Thomas Jefferson’s first season as a member of District 10-3A in 2013 ended on a loss to Miller-McCoy with the district crown on the line.
After Saturday’s victory over Clark, Thomas Jefferson set itself up for a for a chance at redemption.
Thomas Jefferson (6-2, 1-0) cruised to a 28-6 victory over the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-2) at Hoss Memtsas Stadium that gave the Jaguars their first district win of the season and sets them up for a rematch against Miller McCoy next Saturday with the title of district champions on the line once again.
“Our kids are excited about it. We’ve got a chance at a district championship,” Thomas Jefferson coach Kevin Kelly said. “We played Miller-McCoy really well for one half (last year), so we’re really looking forward to that matchup.
“This is only our fifth year of varsity football, so we’ve come a really long way as a program, and I’m just proud of our kids.”
Donte Sincere led the Jaguars, coming off the heels of a 54-carry, 254-yard performance in Thomas Jefferson’s victory over KIPP Renaissance last week, the junior running back had 18 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown. After Saturday’s performance, Sincere eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards.
Quarterback Tyler Lavergne completed 7 of 12 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also eclipsed 1,000 passing yards on the season.
“Donte runs the ball so hard. I’m so proud of the way he’s played this year,” Kelly said. “And (Lavergne) is so efficient and he just makes all the throws for us. Those guys have been great for us all year.”
The Jaguars came out firing early, scoring touchdowns on drives of 63 and 67 yards to open the game.
Their first drive ended with Sincere bursting through the line for a 40-yard touchdown run.
Their next drive lasted seven plays before Lavergne dove in from 1 yard out to give the Jaguars a 14-0 lead.
“This win was really important for us because we knew we wanted some momentum heading into the district championship game next week,” Sincere said.
The Jaguars — helped by a 30-yard catch from wide receiver Tyler Butler — struck again late in the first half with a six-play, 44-yard scoring drive. Butler capped the drive with a 1-yard run.
After forcing a Clark turnover on downs to open the second half, the Jaguars took advantage of a short field, marching 36 yards in nine plays before Lavergne connected with Butler for a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Butler finished with five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown and also added a rushing touchdown.
“It was major for us to get this win because we have redemption on our mind,” he said. “I feel like we play as a team and everybody’s coming together and when you do that you see the results.”
Clark’s only score of the game came when quarterback Koiy Evans hit Darius Bradley on a quick 15-yard play, and Bradley tossed the ball to Elvis Berry and Berry took the ball 65 yards for a touchdown. A two-point conversion failed, making the score 28-6.
Thomas Jefferson’s matchup with Miller-McCoy for the district 10-3A crown will be played at Hoss Memtsas Stadium next Saturday.