Tigers advance past Seminary

Published 11:00 am Monday, November 7, 2022

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FAYETTE — The Jefferson County High School Tigers showed no mercy on Seminary High School last Friday night as they routed the Bulldogs 42-6 in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs.

Jefferson County, the Region 7-3A No. 1 seed, jumped out to a 22-0 lead at halftime. Seminary, the Region 8-3A No. 4 seed, scored a rushing touchdown early in the third quarter to make a 22-6 game, but the Tigers responded as quarterback Jabari Watson threw a pair of touchdown passes to give them a 36-6 lead.

“It was a big win. We played together collectively as a unit,” Tigers head coach Roderick Holmes said. “Our offense was moving like a well-greased machine. We only punted the ball one time. Defense played lights out. That’s the kind of defense we played all season. It’s been tenacious.

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As for Watson’s performance, Holmes said, “Our quarterback had an excellent game. He was a technician with the ball.”

Seminary finished its season with a 2-8 overall record.

Jefferson County (8-2) will next play at Magee High School next Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round. The Region 6-3A No. 3 seed Trojans upset Region 5-3A No. 2 seed Enterprise Clarke High School on the road 13-7.

“We’re going to do what we’ve done all season. Break down film. On Monday we’ll nurse any injuries. And we’ll prepare for four hard days of practice,” Holmes said.