TAMPA — Jefferson capped off its record-breaking regular season in fitting fashion Friday night: by breaking yet another offensive record.
The Dragons wrapped up a 10-0 regular season, Jefferson's first since 1975, with a 63-21 victory over Plant City (6-4). With its highest-scoring outing of the season, Jefferson became Florida's all-time leader in regular-season points scored with 530.
The Dragons cheered raucously on the sideline when running back Demetrious Russell plunged into the end zone from 6 yards to give the Dragons the 62 points they needed to break the record, but coach Mike Fenton said the celebration will be short-lived, as the team sets its sights on a state title.
"That's just a tremendous accomplishment. Big credit goes out to this whole football team," Fenton said. "The guys are going to celebrate tonight, but we're going to go back to work (this) morning because we know that our biggest goal is still ahead of us."
Quarterback Quentin Williams threw for 502 yards and six touchdowns, lighting up the scoreboard and remaining in the game until late in the fourth quarter despite the Dragons' big lead — something Fenton said he explained to Plant City coach Wayne Ward after the game.
"I tried to not let it get to my head, but as we got closer and closer, they started bringing it up," Williams said. "It's a blessing to have it, but it would all go to waste if we don't get that ring."
Members of that 1975 Jefferson team, were on hand to witness this year's team match their accomplishment 35 years later. Fenton credited his senior class, which was honored before the game, for much of the team's success.
And the significance of the 10-0 regular season wasn't lost on Jefferson's seniors, even as they look forward to the postseason and getting their names in the state record books one final time.
"It means a lot. We've got a special, special group of seniors," receiver Andre Davis said. "That one goal, that state championship, that's what we're looking forward to."