The Chamberlain Chiefs capitalized on a flurry of Jefferson mistakes Saturday afternoon in a 36-12 non-district victory at Chamberlain Stadium.
Jefferson (4-4) had eight turnovers, including four interceptions by quarterback Donald Caldwell. Chief defensive back Carlos Dixon had two interceptions _ including a leaping pick at the goal line in the second quarter when Jefferson was down just 10-6. Dixon's 69-yard return set up a seven-play touchdown drive, capped by Damien Green's 8-yard run.
With Chamberlain up 22-12 in the fourth quarter, Dixon again intercepted Caldwell. The Chiefs scored twice to put it away. Wide receiver Dajan Smith caught touchdown passes of 14 and 34 yards.
"It was a sloppy-looking game," said Chief coach Billy Turner, whose team (6-3) clinched its first winning season since 1992. "Too many mistakes. Way too many penalties. The only good thing is we won."
Chamberlain is likely headed for a three-way tie in Class 6A, District 5, along with East Lake and Hillsborough. Jefferson, too, has playoff hopes. If the Dragons upset Durant on Friday, the 5A-11 runner-up spot also could go to a tiebreaker.
"But we'll have to play a lot better than we did today," said Jefferson coach Darlee Nelson, who said six starters who had been academically ineligible will be reinstated this week. "We just want to put this one behind us."
Caldwell was 13 of 35 for 164 yards, but his receivers dropped eight passes. He also had two touchdowns negated by penalty _ a 64-yard pass to Prince Burks and a 45-yard run.