TAMPA — The Jefferson Dragons faced the King Lions in a Class 6A-District 8 matchup Friday night. Jefferson demonstrated why it has one of the most potent offenses in the county, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter en route to defeating King.
At halftime, Jefferson had a 19-0 lead but the game was still within reach for King. However, on the Dragons' first play of the third quarter, quarterback Deiondre Porter connected with Derrick Ingram for a 67-yard touchdown.
King immediately responded on the first play of its following drive when Lions quarterback Darrian Wright ran for a 77-yard touchdown to spark the crowd.
The Dragons' offense proved to be too much for the Lions to match, though. Jefferson had 224 yards passing and 173 yards rushing compared to King's 91 yards passing and 101 yards on the ground.
Porter, who has verbally committed to the University of South Florida, threw five touchdowns and had one rushing touchdown in the win.
“This was a big district game,” Porter said. “It feels good that we played to the best of our ability and executed the plays we needed to.”
Jefferson 19 0 14 7 — 40
King 0 0 13 3 — 16
J - Porter 1 run (Pena kick)
J - Ingram 70 pass from Porter (kick failed)
J - Porter 5 run (kick failed)
J - Ingram 67 pass from Porter (Pena kick)
J - Pownell 24 pass from Porter (Pena kick)
J - Bryant 24 pass from Porter (Pena kick)
K - Wright 77 run (Bader kick)
K - Taylor 9 run (kick failed)
K - FG Bader 44