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September 19, 2001


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MCHS back on gridiron against JHS Dragons
Georgia teams will be back in action Friday, with the 2-1 Madison County Raiders traveling to 2-0 Jefferson at 8 p.m.
All high school games were cancelled last week due to the terrorists' strikes in New York and Washington. Madison County's matchup with North Hall will be postponed untll the end of the season.
The Raiders are still battling injuries and head coach Tom Hybl expects seven to eight players to watch from the sidelines Friday.
Madison County will face a potent offensive team, reportedly improved over last year's squad which the Raiders dismantled 37-0 in monsoon conditions in Danielsville. Jefferson has defeated Athens Christian 40-6 and Banks County 35-7 this season.
The Dragons are led by sophomore running back Courtney Wiley (#32), who has rushed for 489 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries in two games.
Senior quarterback Kyle Potts (#15) has completed 15 of 24 passes for 152 yards and two interceptions.
Hybl said Jefferson will be tough to beat.
"They've got a great team," said Hybl. "Their quarterback throws the ball as well as anybody we've seen since I've been here. They have an excellent running back who could be the next great thing that comes out of that county."
Jefferson head coach Bob Gurley also had good things to say about the Raiders, particularly junior Tony Freeman, who has been a force out of the backfield for Madison County this year and is coming off a 15-carry, 203-yard, 3-TD performance against Jackson County.
"(Tony) Freeman is a good runner," said Gurley. "He's the best back we've seen up to this point. Madison County is the best team we've seen to this point....The key to their offense is to control the line of scrimmage."




JV Leopards to face Dawson
With two games already behind them, the Banks County junior varsity Leopards are looking to down the Dawson County TIgers Thursday.
"I've seen a big difference in the way we played between the first quarter and then the fourth quarter of our first game," coach Tracey Brown said. "This is a good chance to give these players some experience. They never get a chance to practice on their own."
The Leopards will travel to Dawson for a 5:30 p.m. game Thursday. Last week, Banks fell 26-6 to Jefferson.
Banks' Alvin Thomas gave the Leopards their only score against the Dragons.
Thomas ran the ball five yards around the left side for the score.
In the Leopards' opening bout with Commerce, Banks fell 20-14.
"We were driving near the end but the clock just ran out on us," Brown said.
Banks County scored its first touchdown off Chase Martin's 65-yard punt return for a score in the third quarter to cut Commerce's lead to 20-6.
Thomas secured the Leopards' second score off a 45-yard run around the right side.
Banks picked up a two-point conversion to set the score at 20-14.


Panther runners burn up East Jackson course
JACKSON County's cross country teams turned in impressive performances last week in a home meet against Franklin County, Prince Avenue and Clarke Central.
Jackson County's home meets are held near the East Jackson Elementary School construction site.
Kelly Parr finished first overall for the boys, running in 17:29. Daniel Elder was third, at 17:58. Michael Rudio (17), Adam Hughes (20) and Mitch David (22) finished the scoring for Jackson County.
Eighth-grader Rob Butler finished first among JV runners, at 22:25. Butler's time would have put him in the top 30 among the more than 50 varsity runners.
For the girls, Christina Nowak placed third with a time of 23:51. Megan Lerette was ninth, with Nicole Rizzo (14) and Nikki DuBose (19) both in the top 20.
The Panthers will run at Carrollton Saturday, in an event that was postponed last week by the Georgia High School Association.



Tigers Look For Second Win Of Year In Program's First Out-Of-State Contest
Commerce will go out of state this Friday looking for its second win of the year.
The Tigers' matchup against Walhalla (S.C) High School will be Commerce's first-ever contest outside Georgia.
Commerce, like every other high school team in the state, is coming off a one-week hiatus due to the cancellation of all athletic events last Friday and Saturday due to the recent events in New York and Washington.
The last time the Tigers took the field they turned the ball over three times in the first half in a 35-14 Sept. 7 loss on the road to Forsyth Central.
Head coach Steve Savage said his team must rebound this Friday night.
"We didn't play well last game," said Savage whose Tigers are currently ranked seventh in the state by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. "We need to pick it up and start playing like we can play."
Savage said Friday's night contest with Walhalla would put his defense against a squad that gives several different looks on the offensive side of the ball.
"Walhalla is a multiple team on offense," he said. "They have a lot of sets and do a lot of different things."
Things will be a bit more conventional on the defensive side of the ball however, as the Razorbacks will set up in the "shade 50."
"A lot of teams run that defense," he said.
Friday night's matchup against Walhalla will the two schools' second on the gridirion. The teams paired up last year with Commerce topping the Razorbacks 32-14.
In that contest Commerce built a 32-0 third quarter edge behind the running of seniors Monté Williams and Michael Collins who combined for 281 yards on the ground and five scores.


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LOCAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULES/RESULTS

  Banks County
  (1-2-0)
Date Opponent Score
8/31 at JCCHS 12-7
9/7 Jefferson 7-35
9/21 Dawson Co. 0-28
9/28 at East Hall -
10/5 GAC -
10/12 at Apalachee -
10/19 Lumpkin Co. -
10/26 at Union Co. -
11/2 Rabun Co. -
11/9 at White Co. -

  Commerce
  (2-1-0)
Date Opponent Score
8/31 Franklin Co 29-13
9/7 at Forsyth Ctrl 14-35
9/14 Morgan Co ppd.
9/21 at Walhalla, SC 35-24
9/28 at Lincoln Co -
10/5 at Ath Acad -
10/12 Wash-Wilkes -
10/26 Wesleyan -
10/2 at Jefferson -
10/9 Buford -

  Jackson County
  (0-2-0)
Date Opponent Score
8/31 Banks Co 7-12
9/7 at Madison Co 7-35
9/14 at Elbert Co ppd.
9/28 Hart -
10/5 at Eastside -
10/12 Loganville -
10/19 at Franklin -
10/26 Winder-Barrow -
11/2 Stephens Co -
11/9 at Monroe Area -

  Jefferson
  (2-1-0)
Date Opponent Score
8/31 Athens Christian 40-6
9/7 at Banks Co 35-7
9/14 at Johns-G'ville ppd.
9/21 Madison Co 11-14
9/28 at Social Circle -
10/5 Oglethorpe Co -
10/12 Lndmrk Christ -
10/26 at Buford -
11/2 Commerce -
11/9 at Wesleyan -

  Madison County
  (3-1-0)
Date Opponent Score
8/24 South Forsyth 0-17
9/1 Apalachee 36-3
9/7 Jackson Co 35-7
9/14 at North Hall ppd.
9/21 at Jefferson 14-11
9/28 Warren Co -
10/5 Union Grove -
10/19 at Wesleyan -
10/26 at Union Grove -
11/2 Athens Christian -


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