County middle school teams bow in semifinals of playoffs

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By Dwane Wilder

The playoff journey is over for the Jacksboro and LaFollette middle school football teams.
Both the Eagles and Owls were eliminated after semifinal losses Thursday night.
Jacksboro was defeated 12-6 in overtime at Clinton in a game that was eerily similar to the regular season meeting between the two teams.
Clinton also won the earlier game, 16-14, in overtime on Jacksboro’s field.
In the latest meeting of the two teams, Eagles tailback Paul Courdle scored on a 48-yard touchdown run during the first quarter. Jacksboro failed to convert the 2-point conversion.
The Hawks rallied with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Jacksboro quarterback Kaine Peel was intercepted on the first play of the overtime period. Clinton then took the ball at the Eagles’ 10-yard line and scored on second down to clinch the victory.
Jacksboro (6-4 overall) returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that would likely have won the game in regulation for the Eagles. However, the play was called back because of a penalty. The Eagles recovered three fumbles during the game.
Jesse Sharp and Spencer Roberts led the Jacksboro defense with eight tackles each.
Owls fall to defending champs
LaFollette met defending TMSAA Football Champion Lenoir City for the second time this season. The outcome wasn’t much different than the second game of the season, when the Owls lost at home.
LaFollette (6-4 overall) dropped the playoff game, 40-8.
Quarterback Ethan Jeffers and receiver Austin North hooked up on a pass play to score the Owls’ lone touchdown.
Lenoir City, known far and wide for its high-powered offense, won this game with defense. Jalon Wood scored four touchdowns for Lenoir City (7-3 overall). He returned three interceptions for TDs and also ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown to get the ball rolling.
Lenoir City led 20-0 at halftime.
Jeffers, who set game and single season school passing records earlier this year, completed 22 of 35 throws for 240 yards in his final game as an Owl.
Jeffers spread the wealth by completing passes to half a dozen different receivers. North caught 9 passes for 75 yards, while Dakota Dossett had 5 for 73; Tommy Lawson, 4 for 63; Tyler Lemarr, 2 for 6, Dallas Griffith, 1 for 15; and Blake Hendrickson, 1 for 3.