THOMAS JEFFERSON 26, KENTRIDGE 19 (OT)
Play: Toss sweep
Down and distance: Second-and-5 from the Kentridge 20
Time remaining: Overtime
Score at the time: 19-19
What happened: Kentridge tied the game on a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, Jefferson had lost quarterback J’sais McKinley-Johnson to what they would later learn was a season-ending ACL tear and lost Leontre Griffin to an ankle injury for which he’ll miss four weeks. So what wasn’t going wrong for Jefferson? Then Jayvon Buckley happened. He broke free for a 20-yard touchdown run in overtime, diving into the right corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score. Buckley finished with 14 carries for 96 yards. “We were just trying to get the first down, keep moving the sticks,” Jefferson coach Scott Morgan said. Needless to say, Morgan needed Buckley to step up with the loss of McKinley-Johnson and Griffin. Jefferson’s defense then kept Kentridge scoreless to ensure the victory in each team’s opening game of the season.
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