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Jackson football wins sixth-straight SEMO North Conference title

Senior cornerback TJ Altenthal recorded one of Jackson’s two interceptions en route to the Indians recording their second-straight shutout with a 56-0 win over Sikeston Friday night at The Pit. Photo by Jay Forness

For an unprecedented sixth year in a row, the Jackson football team secured the SEMO North Conference Championship last Friday night at The Pit.

The Indians (5-1, 4-0 SEMO) did so with their second-straight shutout of the season in a 56-0 over Sikeston (0-6, 0-3). Jackson ran out to a 42-0 lead at halftime.

Along with keeping the Bulldogs out of the endzone for the entire duration of the game, the Indians forced three turnovers as cornerbacks senior TJ Altenthal and freshman Blayne Reagan both came up with interceptions on the night.

Offensively, Jackson was led by none other than its star quarterback senior Adrian Fox, who accounted for four touchdowns with two being through the air and the other two coming on the ground. Even though he’s the Indians second-leading rusher, this game was the first time all season Fox has scored a rushing touchdown.

Fox spread the love when it came to his touchdown passes as being on the receiving end were his top two targets in wideouts junior Kai Crowe and senior Blayne Harris.

Finding the endzone on back-to-back drives for Jackson was breakout freshman running back Jaylon Hampton, who has now had multiple touchdowns in all but one game for the Indians so far this season.

Jackson’s defense has now not allowed a single point to be scored since Week 4 of the first half versus Poplar Bluff. The Indians will hope to keep that streak alive and try to pitch a third shutout against Confluence Prep Academy (2-4) this Friday night at home.

Last season, Jackson only needed three quarters to beat Confluence Prep by a score of 76-0 as the game was called after the Indians scored another touchdown quickly to start the second half.

Confluence Prep produced back-to-back shutouts as well over Missouri Military Academy and Soldan International Studies by a combined score of 99-0. However back in Week 4, Confluence Prep fell to Class 1 Crystal City 54-26.

After Week 7, Jackson will face Class 4 teams Holt (4-2) and Festus (4-2) at home and on the road in Week 8 and 9, respectively.

According to MSHSAA, Jackson is currently No. 2 in the Class 6 District 1 standings behind undefeated Seckman (6-0). The Jaguars are currently outscoring opponents by an average of 38.1 points per game at 47.3 points scored to 9.2 points allowed.

Seckman will host the current No. 3 team in the district Oakville (4-2) two weeks from now and will face Class 6 District 3 Pattonville (4-2) next week at home.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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