Most call it a goose egg. Jacksboro calls them Eagle eggs.
Either way, it’s what Jacksboro opponents have been seeing as their score against the Eagles. Through three games this season, the Jacksboro defense has not been scored on thus far.
Throughout the season, Soldiers’ Memorial and Eagleton have both seen zeroes on the board, as Norris only scored two off of a late safety. The Senators fell 38-2.
To Eagle head coach, Mike Miller, it’s an achievement that his team can be proud of.
“I don’t know how impressive that is to anybody else, but that impresses me,” Miller said with a smile. “The kids are proud of it, and that’s good enough for me.”
However, the defense for Jacksboro doesn’t just prevent scoring. They also do some of it themselves.
In the first play of the game, as Norris had the ball, Landon Reese made his move. Reese snatched Austin Miller’s pass from the air, taking the ball 28 yards for the score.
With only 12 second of the clock, the Eagles already led the ball game on homecoming night.
“Anytime that you can just score right off the bat, I looked up, and we had them 8-0 in 12 seconds,” Miller said. “It’s a game changer when you start off like that. It’s just hard to come back from those turnovers like that.”
For Reese, it was a good moment for him.
“It felt great,” he said. “I loved it. Just catch it and don’t drop it.”
A favorite line on the night was “Norris tackled by a host of Eagles.” Most of the time, Norris saw at least six tacklers swarming to the ball.
With that type of team effort, Norris wasn’t able to gain much momentum. The Senators first half saw five drives result in negative 22 yards, including an interception, a sack and a safety.
Only one play out of 12 resulted in positive yards, as Norris gained three yards off of a rush by Miller. On the next play, Josh Lay stopped Gavin Sickau for a 7-yard loss and a safety.
“We played real good,” defensive back Dustin Leach said. “We need to keep this up. We haven’t been scored on yet.”
To Miller, it was a complete team effort.
“They all played well,” he said. “It was a good group effort, especially on defense. They just seemed to swarm.”
On the night, Norris only managed 69 yards of offense, as they gained 74 yards on their last drive of the game.
Reese’s interception got the Eagles on the board early. Shane Bowman connected with London Byrge for the two-point conversion for the 8-0 advantage with 7:48 remaining in the first quarter.
On Jacksboro’s next drive, it was all Byrge. He managed 20 yards on two carries, taking the first 19 yards. His 1-yard scoring jaunt with 6:28 gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead. Bowman was sacked on the two-point conversion.
With 48 second remaining in the first quarter, Jacksboro struck again. Bowman led the way with a 32-yard connection to Reese for the wide open touchdown pass. Byrge took in the two-point conversion, as Jacksboro led 22-0.
Lay’s tackle for a safety made the score 24-0 with 3:40 left in the first half. Following the free kick, the Eagles put together a seven-play, 27-yard drive. Leach capped off the drive with a 6-yard run off right guard. Byrge stretched for the two-point conversion, making the score 32-0 with less than a second left in the first half.
Jacob McGuire showed off his talents late in the third quarter. Intercepting Miller’s pass, McGuire took it 68 yards for the pick-six. The two-point conversion failed, as the Eagles led 38-0 with 1:06 left in the third.
Spencer Chandler stopped John Porter for Norris’ only points of the game. Chandler’s tackel for a safety left the games final margin, 38-2.