It was a heartbreak for the Jefferson County football team on Friday night against Hardin Valley.
The Patriots and Hawks entered the contest in search of their first win of the season. After a scoreless first half, it seemed for much of the second half that Hardin Valley would be the leading team.
However, that quickly changed in the blink of an eye.
With 3:31 left in the game, the Patriots blocked a Hardin Valley punt and Jace Dobbins picked it up for a touchdown. But, before Jeff County could even celebrate, their conversion failed, leaving the game at 14-13 in favor of the Hawks.
The Patriots had one last chance but escaped and Hardin Valley recovered.
Jefferson County totaled 219 yards in the game against 182. Patriots running back Ayden Houston led the charge with 139 rushing yards and a touchdown. Houston became the 25th Patriot in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in one season.
Defensively, Colin Young led the team with 6.5 tackles and had an interception.
The teams were scoreless after the first half, but the Hawks struck quickly to start the second, sending the opening kick home. Hardin Valley then scored against the end of the third quarter to make it 14-0.
Normally, a team that struggled when it got hit in the mouth this year, Jefferson County responded as Houston took a 14-yard goal into the end zone.
Hardin Valley was just 17 passing yards in the game and did most of his rushing damage 165 rushing yards.
Both teams were hampered by penalties throughout the game. Jefferson County had 14 penalties while Hardin Valley had 10.
The Patriots will leave next Friday before ending their season in two weeks at home against Farragut. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Cocke County beaten by Daniel Boone
After showing off a fight against Tennessee High just over a week ago, the Cocke County Fighting Cocks found themselves struggling against Daniel Boone on the road.
The Fighting Cocks were unable to put together a successful workout leaving them empty on the scoreboard. Daniel Boone had no problem finding his way to the end zone, scoring every quarter en route to the 59-0 victory.
The Trail Blazers of Boone had three scores in the first quarter with two rushed scores in the early evening.
From there, Boone capitalized on Cocke Countys’ turnovers to put the game out of reach.
After a passing touchdown from quarterback Jason Jenkins to Daniel Matherly for a 21-0 advantage, it was the attack on the ground that did the rest of the work.
Boone’s 279 yards combined rushing put the game out of reach.
The Trail Blazers had a total of seven rushing touchdowns in the game, with Blair adding a pair of rushing scores with his passing touchdown.
Cocke County will look to bounce back from Cole Henson and the hurricanes east of Morristown in the upcoming Region 1-5A game on Fridays.
LCA battles Grace Baptist
The Lakeway Christian Academy Lions schedule sat empty for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns. As they finally hit the grill on Friday night, the struggles for the freshman program continued.
LCA has invited Grace Baptist to leave Chattanooga for a game at Lakeway Stadium on Friday. Sadly, the Lions struggled to make the saves on defense to keep the score close for their offense after the 41-14 loss.
Grace Baptists 41 points were all scored in the first half, leaving LCA in a rush to score points in the second half.
The Lions fought but were never able to overcome the bump as they only accumulated one score in the second half. The only score before that was in the second quarter for the Lions.
Grace Baptist scored 13 points on the board in the first quarter and followed it with a 28-point second quarter to put the Lions in a hole.
The last two quarters have seen a clock ticking until the last LCA score.
The Lions invite Green Hill out of Mt. Juliette at Lakeway Stadium next Friday at 7 p.m. for their return game.