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Jacksboro rolls past Eagleton, 38-8

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By Robby O'Daniel

The Jacksboro Middle School Eagles picked up where last season’s unbeaten year left off with a dominant 38-8 victory over Eagleton in the regular season opener at home last Thursday.

“I think always the first game of the year is the most important game,” Jacksboro Middle head football coach Brent Peel said. “Especially when you lose 24 eighth-graders and you’re starting with a new group, the first game is really important. You just don’t know. You think you know what you have, but you really don’t until you get out here. And I was real pleased with the effort that we got tonight from this group.”

The win makes Jacksboro winners of the last 10 varsity games the school has played, dating back to the start of last year’s championship season.

“Again, a great job by my coaches getting them prepared,” Peel said. “I felt like we were really prepared.”

The Eagles led 30-0 at halftime and 38-0 after three quarters. Eagleton got on the board in the fourth quarter, going against Eagle junior varsity players.

Eagle quarterback Ethan Miller threw two touchdown passes on the night, starting with a long pass from Miller to a wide-open Payton Gilbert that put the Eagles up 6-0 with 5:28 to go in the first quarter.

Miller’s other TD pass came just before the end of the half when he found Peyton Ferguson on a 49-yard connection to put Jacksboro up 28-0 with 1:01 to go in the first half. Will Lester’s rush for 2 made it 30-0.

It was the second TD of the day for Ferguson. Ferguson ran a punt back about 35 yards for a touchdown, and Lester ran it in for 2 to bring the score to 22-0 Eagles with 5:24 left in the second quarter.

“Peyton’s quick,” Peel said about Ferguson. “He’s little, but he’s got some wheels.”

The rest of Jacksboro’s scores were on rushing touchdowns. Lester ran it in from two yards out to make it 12-0 Jacksboro with just five seconds elapsed in the second quarter. Miller found Lester on the two-point try to make it 14-0.

“Will’s, he does a great job, and he always has a forward lean to him,” Peel said. “He’s always going forward, and we knew we’d have to depend on him a lot, and he stepped up for us.”

Blake Roberts capped off the Jacksboro scoring with a rushing TD and a two-point rush to make it 38-0 with 4:46 to go in the third. That meant a running clock until Eagleton scored in the fourth.

Defensively Jacksboro had two interceptions — one from Jacob Christy on the first play from scrimmage of the second half and one from David Adkins late in the third quarter. The Eagles also recovered two fumbles on special teams.

“Special teams, that’s a major part of the game, and we work on it like it’s a major part of the game,” Peel said.

The Eagles host Rutledge on Thursday night (tonight) at 7 p.m.