Friday night lights featured a non-district Homecoming game between the East Gadsden High Jaguars and the Florida High Seminoles.
The first quarter appeared to be a chess match of both teams trying to figure out and evaluate the other. It was very clear the Jaguars’ defense was playing to dominate the game. Geomary Smith was definitely in a beast mode all night, accounting for 10 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
During the second quarter, Jaguar QB Treveze Robinson hit Janorriss Cunningham on a 9-yard touchdown pass with Pedro Popoco adding an extra point. With less than 2 minutes before the half, Jaguars’ QB Robinson threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jaleell Reynolds, giving the Jaguars a 13 to 0 halftime lead over the Seminoles.
The Jaguars came out in the second half with a sense of urgency as defensive end Geomary Smith had a fumble recovery, giving the Jaguars excellent field position. Trini Charlton added to the score on a 9-yard touchdown run and Pedro Popoco’s extra point, giving the Jags a 20 to 0 lead. By the end of the third quarter, the Jaguars’ defense continued to destroy all chances for the Seminoles as Jajuan Perkins had six solo tackles and one interception. The Jags punt return specialist Kyl Francis scored on a 55-yard punt return, with Pedro Popoco’s extra point giving the Jaguars a 27 to 0 lead.
The Jaguars QB Treveze Robinson passed for 203 yards, connecting with Janorriss Cunningham 5 for 68 yards, Jaleell Reynolds 3 for 95 yards and Trini Charlton 3 for 33 yards, giving the Jags a balanced attack.
The Jaguars’ defense proved to be a dominant force over the Seminoles until a screen pass gave the Seminoles their first score of the game and completed the 2-point conversion to close out the game 27 to 8.
“We were trying for a shut-out, but they called the right play at the right time,” said Jaguars’ defensive back Jajuan Perkin. “We have a good defense that works hard on getting to the ball by any means necessary. The aggressive play from our defensive players’ limit the individual stats that players like to see, but give me pleasure to know that my teammates are aggressive, assertive, and dominate while playing with a lot of attitude.” During our post-game meeting Coach Fuller always expounds on the fact that it was a team victory,” said Perkins.
The Jaguars’ defense is equipped with several players who will continue playing football at the next level. Defensive end Eric Bethea is leading the Big Bend in sacks while on the opposite side Geomary Smith continues to be the opponents’ nightmare.
The East Gadsden Jaguars (7 – 1) will travel to DeFuniak Springs Friday night, Nov. 2, to clash with Walton High Braves (3 – 6) in its final 4A district game.