Jefferson County rallies to victory in second half

Published 11:19 pm Friday, October 6, 2023

FAYETTE — After yet another lackluster first half, Jefferson County High School found itself trailing rival Franklin County 8-6 at halftime of the Tigers’ homecoming game against the Bulldogs in an MHSAA Region 7-3A game last Friday night.

However, the Tigers’ woke up about midway through the third quarter and would eventually score 28 consecutive points to rally for a 34-16 win over the Bulldogs to stay undefeated in region play.

Franklin County scored first on a touchdown and two-point conversion to go up 8-0 with 1:32 left in the first quarter, Jefferson County didn’t take long to respond with a touchdown of its own at the 11:53 mark of the second quarter, but the try for two was no good and the Tigers’ offense sputtered the rest of the second half.

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The Tigers took the lead for good with a touchdown to go up 12-8 with 4:23 to go in the third quarter. They added another touchdown with just 47 second remaining in the third quarter to go up 18-6.

Jefferson County scored two touchdowns and added two two-point conversions that would give the Tigers a 34-6 lead with 5:27 remaining. Franklin County scored on a touchdown and two-point conversion with 1:09 left in the game.

Franklin County (2-5, 0-2) hosts Wesson Attendance Center next Friday at 7 p.m. Jefferson County (5-2, 2-0) travels to Magnolia to take on South Pike High School at 7 p.m. next Friday.