Borders, Martin shine in win
Mason Martin and Efrim Borders lit the fuse on the powder keg that was the Thomas Jefferson offense in their 51-16 explosion over Robert E. Lee Academy Friday night.
The duo accounted for six of the seven TJCA touchdowns and racked up over 300 all purpose yards. “We did extremely well offensively,” said TJCA head coach Jerry Cash. “We got big games from Mason and Efrim, but Coty Flynn and Trey McGhee also had good games as running backs. Our offensive line opened up some big holes and our younger players got some playing time. Overall, it was a very good night for the first ball game.”
Cash was particularly pleased with Martin’s performance. The junior signal caller was 6-6 through the air for 144 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to Borders. He also rushed for two more scores as part of a 68 yard performance on the ground.
“Mason has all the tools,” said Cash. “He just needs some confidence, and a game like he hadon Friday will go a long way. He’s every bit as good as his brother was. He just needs a little bit more confidence and he is going to be exactly what we need back there.”
“And of course Efrim was Efrim. He is a special talent that any coach would love to have. He can run, he can catch, and he is a weapon in the kicking game.”
Cash points to one play to illustrate his point.
“Lee had just scored and felt like they were back in the game,” he said. “Then they kicked the ball to Efrim, and 80 or 90 yards later he is in the end zone and gave us the momentum right back. With Efrim and Tyler Mitchell back there, I think the kicking game is something we can win every week.”
Even placekicker Mason Fenner got in on the action as he booted a 23-yard field goal to cap the Gryphons scoring late in the fourth quarter.
“We weren’t trying to rub salt in the wound or anything,” said Cash. “We just wanted Mason to be confident and comfortable kicking in a game situation. A game later in the season could come down to a kick like that. It was good experience.”
Cash was also pleased with his defense.
“We stated off a little slow,” he said. “They hit us with a double-reverse pass that we weren’t ready for, but we stopped them inside the 5-yard line. Our first group gave up a score and our second group did too. But I’d say we were above average for the game, especially after a long bus ride.”
Cash and his team must now turn their attention to the Rosman Tigers, the team that ousted the Gryphons from the playoffs last season.
“The kids are a little more excited this week because Rosman ended our season last year,” said Cash. “I’m more worried about what we do than about what they do. If we come out, hold on to the ball, limit the big plays, and do the things we are capable of doing, we should be fine.”