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Avery quarterback Tre Jackson scrambles to throw as TJCA’s Efrim Borders chases from behind.
Photo by Josh Bare

Originally published: 2013-09-11 12:47:47
Last modified: 2013-09-11 12:48:31

Avery football clips Gryphons’ wings, earns second consecutive win

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Football is a game that boils down to success in three areas — offense, defense and special teams — a truth the Avery Vikings taught the Thomas Jefferson Gryphons on Friday, Sept. 6, in a 34-13 Vikings win in Mooresboro.

The Vikings’ defense forced five TJCA turnovers and held the Gryphons to only 98 rushing yards. The Avery special teams averaged more than 40 yards per punt and dominated the field position battle, especially in the second half, while the Big Red’s running game, which began showing signs of life in the previous week’s win at McDowell, was an offensive weapon that strengthened as the game progressed.

Avery outgained TJCA 290 yards to 240 yards in total offense, with 203 AHS yards by rushing the football. Running back Daniel Childress led the Avery charge with 147 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, while quarterback Tre Jackson completed five passes, all to fullback/tight end Austin Phillips, for 87 yards, with a pair of touchdown passes and a rushing score.

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