Aggies thump Tigers

Published 10:27 pm Friday, September 13, 2013

Jackson High School entered its showdown with Greenville High School ranked third in Class 5A.

On Friday night, it proved its ranking is well deserved.

The Aggies (3-0, 2-0 Class 5A, Region 3) cruised to a 49-6 win over the Tigers (1-2, 1-1 Class 5A, Region 3) at Legion Field in Jackson.

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The Aggies led by just two scores at the intermission, but put the game out of reach in second half, thanks in part to a sputtering Greenville offense that often set the Jackson offense up with excellent field position.

On Greenville’s first two possessions of the second half, junior punter Myles Haynes was forced to punt from inside the Greenville 15. On his first attempt, he was unable to handle the snap and the Aggies pounced on the ball in the end zone for their first of five second-half touchdowns.

Greenville’s offense, which entered the contest averaging 33.5 points per game, failed to find its way into the end zone.

A fumble recovery in the end zone by the Greenville defense helped the Tigers avoid being shutout for the first time since 2007 when Eufaula topped Greenville 14-0.

The Tigers will be back in action next Friday when they play host to region-rival Citronelle High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.