McFerrin on Jefferson’s historic 53-51 win: ‘I have never been in a game like that’

If it wasn’t the wildest playoff game this post-season, perhaps it was just the best.

Jefferson blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, then survived three overtimes to beat Fitzgerald 53-51. Jefferson became only the third team in state history to win a playoff game despite giving up 50 points.

‘’Everyone who talked to me said the same thing: It was the greatest football game they had ever seen,’ ‘’ said Jefferson’s T. McFerrin, in his 35th season as a head coach in Georgia. “I have never been in a game like that in all of my career. Neither team deserved to lose that game. Fitzgerald has a great team and played even greater.’’

Jefferson had a 31-16 lead in the final quarter but couldn’t hold it and got it to overtime only when Wesley Simonton blocked a 33-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in regulation.

In the third overtime, which requires that both team go for two-point conversions after touchdowns, Jefferson quarterback Bryant Shirreffs – who has over 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing on the season – threw a TD pass and a conversion to fullback Tristen Jackson.

Simonton, Hanon Price (16 solo tackles) and Tradd Porter (10 solo tackles, six assists) combined to make the stop on Fitzgerald’s two-point attempt.

The victory was historic. Jefferson extended its school-record winning streak to 12 games and is in the semifinals for the first time since 1977. McFerrin, who came out of five years of retirement to take the Jefferson job in 2009,  is in the semifinals with his fifth different school, which is a state record.

Ron Swain scored five touchdowns for Fitzgerald, which became only the third team ever to lose a playoff game while scoring 50 points. The others were Stephens County (2007 to Chamblee) and South Cobb (2004 to Collins Hill).

4 comments Add your comment

Hubert Green

December 3rd, 2012
4:57 pm

T Mcferrin can coach!


December 3rd, 2012
6:40 pm

Indeed this was a fantastic game. Coach T said it best, “Neither team deserved to lose.” As an ardent Jefferson booster, I thought the Fitzgerald fans represented their community well; very supportive of their team but still classy in their behavior. Go Dragons!

Michael Helms

December 3rd, 2012
10:26 pm

It’s exciting and impressive to watch an offense work that well at the AA level. The halfback pass on third and ten in the third overtime was an impressive call. Even though it wasn’t completed, it did get a pass interference call that kept the drive alive. The players have to make the plays, but there are some sharp offensive minds clicking fast on the sidelines. Impressive.


December 4th, 2012
9:44 am

When I was a high school football official way back, one of the very best games my crew worked was Coach McFerrin,at Peachtree and Coach Alverson at Southwest DeKalb.Two of the best coaches ever.Didn’t know that “T” was still coaching,glad to see that he is.Best regards to you from the Paul McDowell crew.