From start to finish Friday night, Jackson played like the WesCo 4A champion. The Timberwolves, the WesCo 4A North champ, outmatched the...
EVERETT — From start to finish Friday night, Jackson played like the WesCo 4A champion.
The Timberwolves, the WesCo 4A North champ, outmatched the winner of the South, Monroe, 40-0.
Jackson quarterback Conor Plaisance and wide receiver Trey Robinson connected for a pair of first-half touchdowns to lead the Timberwolves’ offense. Robinson had 106 yards receiving, and spent much of the second half on the bench because of the lopsided score.
Getting the offense rolling early was exactly what Jackson coach Joel Vincent — who has won five WesCo championships — had hoped for.
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“I just think in a game of this nature, you always want get off to a quick start,” he said. “In any game of this type and [at] this time of the year, scoring early and getting ahead in the game is really important.”
Timberwolves wide receiver Larry Baker-Bruce rushed for a touchdown in the second quarter, which sent Jackson (8-1) to the half with a 21-point cushion.
The Jackson defense was also dominant, allowing Monroe 59 first-half yards. The Bearcats didn’t cross into Jackson territory until late in the fourth quarter.
After halftime, the Timberwolves continued the domination.
Baker-Bruce had his second touchdown at the 8:28 mark in the third quarter, taking a direct snap and running it in from 4 yards out.
On Monroe’s next possession, a botched snap on its 2-yard-line led to a safety, giving Jackson a 30-0 lead.
It didn’t look like the Monroe (4-5) team that went 3-1 in league play. Two weeks ago, running back Gabe Moore broke the Bearcats’ school record for rushing yards in a game, going for 322 in a win over Arlington.
“I was really, really happy with the way the defense played tonight,” Vincent said. “I can only think of a couple of times where we had a breakdown or a missed assignment, so obviously the kids took to heart the things they learned this week.”
In the first round of the state playoffs, Jackson will face the fourth-place finisher from the SPSL North, and Monroe will play the fourth-place team from the SPSL South.