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NHS defeats Jefferson County 41-14

FAYETTE — Javon Washington didn’t have to put in his best performance to lead his team to a win Friday night.

Good was good enough.

Washington didn’t have the big throws that he’s used to having against Jefferson County, but he was still efficient. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 141 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, leading the Bulldogs to a 41-14 win.

“Overall, there were some things we did well. But we still have some work to do,” Natchez High head coach Lance Reed said. “Javon was taking what was given to him. He had a good night. Trevon Chatman had a good night receiving.”

Chatman had six catches for 67 yards, including a five-yard touchdown reception. Another player who had a breakout game for Natchez High was Kevin Bailey, who had 10 carries for 81 yards and three touchdowns.

Natchez High had a very balanced offensive attack. In addition to Washington’s 141 yards passing, the Bulldogs racked up 156 yards on the ground, making it almost impossible for Jefferson County to key on just one player.

Larry Chatman had a four-yard touchdown run and Derrian Johnson had a nine-yard touchdown run for NHS.

Jefferson County scored on a touchdown and two-point conversion in the second quarter and added a touchdown in the third quarter to make it a 27-14 game. But Natchez High responded with 14 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Natchez High (1-0) plays host to Wilkinson County in the Wildcats’ season opener next Friday at 7:30 p.m. Jefferson County (0-1) is off next Friday before it hits the road to take on Port Gibson on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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