Balance has been the name of the game in Jacksboro, the Tigers using a number of running backs to wear down defenses the last several years.
Friday night, there was still some balance to a certain extent, as running backs Caleb Helm (136 yards) and Justin Loucks (142 yards) combined for three rushing touchdowns offensively. It was the Tiger defense that came to play in the second half, however, of a tight game in the first half and post a 28-24 win over visiting Millsap before a sparse crowd at Tiger Stadium.
Jacksboro goes to 4-0 in District 6-3A Division II and 6-3 overall while Millsap falls to 1-3 and 4-5.
Jacksboro Coach Brannon Rodgers gave all the credit to his defensive coaches for making adjustments that held Millsap to just 83 yards in the final two quarters.
“This wasn’t a big talk kind of game,” Rodgers said in reference to a pregame talk before the Tolar game two weeks ago. “We came in and made some adjustments and did what we needed to do.”
Millsap picked up 275 yards of offense in the first half, using a balanced attack that involved two Jace Davis touchdown passes to Hunter Matthews and a Davis scoring run.
Jacksboro opened the scoring with both Helm and Loucks pounding the ball as they would throughout the evening. Helm capped the 56-yard drive with a 12-yard scoring run where he dragged defenders to the end zone.
Millsap tied the game a short time later but the Tigers capped the 82-yard, 11-play drive with Trey Lake going a yard up the gut just two seconds into the second quarter for a 14-7 lead.
Millsap scored on consecutive drives for a 21-14 lead. Jacksboro continued moving the ball nearly exclusively on the ground in the absence of quarterback Landon Davenport, who was injured in last week’s game with Dublin. Another sustained drive, this one 75 yards in 10 plays ended with Loucks going seven yards to pay dirt.
For more on this story, see the Wednesday, November 6 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.