TAMPA — It sure didn't look pretty, but Jefferson coach Jeremy Earle thought it was a work of art.
Jefferson's defense dominated and the offense did just enough before pulling away late en route to a 22-0 win at Sickles. The Gryphons (4-3, 1-3) could not get their ground game going, then threw three interceptions in the fourth.
"Our guys were dominant on defense tonight," Earle said. "Any time we can make Sickles throw the ball we have done pretty well."
Neither team could get much going on offense in the first half as Jefferson took a 6-0 lead into the locker room. The Dragons (3-4, 2-2) had chances but stalled in the red zone and had two scores called back for holding calls.
Jefferson got its running game going in the fourth quarter, however, to close it out with some strong runs by Shaquille Speights who had a score and 153 yards.
Jefferson senior linebacker Andrew Jackson dislocated his right knee in the first half and was on crutches on the sideline for the remainder of the game.
Todd Foley, Times correspondent