The Thomas Jefferson Jaguars pulled to 2-2 on the season with a 36-0 victory over the Grace King Fighting Irish on Thursday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
“The defense did really well,” Thomas Jefferson coach Kevin Kelly said. “We got some turnovers and took advantage of it. We were kind of angry from last week’s loss. We thought we should have won. We were the angry team, and it showed.”
The Jaguars first possession looked promising, but Donte Sincere lost a fumble on a botched handoff. There was no damage done, however, as Grace King gave it right back on a fumble. Jefferson capitalized on a 2-yard run by Marlon Wilkins. Tyler Butler added another touchdown on the next drive. A successful two-point conversion made it 15-0 as time expired in the first quarter.
Penalties and negative plays stymied Jefferson’s offense in the second period. A muffed punt by the Irish set up another short touchdown run by Wilkins. King fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Jefferson recovered. Butler followed up with his second touchdown on another quarterback sneak to make the score 29-0 at halftime.
Donovan Gibson added a 14-yard touchdown run to put the Jaguars up 36-0 in the fourth.
Donte Sincere was the workhorse for the Jaguars early. He racked up 82 yards rushing in the first quarter and helped set up Jefferson’s first two touchdowns. He finished with 119 yards before leaving in the third quarter.
“(Donte) and (Tyler) are our horses in the backfield,” Kelly said. “We give the ball to those guys, and hopefully set up the pass. That’s our game plan. He did not reach the end zone, but was not bothered by it.”
“I don’t feel bad about not scoring,” Sincere said. “As long as we get the win, I’m good.”
The Irish did not pick up a first down until the three-minute mark in the third quarter.