To update Dequan Jackson's Story featured in the New York Times, he has been able to satisfy his legal obligations. Dequan continues to strive for success academicly and as a member of the Generals' football team.
Since the story broke some have expressed interest in helping Dequan in attending college and improving his future. All donations for Dequan Jackson and his family can be mailed to Robert E. Lee HS but all checks need to be payable to Dequan Jackson or his mother Shenna Jackson.
In a match up of the oldest high schools in Jacksonville the Lee Generals came up on the winning effort against the Jackson Tigers. From start to finish the Generals defense made Jackson work to move the ball and even gain a first down. The Generals came out aggressive bringing ten defenders on the first Jackson punt, kicking onside kicks early and often, and going for it on 4th down. Though the Generals had a few hiccups throwing 3 interceptions to the Tigers, Jackson was unable to capitalize as the Generals defense was smothering all game.
Opening up the game the Generals scored with Tony Belle working the ground game, putting Lee up 7-0 in the first quarter. The running game sped the clock along and the Generals were on the march when the 2nd Quarter started. The Generals then took it in on the ground with a Derron Martin run for 9 yards. The extra point attempt failed making the score 13-0. Not to be out done Quarterback Derek Jones took the ball to the air connecting with a 16 yard touchdown pass to Tyrique Thomas with under a minute left in the half.
The second half saw much less scoring as the Generals spread the love to the players on the sideline giving opportunity to some of the younger players. Late in the fourth Quarter Coach Small decided to give the seniors opportunity to finish out their careers, where senior Quarterback Josh Middleton connected with senior Rayshun Jones for a 72 yard gain up the Generals sideline. A few plays later Middleton connected with Davonte Johnson for a 25 yard touchdown to cap off a 99-yard drive. The failed two-point conversion left the score 26-0 to close out the game. After the game Coach OJ Small expressed pride in how the seniors stepped up this season and were leaders on a team that improved on a 4-6 record a year prior to 7-3 this season.
The Generals fought hard last night against the Tigers of Columbia, but were outmatched. Struggles on special teams led the Tigers to a 21-3 lead into the 2nd Quarter. The Generals showed some spark when Tony Belle broke a 60+ yard run up the visitors sideline with just over 2 minutes left in the half. The Tigers though halted all momentum with a huge return and score to close out the half 28-10. That was it for the Generals as Columbia closed out the game with a running clock and a 56-10 victory. The Generals loss drops them to 6-3 on the season, an improvement from last season's 4-6 finish. The Generals will play for pride now when they take on the Jackson Tigers in two weeks. The Generals finished with a win against the Tigers last season and hope to do the same this year when they travel to Main Street.
The Generals fell to 6-2 this season and 3-2 in district 3-6A with a 41-6 loss yesterday. The Generals defense held strong against the Commanders until late in the game. The Generals looked visibly tired late as defense was kept on the field for a large portion of the game. With the loss the Generals still have a shot at the playoffs, but are virtually eliminated from winning the district. The Generals will take on the Columbia Tigers next Thursday, with the winner likely walking away with the district runner-up playoff berth.
The Generals' junior varsity football team put up a valiant effort yesterday against the Ed White Commanders scoring 32 points. The Generals fell to 4-3 on the season with the loss however to finish the season. The season shows promise for the future, having held Mandarin and Raines to only 12 points each and putting up over 32 points on a stellar Commander defense.