Jellico's middle school football team snaps losing streak

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By Dwane Wilder

The drought is over for Jellico’s middle school football team.
Austin Plank scored three touchdowns and Caney Minton scored twice Thursday night as the Blue Devils (1-2 overall) clobbered Episcopal School of Knoxville, 40-0, to snap a losing streak over five years in the making.
His team leading 32-0 at intermission, Jellico coach Les Stiers began to empty his bench to start the second half.
“Our kids haven’t had anything like that to celebrate in a long time,’ said Stiers.
“We had perfect defense, a perfect offensive scheme and almost no penalties. It was a complete game on both sides of the ball.”
Plank returned the opening kick 75 yards for a touchdown to start the fireworks. He also scored on runs of 65 and 45 yards. Minton was the short-yardage specialist for the Blue Devils. His TD runs covered 10 and 5 yards.
Defensively, Jellico held the Saints (0-2 overall) to less than 100 yards of total offense.
The Blue Devils will host Fairview tonight (Thurs.) beginning with a jayvee game at 6 p.m. The varsity team will play immediately afterward.
Eagles win big
Paul Courdle rushed for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries Thursday night to lead Jacksboro to a 28-12 road victory over Cocke County, a team that has lost only one game since 2008.
Trey Torres had a hand in two touchdowns for the Eagles (2-0 overall). He caught a TD pass from quarterback Kaine Peel and also ran for a touchdown.
Courdle and Jesse Sharp scored 2-point conversions.
Peel completed 5 of 7 passes for 42 yards, a touchdown and a 2-point conversion.
Jacksboro led 21-6 at halftime and scored its last touchdown in the third quarter.
“We’ve always been pretty good on defense, but we’ve had trouble scoring,” said Eagles assistant coach Brent Peel.
“If we can get any kind of blocking out of our offensive line, we’ve got the skill people to make plays.”
Jacksboro will travel to Maynardville tonight (Thurs.) for a key division game against Horace Maynard. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Owls grounded
LaFollette suffered its second consecutive loss Thursday night with a 24-12 setback to Clinton. The Owls (1-2 overall) fell behind 24-0 in the third quarter before storming back with a pair of touchdowns during the final two minutes of the fourth.
Ethan Jeffers completed 10 of 15 passes for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was intercepted once. Tommy Lawson caught 5 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 27 yards.
“That was a winnable game for us, but we just didn’t get off to a very good start,” said LaFollette coach Cody Parker.
Lawson recovered the opening kick at the Clinton 35-yard line. The Owls drove inside the 5, where they got four chances but failed to get into the end zone.
Blake Edwards and Cory Morgan ran for touchdowns to put the Hawks up by two scores. The Hawks blocked a punt during the third quarter to take a 24-0 advantage.
Blake Hendrickson got LaFollette on the scoreboard with a 9-yard touchdown catch from Jeffers late in the fourth quarter. The Owls recovered an onside kick, and, 10 seconds later, Lawson caught a 22-yarder from Jeffers to cut Clinton’s lead in half, 24-12. LaFollette has an open date this week before traveling to Horace Maynard on Sept. 9.