Taylorsville defender Chanton McCray (24) stuffs a Jeff Davis ball carrier in the first half Thursday night. 

On a night where Taylorsville’s 46 points told a tale of offensive dominance, the defense was equally, if not more impressive.

Seven times Tartars' Week 3 foe Jefferson Davis County entered or began in Taylorsville territory Thursday night only to be denied points by its defense. Limiting the Jaguars' run-heavy offense to 14 points, 2A Taylorsville defeated 3A Jefferson Davis County 46-14 at home in Week 3.

"First of all I want to talk about the coaching staff on the defensive side," said Taylorsville head football coach Mitch Evans. "Coach [Mason] Grissom, Coach [Dovavan] Baucum and Coach [Norman] Johnston put together a great plan against a great team. It will not shock me a bit if those guys (Jefferson Davis County) are playing for the 3A south half in late November.

“Our kids believed in what we were coaching and executed the plan tonight.”

All 14 points from Jeff Davis came in the first half, leading to five lead changes. Taylorsville struck first on the team's first play from scrimmage when junior quarterback Ty Keyes hit Tyrese Keyes on a 61-yard strike 18 seconds in. A botched point-after attempt kept the score at 6-0. Jeff Davis answered on the ensuing drive.

Taylorsville regained the lead 12-7 midway through the second quarter on a 58-yard pass from Keyes to Jabez Griffith. A two-point attempt failed soon after.


Taylorsville defensive end Hunter Lee (48) celebrates his sack of Jeff Davis' quarterback Thursday night. 

Jeff Davis countered again on the following drive to create lead change number four - and so would be the last score for the Jaguars Thursday night. Taylorsville scored 34 unanswered points, 28 in the second half to remain unbeaten on the season.

Junior running back Jeffery Pittman electrified the home crowd the most, scoring Tartar touchdowns on runs of 78 and 80 yards - both in the second half. Fellow running back Travis Keyes also had multiple touchdown scrambles.

"If we block for those two backs we got, we're going to be able to run the football," said Evans. "I'm more proud of the offensive line. Because I know what Jeffery can do, he's done it before. And I know what Travis can do. Our offensive line has surprised me three weeks in a row. I should quit being surprised and expect it."

"From the start on Monday," said Pittman when asked when he knew it would be a big night for him. "We came out hyped and ready to play ball. Our line blocked really good [for Travis and me]. Not too many big plays like that come. So I know I got to make the most of them when they do."

Momentum Change:

For the second week in a row, Keyes overcame two-first half picks and kept the offense in stride. Keyes passed for two touchdowns in the first half after tossing the two interceptions. His second TD toss was to Griffith again, this time from 27 yards out on a fourth and 10 play. It gave Taylorsville the lead 18-14 with 1:09 left in the half and began the string of 34 unanswered Tartar points.

Player(s) of the Game:

While the offense made plays necessary for the blowout, so did the defense. The Tartars' defense also stopped Jeff Davis on two-fourth down conversion attempts and created three turnovers.

Quote of the Night:

"Coach [Mason] Grissom, Coach [Dovavan] Baucum and Coach [Norman] Johnston put together a great [defensive] plan against a great team. It will not shock me a bit if those guys (Jefferson Davis County) are playing for the 3A south half in late November." - Taylorsville head coach Mitch Evans.

Sports Editor

James is a graduate of Stringer High School and Jones County Junior College. He is an award-winning AP and MS Press photographer, writer, and layout designer.

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