Tina Atkins/For the Times The Red Boiling Springs High surrendered 35 consecutive points in Friday evening’s setback at Jackson County.

Tina Atkins/For the Times

The Red Boiling Springs High surrendered 35 consecutive points in Friday evening’s setback at Jackson County.

GAINESBORO -- The Red Boiling Springs High School football team hoped to get its first win of the season as the Bulldogs traveled to Jackson County Friday night. However, the Bulldogs must wait at least another week for that to happen as Jackson County was able to knock off the visitors on homecoming night, 48-12.

"We have to play better and handle adversity better," RBS head coach Matt Swoner said.

The Bulldogs lost senior linebacker Walker Reynolds on the second possession of the game to a concussion.

"We never recovered mentally when Walker left the game," Swoner said.

Jackson County -- which finished 2-8 last season, missing the playoffs for only the third time over the last 10 seasons -- scored on its third play from scrimmage, connected on a quick screen pass that resulted in a 65-yard touchdown.

The Bulldogs responded as eight-grade quarterback Aubrey Link completed a 17-yard pass to senior tight end Dalton Thompson. However, on the next play, Link's pass was tipped in the air and intercepted by Jackson County.

The Blue Devils capitalized on the Bulldogs mistake. With the ball on the Bulldog 35 yard line, the Blue Devil quarterback rolled to the left on second down and converted a 35-yard touchdown pass to create a 13-0 lead.

On the ensuing possession, the Bulldogs rallied and managed to cap off a 60 yard touchdown drive with a 30-yard pass and catch from Link to Thompson, pulling RBS to within seven points late in the first quarter.

Jackson County once again responded quickly.

On its first play in the second quarter, on a third-and-9 play, junior tailback Wid Robbins caught a screen pass and scampered 60 yards for a touchdown to extend the margin to 14 points.

The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their following possession and were forced to punt. Jackson County (2-2) was able to block the punt of junior Michael Mathews and scoop the ball up and return it for a touchdown.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, its offense would sputter for the remainder the first half. After two consecutive three-and-outs from the Bulldogs, Jackson County was able to respond with consecutive touchdowns before the break, extending the lead to 41-6 at halftime.

Things didn't look any better coming out the locker room for the Bulldog defense as the Blue Devils lined up on their opening possession and took the first play to the end zone for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs (0-3) added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter, another 30-yard pass from Link to Thompson.

"Were not a very smart football team right now," Swoner said. "Mental mistakes throughout the game on both sides of the ball are making it difficult for us to be successful."

Link completed 11 of 17 pass attempts for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

"For the most part, Aubrey threw the ball well and made some big throws," Swoner said.

Thompson finished with nine receptions for 135 yards.

The Bulldogs compiled 230 yards total offense, a considerable improvement from its previous contest against Monterey (producing 37 total yards in a 47-6 loss).

Red Boiling Springs travels to Cedar Hill for a Region 4-1A contest against Jo Byrns on Friday night.

Jo Byrns has lost its first four contest, including a 35-14 setback at Houston County last Friday.

The Bulldogs suffered a 45-0 loss to visiting Jo Byrns last season.

"Jo Byrns is well-coached and tough at home," Swoner said. "We have to be able to handle ourselves better in a tough environment."