Trevor Diggs didn’t become East Jefferson’s starting quarterback until last week against Riverdale. Apparently, Diggs is looking to make up for lost time.
On Saturday night against Pearl River, Diggs paced a 55-0 onslaught at Joe Yenni Stadium, gaining 104 yards and scoring three touchdowns and also throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass.
In the first half.
“I feel that with me in the offense, we have more speed and more options,” said Diggs, an elusive 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior. “Basically, we have more weapons now. Our offensive line was blocking well tonight, and I could see everything before it was about to happen.”
East Jefferson (4-3, 2-0) took a 42-0 halftime lead in taking an easy District 8-4A victory by trouncing Pearl River (0-7, 0-2) for the second consecutive season.
The Warriors won last year 62-0.
Diggs scored on runs of 1, 7 and 36 yards as East Jefferson scored 28 first-quarter points to remove all doubt concerning the outcome. He threw the touchdown pass to former starting quarterback Tracey Bright at 11:10 of the second quarter.
Bright, moved to his former wide receiver spot to get Diggs, another game-breaker, on the field, also had a 5-yard touchdown at 7:27 of the second quarter, completing the first-half scoring.
The EJ defense was just as stellar. After Diggs’ 1-yard sneak gave East Jeff a 7-0 lead at 9:33 of the first quarter, defensive back Leonard Lebranch intercepted a long pass by the Rebels’ Zach Vicknair and returned the ball 74 yards to the Pearl River 2. Fullback Morris Sarah then scored on a 2-yard run at 8:04.
The Warriors held the Rebels to 88 yards total offense and five first downs.
“We had a good week of practice,” East Jefferson coach Marc Martin said. “We’ve got some pieces in place that we feel makes us a better team.”
Mercifully, the coaches agreed to a liberal clock in the second half.
However, the Warriors still rushed for 158 yards, including a game-capping 54-yard sideline scamper by Desmond Houston, a 5-7 sophomore.
East Jefferson finished with 317 yards rushing, including 152 by Diggs.
Jace Littleton had a yeoman’s effort in leading Pearl River with 72 yards on 28 carries, rushing into East Jeff’s stout defensive front.