Air raid: King-to-Johnson nets Cougars seven touchdowns
Instead of the Jefferson band’s drum line producing the loudest sounds as the on-field Cougars pounded Hampshire, 51-7, the blaring of air raid sirens should have been ringing through the night in Shenandoah Junction.
Jefferson junior wide receiver Christian Johnson and his quarterback mate Andrew King spent the first three quarters of the runaway night strafing the Trojans with a state-record number of touchdown passes.
The numbers came like those at a fast-paced night of bingo at some hall where people gather to watch their cards.
“29”, “38”, “8”, “11”, “45”, “17”, and “3” were the important numbers in the seven touchdown passes Johnson gathered in from King. Those were the yardage numbers on the long succession of scoring passes Johnson assembled in only three quarters.
Seven touchdown grabs surpassed the existing state record of six that had stood for some time.
It wasn’t bingo, but unbeaten Jefferson moved its record along to 3-0 with its total of eight touchdowns and a stingy defense that rarely allowed the visiting Trojans a first down let along only the lone Hampshire score that came with the Cougars sailing along with a 33-0 second-half cushion.
King finished his prime statisical night throwing 37 passes and completing 19 of them for 346 yards.
Jefferson’s first seven scores were all of the King-to-Johnson variety, and the scoring was closed out with 38-yard run from Marcus Burns.
Hampshire was limited to just three first downs and found earning yardage against the Cougar starters almost as fruitless as trying to keep Johnson out of its end zone.
The bulk of the Jefferson defense — Will Ransom, Jalon Smith, Shaquan Kelly, Isaac Myers, Phillip Keller, Craye Nehler, Will Mazur, Delonte Berry, Brandon Herbert and Burns — smothered most of the inside reverses and short sweeps the Trojans attempted.
After an early interception, the Trojans threw few passes and had not completed any of them when the score was 51-7 and only seven minutes remained.
After season-opening wins against Spring Mills, Mountain Ridge and Hamsphire the Cougars will see Musselman tonight at 7 p.m. in Shenandoah Junction.
The air raid sirens will be at the ready. King and Johnson will be a main focal point in the Cougars trying to reach a 4-0 record.