Fumbles were the name of the game Friday night at Rene Martinez Sr. Field as the Jefferson Dragons defeated the East Bay Indians 14-0 in a game played in a steady downpour.
"They were messy conditions out there," said Jefferson coach Darlee Nelson. "We tried to play above our normal concentration. I think the guys realized the conditions were bad for both sides. We just tried to make sure we didn't have too many turnovers."
While the Dragons did have four fumbles, they lost only one. The most costly turnover of the game belonged to the Indians, who fumbled away a punt at their 15-yard line. Jefferson needed only four plays to put the ball in the end zone as running back Jamall Anderson scored from the 3-yard line to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead.
After stopping East Bay on its first possession of the second half, the Dragons used 11 plays to take the ball to the Indians 5-yard line, where they scored an apparent touchdown. However, the touchdown was called back because a Dragon player helped his own ball carrier into the end zone. The Dragons subsequently went for a field goal but missed it wide right.
The Jefferson offense struck for the final time at the outset of the fourth quarter as quarterback Angel Diaz connected with wide receiver Keith Newman on a 40-yard scoring play.
Nelson was pleased with his team's balanced attack.
"I'm very happy with the ground game," said Nelson. "With the ground game, the passing game opens up. With a passing quarterback and a team that likes to throw the ball, it (the rain) hindered us a little bit, but for the most part we threw the ball when we needed to throw it and we did a pretty good job."