TAMPA — First-year Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle might have a decision to make next week on his starting quarterback. His return men, however, are set.
Will Watson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, ran a punt back 45 yards for one and finished with 192 return yards as host Jefferson handled Tampa Bay Tech 46-21 Friday night.
If Watson didn’t do enough damage, Charles Booth had a 63-yard kickoff return for a score.
“Special teams is something that we are really going to emphasize,” Earle said. “And Watson showed how important it can be. He is going to have the opportunity to be the guy for us.”
With last year’s county player of the year, quarterback Quentin Williams, gone, no starter has been named, according to Earle.
Deiondre Porter started and made several scrambles and throws. Jesuit transfer Tyler Small came out shaky but played better in the second half.
“We are not going to be as dynamic as we were last year on offense,” Earle said. “We will have to rely on more of a team concept but can still be very effective.”
Jefferson also got solid running from Shaquille Speights. He scored three times, including turning a short pass into a 77-yarder.
Tampa Bay Tech was without its starting running back, Lamar Caldwell, because of an ankle injury. Quarterback Aaron Midthus, however, showed more of a passing attack but also had some nice runs in the second half, which included a score.