BLAKELY, Ga. -- Two touchdown passes.

One 2-point conversion pass thrown successfully.

A kickoff returned for a score.

A safety on an errant snap over the punter's head.

A successful onsides kick attempt.

A blocked punt returned for a toucndown.

And an unlikely interception by defensive lineman Kaelob Duffel.

Thomas County Central may not have been in midseason form according to head coach Ashley Henderson, but the Jackets covered up their errors by impressive scoring Friday night, hammering Early County 45-20 at Standifer Field on a muggy evening.

"We've been preaching for the last year, year and a half on overcoming adversity," Henderson said. "It wasn't perfect tonight by no stretch. We didn't score there until halfway through the first quarter. But once we got it rolling, we got it rolling. 

The Jackets (1-0) dominated defensively and they set up TCC's offense on several scores. 

"That certainly helps when you have that short porch" Henderson said. "It makes it a lot easier."

Quarterback Kalique Guyton put TCC on the board less than four minutes into the game when he tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to DJ Walden, then Dondell Green connected with Kai Brown on the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

On Early's ensuing possession, Duffel tipped a pass over the line of scrimmage and came down with his own interception, setting the Jackets up with a first down at the Bobcat 30. 

Duffel's pick appeared to deflate Early's hopes.

"That was a big play," Henderson said. "He's an athletic big man, so he did a nice job of batting the ball and keeping it alive.That's a big man's dream right there. But there's 10 other guys on the field doing their jobs to help set that up. But that was a really good individual effort." 

That set up a 3-yard touchdown plunge with 35 seconds left to make it 15-0 after the extra point attempt.

Ra'Shun Jackson tackled Early County's punter in the end zone for a safety after an errant snap to make it 17-0, then on the ensuing kick, Tykeem Wallace went 60 yards for a score to make it 24-0.

Persean Taylor tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Zendai Brooks to make it 31-0 at halftime.

The Jackets didn't stop there.

Early in the third quarter, TCC blocked a punt that Trandis Wright scooped and rambled 10 yards for a score to make it 38-0.

But after Early County scored its first touchdown on a 59-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Brayden Enfinger to Jay Pittman, Green answered with a 4-yard scoring run to make it 45-6 with 5:24 left in the third quarter.

Early's JD Caesar scored two touchdowns, one late in the third quarter and another midway through the final quarter. 

But it was a solid effort from the Jackets, who will play host to arch-rival Thomasville next week.

"We made plays, a bunch of different plays," Henderson said. "We got a ton of kids into the game and a ton of kids got touches. I was really proud of our guys."

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