Owls soar into Class AAA semifinals with 50-36 rout of Horace Maynard

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By Dwane Wilder

LaFollette quarterback Ethan Jeffers broke his own school record last week during a 50-36 rout of Horace Maynard in the opening round of the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Football Playoffs.
Jeffers passed for a whopping 480 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also ran for a TD. Jeffers surpassed his previous single-game passing record by 146 yards. At halftime, he was recognized for having thrown for 2,000 yards this season. His favorite target, Tommy Lawson, was also honored for 1,000 yards receiving.
Both are school single-season records.
The Owls (6-3 overall) will travel to Lenoir City this afternoon (Thurs.) for a Class AAA semifinal game against the defending Eastern Division champions. Earlier this year, LaFollette lost 36-12 at Lenoir City in the second game of the season.
“We’re a 100 percent better football team, right now, than we were when we played them earlier,” said LaFollette coach Cody Parker.
“I truly believe we can go down there and win and have an opportunity to play for the championship.”
With the way the Owls played last week against Horace Maynard, it’s easy to see why Parker is so optimistic.
LaFollette scored the first 24 points and built a 30-6 lead by halftime.
Dakota Dossett had a monster game at receiver. He caught four touchdown passes and amassed 200 yards for the night. Lawson and Austin North caught the other two touchdown passes by Jeffers, who piled up 320 yards and five TDs during an explosive first half.
Lawson nearly scored after intercepting a pass just before halftime.
Eli Turner had a hand in four of Horace Maynard’s five touchdowns. He ran for two TDs and also caught a pair of scoring passes. Jesse Masingo scored the other touchdown for the winless Red Devils (0-9 overall).