Cougars stay alive

[cleeng_content id="897957133" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Another win needed this week vs. Patriots

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — And now the final game of the season means something.

When Jefferson held off Hedgesville, winning 30-22, it kept the Cougars alive in the chase for a Class AAA state playoff berth.

Jefferson’s Lawrence Morris brings down a Hedgesville runner in last week’s Cougars win. Next up: the Patriots.

Jefferson’s Lawrence Morris brings down a Hedgesville runner in last week’s Cougars win. Next up: the Patriots.

With a 5-4 overall record, the Cougars will need a long list of fortunate happenings for them to claim a place in the 16-team playoffs that begin with first-round games on Nov. 15.

The eight-point win over the Eagles brought a stronger and brighter spotlight to this Friday’s Jefferson at Washington season finale.

Jefferson has to win that game to have any chance of grabbing a brass playoff ring. And if they do win, then other teams ahead of them in the scramble for the last few playoff spots have to lose.

All the conjecture and possiblities concern the future.

The realities of beating Hedgesville came on Senior Night that was made even more special by the last home game also being Homecoming.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Cougars began adding burgundy and gold spice to the Homecoming/Senior Night festivities with a pair of touchdown passes from Andrew King.

Jefferson’s first points came on a scoring throw of 17 yards to Christian Johnson. And that was followed by a King-to-Isaac Myers touchdown strike of 38 yards.

After a short scoring pass from the Eagles gave them seven points, Jefferson’s Hunter Colbert was true with his field goal try from 24 yards, giving the Cougars a 17-7 lead by halftime.

An Eagle defender grabs the shirt of a Jefferson ball carrier. The Cougars improved to 5-4 with a 30-22 win last week. Jefferson needs to beat Washington Friday in order to possibly reach the playoffs.

An Eagle defender grabs the shirt of a Jefferson ball carrier. The Cougars
improved to 5-4 with a 30-22 win last week. Jefferson needs to beat
Washington Friday in order to possibly reach the playoffs.

The only scoring in the third period came from the Eagles, who closed to within three points at 17-14 on a short plunge from Levi Holman. A blocked Jefferson punt gave the Eagles the field position to score.

Early in the last quarter, Jefferson gave the old grads and the relatives of the many seniors more to celebrate when King’s third TD pass found the waiting arms of Hunter Cantrell and Myers placed his second score in the books with his 36-yard run.

In a space of about six minutes, the Jefferson lead had blossomed to 30-14 and the fading clock had only 3:03 left to play.

Even with another score, the Eagles couldn’t overcome their five turnovers that included four lost fumbles to the opportunistic Jefferson defense. Will Ransom also picked off a Hedgesville pass that led to Colbert’s first-half field goal.

Jefferson lost four turnovers itself, but its 414 yards of total offense were enough to win the night … and keep alive the mathematical chances of getting to the playoffs.

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