Beating Musselman, Cougars move record to 4-0
More and more names were added to the Jefferson spectrum of stars.
Joining Andrew King and Christian Johnson — who had more of their early-season offensive explosions — were Marcus Burns, Craye Nehler and Will Ransom as the Cougars moved past Musselman, 47-21, last Friday in Shenandoah Junction.
Jefferson moved out to a 4-0 record and the vanquished Applemen dipped to 2-2 on their season.
King completed 14-of-29 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns to Johnson.
Johnson contributed seven catches, good for 186 yards and two touchdowns, the last an 81-yard catch-run that completed the night’s scoring.
Burns had 20 carries for 178 yards and scored a touchdown. Six of his runs went for at least 10 yards and he showed gains of 21, 35, 42, 10, 12 and 14 yards before the Applemen were silenced once and for all.
Nehler intercepted two Musselman passes to help blunt any possible Applemen comeback attempt. He also caught an eight-yard TD pass from King.
Ransom consistently delivered the game’s noisiest tackles, grounding runners with thuds that could be heard over the music played by either school’s band. Ransom had 11 stops, and the Cougars were little troubled by anything the Applemen tried through the air.
Jefferson faces its severest test of the season tonight in Stephens City when it plays Sherando.
The Cougars came out of the gate with enough offensive fury to score on their first two possessions. A 66-yard drive to the game’s first points came in only seven plays and was culminated by King’s one-yard run. The next time the Cougars had possession they went 77 yards in only six plays, the most telling being King’s 49-yard bolt on the first snap.
After the Applemen scored to make it a 12-7 Jefferson lead, the Cougars scored the next three touchdowns to boost their lead all the way to 34-7 where it was at halftime.
When the Applemen counted points on their first drive of the second half, the Cougars’ Rashad Lee quickly returned the favor when he fielded the ensuing kickoff at his 18 and set sail for the Musselman end zone. Lee’s quick-strike score upped Jefferson’s margin back to 40-14.
Deonte Glover scooted 79 yards on a sweep to his left to give Musselman its third score. But after Nehler intercepted his second pass of the windy evening, King found Johnson behind the futilely chasing Musselman secondary and the 81-yard pass-run resulted in a 47-21 lead for the undefeated and state-ranked Cougars.
All that was left was for the Jefferson band to give its post-game performance because Musselman had been allowed to give the nice-sized crowd its halftime show.
King and Johnson had been joined by Burns, Nehler and Ransom as more names in the Jefferson pantheon.
And the Cougars were 4-0 overall.