Patriots, Cougars come up empty in losses

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — The first quarter had only minutes left before it ended. Millbrook already had three touchdowns in its game against Jefferson. After halftime, the Pioneers scored another three touchdowns in the third quarter alone.

In all, the once-beaten Pioneers had eight touchdowns before the mandatory fourth quarter was played . . . and they eventually left Jefferson High was a 55-6 win over the Cougars.

Millbrook had been doused in an opening loss to Tuscarora (Va.) and then defeated Broadway by two touchdowns. Jefferson had been involved in a 52-7 loss at Woodgrove and then had beaten Mountain Ridge (Md.) by a 40-12 count to even its record.

Jefferson receiver Darrod Doleman gets yardage against Millbrook

Mistakes and an inability to ever disrupt Millbrook’s offense helped ruin the Cougars in their bout with Millbrook. And then Millbrook generally controlled Jefferson’s offense, yielding only a 65-yard touchdown pass from Andrew King to Geoff Walker in finishing with its seven-touchdown margin of victory.

A poor snap when the Cougars tried to punt on their first possession led directly to a 7-0 lead for the Pioneers. It wasn’t long before Millbrook quarterback Justin Neff was involved in his second score when he found Taylor James with a 13-yard pass.

Millbrook’s successful onside kick was made into a 35-yard scoring march after Justin Anderson had a ground-covering 27-yard run.

The first period closed with Millbrook holding a 21-0 lead.

T. J. Bruce took an eight-yard pass from Neff for one of Millbrook’s second-quarter scores. Walker scored for Jefferson and then Neff threw nine yards to James to let the Pioneers leave the field to the Jefferson band at halftime with a 34-6 lead.

Three more touchdowns with its first three possessions of the second half had Millbrook sailing along with a 55-6 cushion. There had been a successful pass completion from punt formation. Rze Culbreath had intercepted King. And another high snap on an attempted punt had been accepted in Jefferson’s end zone for the eighth touchdown in 32 minutes.

Jefferson’s first home date had been soured by the free-scoring Pioneers. This week, Dunbar High from Washington, D. C. gives the Cougars a second home game on Friday at 7 p.m. The Crimson Tide is already 3-0 and unscored upon and has posted wins of 39-0 over McKinley (Washington, D. C.), 28-0 over Oxon Hill, and 34-0 over Options.

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