Fifth-ranked Jefferson (10-1) tackles No. 2 Blessed Trinity in second round Friday in Roswell
By DAVID THACKHAM
JEFFERSON — As Alex Corbett recalls, the normally boisterous Memorial Stadium became nearly silent after last season’s overtime loss to Blessed Trinity.
Only one feeling remained: A small vibration in the back of Corbett’s helmet as Blessed Trinity fans loudly celebrated their victory, which knocked the Dragons out of the Class AAA state playoffs.
This year, with the chance of redemption on the line, the center said he was dedicated to flipping the script.
“It was a sense of shock,” said Corbett after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s something that’s stuck with me ever since then. We saw them on our side of the bracket when we first got to the playoffs this year, and we wanted to play them ever since.”
The fifth-ranked Dragons (10-1) got their wish, and will face the undefeated No. 2 Titans (10-0-1) in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs this Friday at Blessed Trinity Stadium in Roswell.
Jefferson’s offense is powered by standout sophomore running back Colby Wood (2,027 yards so far this season), who leads the state in touchdowns (32). Part of his success, according to Wood, has been his experienced offensive line, which returned four starters over the offseason.
The line has paved the way for the Dragons to put up an average of 274 rushing yards per game so far this season.