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East romps over Taylor County

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28-13 win puts Jaguars on top of district

By Pat Faherty

It was a play regular Jaguar fans have been waiting for with a smug confidence that it was just a matter of time.
Last Friday night, early in the second half was that time.
The game was tied 7-7 when a long deep kickoff by the Taylor County Bulldogs went to East Gadsden's Darious Johnson. The senior, without a doubt the fastest man on the field that night, dashed about 90 yards for a touchdown.
He was also having a solid night on defense.
The extra point was good and the Jaguars went ahead 14-7, a lead they should have earlier when the Bulldogs stopped them late in the second quarter just three yards short of the goal.
The Bulldogs had gotten on the board first with a short pass play capping a long drive late in the first quarter.  East evened it up about midway through the second quarter as Treveze Robinson drove them down field sticking mostly to the ground, where both teams seemed more comfortable. Though East Gadsden showed a more dominant line on both sides of the ball.
It was another track star who put the Jaguars on scoreboard again in the third quarter. Curtis Alexander, who is never far from the football, recovered a Bulldog fumble and raced it into the end zone. The point after was good making 21-7.
With about three minutes left in game, Taylor County scored on a long pass play, but the point after was blocked making it 21-13. Darious Johnson would find the end zone again for the Jaguars. And paired with a successful kick, it was now 28-13.
With a new quarterback the Bulldogs pushed for a another score completing several quick passes as the clock seemed to slow down with the cold. Finally came the incomplete Bulldogs' Hail Mary that ended the game.
It was the game East had been preparing for all season, one that would define the team's character as  well as it's place in the district. It had also been a big game for Taylor County whose fans were none too happy with some vocally directing their displeasure toward the visiting team.
Coach Corey Fuller was obviously pleased with the outcome, but as expected he saw plenty of room for improvement. "We should have blown them out -- more than 28 points -- that was a disappointment," he said. "We had a lot more opportunities to score."
But overall, he said it was a lot of hard work by these kids who came and followed through. "The kids played hard, invested the time and it payed off, God's blessing us."
As for facing Florida High this Friday night, Fuller said, "they are a well-coached team. It's good program and we never look past anyone."
And as for Taylor County, Fuller expects to face them again to decide the district title -- this time the game will at home.