Jefferson makes Miners pay for their turnovers

[cleeng_content id="241265405" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — In advancing its early season record to 2-0, Jefferson made visiting Mountain Ridge pay when the Miners had first-half turnovers.

The Cougars scored three times in the first half after Mountain Ridge turnovers and then finalized a 28-6 win with a last touchdown that saw a drive kept in motion by a roughing the kicker penalty.

A.J. Pierson scores one of Jefferson’s four touchdowns in last week’s 28-6 win over Mountain Ridge that made the Cougars 2-0.

A.J. Pierson scores one of Jefferson’s four touchdowns in last week’s 28-6 win over Mountain Ridge that made the Cougars 2-0.

Jefferson’s scoring began in the second quarter when quarterback Andrew King hooked up with Christian Johnson on an 11-yard scoring pass. That drive went 51 yards after the Miners lost a fumble. It was a 14-0 Cougars’ lead when Jefferson recovered a third lost fumble by the Miners. A.J. Pierson’s 16-yard run completed the scoring march.

With about three minutes left in the first half, Martinez Grant grabbed a 5-yard touchdown pass from King that gave the Cougars a 21-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, Jefferson’s Jalon Smith was standing in punt formation. Smith was roughed by an all-out Miner rush and the 15-yard penalty resulted in a Jefferson first down. Moving an additional 48 yards after the penalty was assessed, the Cougars were up, 28-0, when King scored from in close.

A bit of trickery resulted in Mountain Ridge’s only points. From punt formation, the Miners faked a punt and instead had Rashawn Johnson slip past the Cougar defense for a 45-yard score that took seven points off the lead and made it 28-6.

Two late-game interceptions of Mountain Ridge passes by the Cougars kept the formidible lead at 22 points.

Hampshire will provide the Cougars with an unbeaten (2-0) opponent after the Trojans have opened with wins over Preston and Elkins. It will be Jefferson’s first road game and game time is 7 p.m. in Romney at Rannells Field.

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