County fireworks show: Jefferson outlasts Washington
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Defeat Washington at the very end.
Insert again. Go toe-to-toe with the county rival once more. Press the “repeat” button on the printer, and come out with a 32-29 win over the Patriots.
That was the plan of attack followed by Jefferson last Friday in a hurriedly scheduled game in Shenandoah Junction against Washington.
Just last year, the rivals met on the same field after Washington’s venue couldn’t be used because of construction.
The Cougars took a pulsating win on what was the game’s last play — a touchdown pass that sagged the Patriots and their followers to their collective knees.
Last Friday, Jefferson accomplished a three-point win by scoring the game-deciding points with less than three minutes to play and then didn’t allow the single-wing loving Patriots to do any more scoring damage with Washington’s final possession.
Employing its run-happy single-wing offense, Washington actually grabbed a 14-0 lead on first-quarter scores from Frankie Amore and Bryson Fleming. But the Cougars came right after that Patriot lead with Evan Tewell’s first of three scores on the pleasant-weather night in late October.
One of the Washington’s rare pass-attempts brought it a 21-8 lead, but Tewell was right back in the end zone soon enough when he bulled in from about the one to shave Washington’s lead to 21-14.
With the third period mostly spent, Jefferson closed to within 21-20 when Sammy Roberts found Isaiah Fritts with the Cougars’ third score.
When Christian Blowe crashed in to score in the quarter’s final minute, Jefferson had erased all of its earlier deficit and was on top, 26-21.
Washington had not scored in a while, but wasn’t conceding anything. More than half of the fourth quarter was gone when the Patriots surged in front, 29-26, on a Thomas Wogan run and a two-point conversion.
Time to repeat Jefferson’s last-ditch success from 2019.
Tewell’s third visit to the Patriot end zone came with 2:19 remaining and was a 19-yard scamper.
Leading by three points, the Cougars stiffened and took over on downs when the Patriots couldn’t covert a fourth down play into a new series of downs.
Where the teams go from here is pure conjecture. The 3-4 Cougars could have two more games, one more game or be finished. Hedgesville and Martinsburg could be played if both Jefferson and Berkeley County are in color-coded modes that would allow games. Washington, now with a 4-4 record, has been stifled somewhat by gold-colored Jefferson County and also must see what color-code it sees this Friday and on Nov. 6.