For the first time since 1992, there is an undefeated regular season team in Rutherford County football. Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy has done it...a perfect 11-0.
East Rutherford did the same thing back in 1992, but Thomas Jefferson did so on November 2nd of 2018, 26 years later. Last Friday, it was a very physical and even rough at times with Union Academy. However, Thomas Jefferson kept their composure by winning 42-14 behind the running of Cody Maxwell with the assistance of Nomi McMullens.
Defensively, they also were solid as they held the visiting Cardinals to around 100 yards offense.
Eight seniors were honored on senior night and Coach Jerry Cash wasn't shy to talk about two of them.
"We just have a senior quarterback that refuses to lose (Nomi McMullens)" Cash said. "Tonight, I felt like Tysun Beaver played one of his best games all year. Beaver was all over the quarterback tonight."
But Cash also talked about making a little history as well on Friday.
"It's very difficult to do, going undefeated in the regular season," Cash said. I don't think I have a comparison to a team that overcome so many injuries and finish the regular season like this. These kids give unbelievable effort, they do exactly what you need them to do and they are great to coach," Cash said.
TJCA should get a first round bye as the playoff brackets will not be released until 11-10-18 and likely a 1-seed out of the 1A West.
Going undefeated in the regular season of football here in Rutherford County...I don't know if we will ever see that again for a long time, but I could be wrong. The Gryphons are continuing to evolve a football program, but not just in high school. That's why I still question whether there is more to come in the next few years. East Rutherford and R-S Central aren't too bad in JV football right now either, but what that turns out to be in the next two or three years remains to be seen as well.
The Cavs ended the regular season with an easy 49-7 win over East Gaston last week. They also enter the playoffs with a 9-2 record. It's the best record they had since 2005 and they will play in the first round of the playoffs as either an 8 or 9 seed on 11-16-18.
Chase at R-S Central
Chase ended the regular season on a winning note as they beat R-S Central 43-28 last week. Chase led by 17 early, but Central overcame that to take the lead at 28-27. Chase scored the last 15 to go on and win. Central has played better the last couple of weeks for the exception of fumbles, but the Trojans proved that they were the better team this season. It was the first time in six years that Chase had beaten R-S Central on the football field.
Noah Hudgins also had a career high game for the Hilltoppers on 27 carries for 185 yards and three scores. Chase (4-7, 2-3) could make the playoffs, but likely will not. R-S Central (2-7, 1-4) ends the season with a number of kids returning next year.
Kevin Harvick cemented his spot to Homestead as he won in Texas last Sunday. I am not really surprised since Harvick has been remarkable on the 1.5-mile tracks this season. This weekend, the series heads to Phoenix and that is possibly Harvick's best track. As of now, Harvick and Logano will race for a championship in Miami. Kyle Busch and Truex hold on to third and fourth. However, if Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola or Kurt Busch win this weekend, it could jumble up the top four. I am going to pick Elliott, even though I feel Truex deserves to be in the final four, he will barely miss out.