a 7-0 lead, Jefferson answered when running back Evan Tewell scored on a pitch play from quarterback Sammy Roberts. Oren Humphries’ kick tied the score at 7 after one quarter.
Bridgeport built up its lead to 28-7 before Roberts hooked up with wideout Isaiah Fritts on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Roberts would hit wideout Spencer Powell with a third-quarter touchdown pass, cutting the Indians’ lead to 41-21.
Throughout the regular season, the Cougars put up some impressive scoring numbers. Jefferson scored 504 points while giving up 238.
The team’s biggest scoring output this season came on Friday, Oct. 1, when the Cougars routed struggling South Hagerstown High School at Shenandoah Junction, 70-0. Its lowest scoring output came three weeks later at Martinsburg, losing to the Bulldogs, 42-3.
The 74 points Jefferson allowed on Saturday at Bridgeport was the most the Cougars allowed this season in a single game. The Cougars finished the season averaging 42 points a game, allowing 19.8 points per game.
By the numbers, it was a great season for Jefferson High School football, after a few years of struggling.
THE HIGH SCHOOL baseball season is still about three months away, but three Jefferson High School seniors are already thinking about continuing their baseball careers in college.
Griffin Horowicz, Connor Bailey and Jarrett Day recently signed national letters of intent to play college baseball, beginning next fall.
Horowicz signed with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Bailey is headed to Fairmont State University. Day will attend nearby Frederick Community College.
All three players helped lead the Cougars to another Class AAA, Region II championship last year, under the watchful eye of longtime Jefferson coach John Lowery.
By signing a letter of intent, a student agrees to attend the institution listed on the document for one year, in exchange for athletics financial aid for one academic year.