At times playing running back, quarterback and receiver, Johnny Jefferson is doing everything he can with every touch he gets — and there are a lot of them — for the Shoemaker Grey Wolves.
The senior Baylor pledge was withing three yards of the single-game rushing record with 314 yards in the Grey Wolves’ 23-20 loss to Round Rock Stony Point on Thursday night.
Jefferson carried 40 times and scored three touchdowns, including a 9-yarder with 54 seconds left that tied the game at 20 and sent him past the 311 yards of Ellison running back Reggie Duncan in 1997. Travis Davis of Killeen holds the record, rushing for 317 yards on 25 carries in 2002.
Shoemaker kicker Natzul Pozo missed the ensuing PAT, and all three in the game, and Stony Point kicker Malik Morgan drilled the game-winning 42-yard field goal with 1 second left.
Jefferson, who ran for 303 yards in Shoemaker’s 38-24 win over Universidad Autonoma Nuevo Leon, also completed 2 of 7 passes for 26 yards and an
interception and combined for 340 of Shoemaker’s 354 yards in the game.
“Johnny’s going to be big. Johnny’s going to have a good game every game. Schematically, that’s what we’re going to do, but we’ve got to have some guys to go with him,” Shoemaker coach Channon Hall said after the loss. “Some other guys got to step up. Guys like Ziere (Banner), he has some good things going on. We’ve got to get a couple more guys going a little bit to help spread that out a little bit.”
The Grey Wolves weren’t the only team to have an outlandish individual performance ruined by a loss.
At Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Temple quarterback Zach Allen threw for 373 yards on 35-of-58 passing with no interceptions, but the Wildcats were shut out by No. 9 Southlake Carroll, 34-0, on Friday.
Bulldawgs benefit from balance
In consecutive weeks, Copperas Cove’s offense has struck fast and its defense has held strong.
Against Waco, the Bulldawgs needed a total of 13 plays to score five of its six touchdowns, while limiting the Lions to just 238 total yards in a 43-7 victory.
One week later, against Universidad Autonoma Nuevo Leon, Copperas Cove earned a 54-7 win, scoring six touchdowns on just 18 plays, while the defense gave up just 199 yards.
Between the two games, the Bulldawgs have reached the end zone on 13 of 24 drives, converting seven of 15 third downs and scoring on seven of eight trips into the red zone.
Defensively, Copperas Cove forced 18 punts or turnovers in 24 drives spread across the two games, while only giving up two second-half scores all season, with both occurring in the season opener at A&M Consolidated.
Other than Shane Stafford’s 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the only thing gawdy about Belton’s win over Bryan was the Tigers’ 42-16 final over their former District 12-5A opponent.
Running back Brandon Rhoads ran for a respectable 193 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, but that was on par for the Tigers’ offense Friday night when everything seemed to finally click after last week’s come-from-behind win over Stony Point.
“We’ve got speed. We can run the ball, we can pass the ball, we can do pretty much anything we want to (offensively),” Rhoads said.
Quarterback Peter Shelburne threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-15 passing, reserve running back Kyle Adamson ran for a 46-yard touchdown, and the Tigers offense erupted for 504 yards after scrapping and clawing for 332 total yards in their 15-14 win over Stony Point on a last-second field goal.
By the Numbers
- 5 — Copperas Cove receivers to catch a pass during the team’s 54-7 victory against Universidad Autonoma Nuevo Leon. The Bulldawgs completed 9 of 13 passes for 198 yards, producing a 22 yards-per-reception average.
- 0 — Points for Temple on Friday, despite 395 total yards, including 373 passing by quarterback Zach Allen.
- 6.46 — Yards per carry for Ellison senior tailback Isiah Cowan against Waco High. Cowan had a season-high 24 carries and 155 rushing yards. In the previous two games, Cowan managed only 12 and 19 rushes while struggling to crack 100 yards in a game.
- 96 — Percent of Harker Heights' total rushing yards (153) against Cedar Park that belonged to senior tailback Terance Goodwin, who broke out for a career-high 147 on 13 carries. Five other rushers combined for just 5 yards on 19 carries.
- Round Rock Stony Point (2-1) at Killeen (2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. — While winning at the end is the only way Killeen is 2-0 coming out of its bye week, the Tigers have been on both sides in back-to-back, down-to-the-wire games. The Roos look to shore up their weak spots before starting their District 8-5A schedule next week against defending 12-5A champion Copperas Cove.
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Clay Whittington and Alex Byington contributed to this report.