Jefferson’s decision to try to score its final touchdown with 20 seconds left in the Dragons’ 35-6 Class 3A region final win at North Marion was met with a frosty reception from the home-team fans Friday night.
Leading 28-6, backup running back LaDarius Moye’s 50-yard run in the game’s final two minutes gave Jefferson the ball at the Colts’ 11-yard line. After two running plays that netted no gain, Moye scored his second touchdown of the night on the next play.
The touchdown prompted boos from the homestands and a remark from the North Marion PA announcer, who said it was “(darn) poor.” The PA announcer apologized, saying his emotions were caught up in the game.
“(Moye) had a great run to get down there and I just think taking a knee down there is more demeaning,” Jefferson coach Mike Fenton explained.
Jefferson, leading just 14-6 midway into the third quarter, scored 21 unanswered points in the game’s final 14 minutes.
Last week, Plant converted for a two-point conversion leading Alonso 75-16 in the fourth quarter. Panthers coach Robert Weiner said he went for two because Alonso’s defenders were still playing for a point-after block on Plant’s last score and he wanted to protect his only kicker, Chris Finn, from possible injury.
The Dragons (11-1) travel to Pensacola for this week's Class 3A state semifinal.