Jeff Davis High made short work of Bacon County Friday night in Alma as the Jackets jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 52-0 win. That upped the Jackets’ record to 6-0 and Bacon fell to 0-5.
The offensive load was spread out over multiple players as starters Aahiyus Allen and Kiyon Dotson both carried only six times. But they were productive carries. Allen rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns, and Dotson ran for 82 yards and three TDs.
Fumblitis played havoc with the Red Raiders as fumbles set up several Yellow Jacket scores.
The Jackets started their first possession at their 43 after a Bacon punt and scored in six plays. The offense mixed it up, keeping the Raider defense off balance. Dotson, Allen, Tre Chandler and Tyson Alls each had a carry on the first five plays, Alls threw to wide receiver C.J. Parker for an 18-yd. pickup to the Bacon two and Allen ran into the end zone standing up on the next play. The JD offense line manhandled the Raider front during the quick drive. Angel Mendez kicked the extra point and the Jackets quickly led 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Raiders fumbled and Kade Parle recovered at the Bacon 26 to set up the next score.
It took the Jackets six plays again. After a pass in the flats lost two, Allen picked up nine and Dotson got the first down with a 5-yd. carry to the 14. A 5-yd. penalty moved the ball to the 9, and after an incomplete pass Alls kept for five to the four. Dotson scored on the next play and Mendez made it 14-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Raiders fumbled again and the Jackets were in business at the Bacon 35. The Jacket offensive line continued its domination and JD scored in four plays. Allen got nine, Chandler 10, and after an incompletion, Kirese Hunt ran through a huge hold for 21 yards and the score. Mendez upped the tally to 21-0 and, due to the fumbles, the Raider offense had run only three plays.
After Bacon got a successful kickoff return, they ran three plays and faced a 4th-and-1 at the Jacket 46. They went for it on the first play of the second quarter but the Jacket defensive front wall put up an iron curtain for no gain and Jeff Davis took over at their 46.
On the first play, the O-line opened up a huge hole, Dotson darted through it and raced down the right side line for 54 yards and a 27-0 lead. Mendez made it 28-0.
On the third play after the kickoff, the Raiders fumbled once again. Parle scooped up the football at the Bacon 41 and returned it to the Raider 28 to set up yet another score.
After being backed up to the 33 and an incomplete pass, the offensive line did its thing again and Allen rambled 24 yards without being touched and was downed at the Bacon nine.
Dotson got seven and Allen two and it was 34-0. Mendez made it 35-0.
After the kickoff, the Raiders failed to move the chains again and punted the ball away. On 1st-and-10 from the 16, Allen broke through yet another big hole, broke a tackle at the 30 and, with Parker running final interference, raced 84 yards for the score. Mendez split the uprights to make it 42-0.
That score stood until halftime, when the Jackets trotted off the field and Bacon slowly walked off the field, heads down.
After the second half kickoff, the Jacket coaching staff got their bench players some valuable experience. The offense moved the ball to inside the Raider 30 before they ran out of steam.
But the defense didn’t run out of steam. Parker made a great play on a pass completion, tackling the receiver for no gain, Parle nailed a runner for a 6-yd. loss and the D-line nailed a runner for a 2-yd. loss and, on 4th-and-18, Bacon punted the ball away.
Starting at the Bacon 48, it took the subs seven plays to cover the distance.
With Parle at quarterback, Landon Roberson raced 11 yards, Hunt got five, Roberson three and Terrance Clemons four and a first down. The offense worked its way to the 10 from where Clemons scored to up the score to 48-0. The kick made it 49-0 early in the fourth quarter.
Bacon failed to field the ensuing kickoff and the Jackets recovered that ball at the Bacon 32.
The young Jackets weren’t able to get the ball across the goal line but, on fourth down from the 22, Mendez booted a 38-yd. field goal to make it 52-0.
With the clock running in the second half, the game ended quickly with the Raiders never threatening to score.