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Jefferson 42, Washington 7

November 08, 2008|By JOHN O'BRIEN

In 22 years as a football coach at Jefferson High, Mark Hash made his way to the visitors' sideline a few times -- usually to work the chains for JV games.

Friday night, Hash returned to those sidelines as the coach of first-year Washington in the first matchup between the two Jefferson County schools, a game won 42-7 by Jefferson.

The game capped a 2-8 first season for the Patriots, while the Cougars finished 4-6. Jefferson scored the final 28 points of the game.

"It's a little different," admitted Hash, who worked as the team's defensive coordinator before taking over Washington. "You get attached to the kids. They have some really, really good kids at Jefferson.

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"I've been in their corner all year long, just not tonight."

Brandon Hyler and Dewey McDonald each rushed for more than 100 yards for Jefferson, which outgained the Patriots 356-156.

"I don't see a rivalry yet," Jefferson coach Richard Mills said.

"(Washington) played well. They have two good running backs there. I think they'll be solid next year."

One of those running backs played quarterback all night long. Junior Bradley Jackson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 8:38 left in the second quarter and gained 46 yards in the game on 21 carries.

He'd gained his 59th yard on his 10th carry early in the second half, but then Hash said his team's offensive line play regressed as the game went on.

After Jackson scored his touchdown, Hyler scored on a dazzling 30-yard run 37 seconds before halftime. The quarterback rolled right, shook off a tackler then ran all the way to the left sideline and in the end zone, giving the Cougars a 21-7 halftime lead.

Hyler rushed 13 times for 121 yards, while Dewey McDonald picked up 176 yards on 13 carries. His 19-yard touchdown run five minutes into the second half made it 28-7, and Casey Johnson extended the lead three minutes later with a 62-yard punt return.

"Those guys are great athletes," Hash said. "They've got great speed, great moves."

Garrett Grantham finished the scoring with a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Jefferson took the lead on its first possession, a three-play drive covering 66 yards. McDonald ran for 42 of them, the final 25 on his touchdown run. Hyler added a 25-yard run.

McDonald scored on a 38-yard run with 1:01 left in the first quarter.

Mills was obviously happy with the performance of his two workhorses.

"That's every game," he said. "I think our offensive line played a little better. We have most of those guys back. That will probably be our building stone for next year."

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