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The football stadium at East Jessamine is called The Jungle. On Friday night in Nicholasville, the Jaguars seemed to be lying in wait for the arrival of the Owen County Rebels.
East Jessamine jumped in front early and never looked back as they defeated Owen County 49-0. The loss dropped the Rebels to 3-3 on the season.
East Jessamine junior Cameron Thomas ran the ball only 11 times Friday night and made the most of his opportunities. Four times in the first half, he took the handoff and went the distance. Thomas finished the night with 201-yards rushing.
Thomas was not the only one doing the scoring.
East Jessamine senior Austin Hager scored on two of his three carries, propelling the Jaguars to a 42-0 lead at halftime.
A year ago when these two teams faced off at Owen County, it was Hager who had the big night running the football.
On that October night, he carried the pigskin 26 times for 181 yards and a touchdown.
The Jaguar defense also had a good showing last year, returning two interceptions for touchdowns in the 22-0 win over the Rebels.
This year, East Jessamine did all of its damage on the ground as they rushed the ball for 387 yards for the game. They didn’t have any passing yards the entire evening.
While the Jaguars were having their way on offense, the Rebels were limited to just 52 yards rushing and 67 yards passing.
With the win East Jessamine improved to 5-1.
Things do not get any easier as the Rebels prepare to open up district play. Their opponent will be DeSales at Patterson Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Colts are coming to Owenton after a 26-21 loss at Fern Creek Friday night.
After Friday night, the Rebels will have just one home game left this season. Senior night will be Oct. 22 against Christian Academy of Louisville.