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October 3, 2001


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Jefferson loses battle with clock, falls 28-21 to Social Circle
In what head coach Bob Gurley termed "the worst team performance we've had all season," the Jefferson Dragons endured their second loss of the season Friday, 28-21 at Social Circle. In addition to turning the ball over three times, Jefferson failed to control the game clock in crucial situations, and Social Circle capitalized each time.
"We can point to that as the cause of the loss," Gurley said of his team's poor performance against the game clock, "but I can look at the film and point to 29 other things as well. We were unmotivated, and we had a lack of intensity throughout the game. When you come out that flat, you hope you can play well enough to get through it. We didn't play well enough, and Social Circle played a good game. We were climbing out of a hole all night long, and we had too many missed opportunities."
Social Circle took the opening possession for the game's first score, while Jefferson struggled offensively in the first quarter. The first Dragon drive ended on a fumble, but the second drive was a greater loss. A high snap on a Social Circle punt attempt gave Jefferson an easy sack and possession of the ball just 30 yards away from the end zone, but a holding penalty and two sacks led to the drive netting a negative 15 yards. Tyler Murphy punted the ball dead at the Social Circle 10, but the host Redskins drove 90 yards to score as the first-quarter clock expired. The PAT attempt failed, and Jefferson trailed, 13-0.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Jackson Herald.




Leopards to host Spartans Friday
Friday night will not be the best time for one of the state's top-ranked teams in Class AA to come to Homer.
The Leopards are without their leading rusher and tackler Seth Brownlee, who succumbed to a shoulder injury in last week's game with East Hall. Banks County is also coming off two scoreless weeks of football and a game last week that saw seven fumbles with five turnovers.
"With Brownlee out, we're going to move a few people around and see what we can do," head coach Greg Moore said. "We're not going to change what we're doing a whole lot because when it starts clicking, it'll start clicking."
Greater Atlanta Christian brings a 4-0 team to Bobby Morris Field this weekend. GAC has outscored its opponents 128-46 in four games thus far. Last week, the Spartans pouned White County 36-3.
"They are extremely big," Moore said. "Their nose guard weighs 285 and he's a good player."
GAC runs the I-formation on offense, with speed in the backfield. Defensively, the Spartans are a straight-50 team.
"We're going to try to control the ball and keep it away from them," Moore said. "Their tailback can score on you at any time."


Ladies of fall take center stage this week
With the arrival of October, area softball and volleyball teams are preparing to close out their seasons. Area tournaments are going on this week at various locations, but teams within the Mainstreet Newspapers coverage area aren't having to travel very far.
The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting both the 8-AAA/AA and 8-A slow-pitch softball area tournaments, and Jackson County Comprehensive High School will be the site of the 8-AAA area volleyball tournament Saturday. Madison County is hosting the 8-AAA fast-pitch softball tournament.
The 8-AAA/AA slow-pitch event will be the first to wrap up, finishing tonight at Lamar Murphy Park. During Tuesday's opening rounds, Jackson County defeated Banks County before falling to Elbert County in round two. Banks County's season ended with a convincing defeat at the hands of Washington-Wilkes. Washington and Jackson County were to square off today for the final sectional playoff spot.
8-AAA/AA SLOW-PITCH
Elbert County's wins Tuesday over Washington-Wilkes and Jackson County guaranteed the Lady Devils a spot in next weekend's state sectional event at Lanier Point.
8-A SLOW-PITCH
Meanwhile, Jefferson was to open its 8-A area tournament today, also at Lamar Murphy Park. The Lady Dragons are the top seed, and earned a bye in round one. They were to face the winner of today's Rabun Gap - Lincoln County game later this evening.
Commerce was to open against Warren County today at 4:30 p.m., then face Buford if they win the opener. If Commerce downs Buford and Jefferson gets through its first game unscathed, the two rivals would meet Thursday at 4 p.m.
8-AAA VOLLEYBALL
Jackson County's VolleyCats will host the opening rounds of the 8-AAA area tournement Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Cats will take on Hart County, while Madison County is playing Monroe Area across the gym. Subsequent rounds will follow throughout the day, and the semifinal match is set for a 6 p.m. start.
The 8-AAA volleyball championship will be hosted Tuesday at 7 p.m. by the winner of Saturday's semifinal match.
8-AAA FAST-PITCH
Jackson County's fast-pitch softball team earned an opening-round win in thrilling fashion over Stephens County Tuesday, 5-4 in nine innings.
Down 3-0 in the fourth inning, Jackson County rallied to tie in the bottom half. Courtney Franklin drove in two runs with what looked to be a routine infield ground out. The covering infielder fired to third base for the out, but the throw was wild and the tying runs crossed over. Pitcher Brandi Townsend held Stephens in check for the remainder of the game.
Stephens drove a run across in the eighth on a sacrifice and a shallow single, but Jackson County knotted it again when Haley Freeman pushed Kayla McNeal across with a single up the middle.
Stephens County looked to have the game in hand in the ninth, as the Lady Indians loaded the bases with one out, but Townsend recorded a crucial strikeout and an easy infield popup ended the threat.
Hannah Freeman lined hard to first base in the bottom half of the ninth, and the Stephens infielder couldn't come up with the ball. Callie McGinnis came across for the game-winning run.
Jackson County will meet Hart County Thursday at 2 p.m. at Madison County. If the Lady Panthers win, they will play at 10 a.m. Saturday, likely against Madison County. A loss Thursday would mean a trip to the consolation bracket, and a 6 p.m. matchup with Elbert County.




Tigers Carry Big Road Win Over Lincoln County Into Athens Academy Match Up
While Commerce's 13-12 come-from-behind win over Lincoln County will be savored in the 2001 scrapbook, it will also give a boost to a young Tiger team that has some top-notch competition ahead of them in the next couple of weeks.
Commerce, who picked up two late scores Friday to down Lincoln County for the third time in a row, has Athens Academy looming on the schedule this Friday and Washington-Wilkes to tangle with next week.
"This win (over Lincoln County) will give us confidence because we're a young team and really hadn't had a big win yet," quarterback Rob Brown said after the win over the Red Devils Friday night. "We had beaten teams like Walhalla but this was Lincoln County."
The mission for the Tigers is to now find a way to get past Athens Academy-perhaps the most dangerous offensive team on the Tigers' schedule.
The Spartans are led by all-state quarterback and University of Georgia signee Joe Tereshinski Jr., who racked up 2,023 yards and 17 scores through the air last year.
But head coach Steve Savage pointed out that the standout quarterback isn't the lone weapon in their arsenal.
"They'll be the best football team we'll play this year," Savage said. "Not only do they have a good quarterback, they've got a good running back in Trey Young. They also have a lot of receivers that can catch the ball...And the offensive line is the best we've seen. For us to stop them it will take a supreme effort defensively."
Other key players on the offense side of the ball include wide receiver David Allen, who snagged 62 passes last year for 1,105 yards, and senior offensive lineman Brad Brezina.
The head coach said that while the Spartans' offense is based in the I-formation, their scheme is much more complex than that.
"They show you a lot of different formations," he said.
Savage also said that the Spartans' defense-which lines up in the "50"- has traditionally given the Tigers headaches.
"Athens Academy's defense has always given us problems," he said. "They always play us tough. We've had a lot of close games. It will be a tough challenge."
The Spartan defensive unit is led by lineman Adam Evans and linebackers Brezina and John Tereshinski.
The Commerce Tigers lead the series against the Spartans 8-1, including a 20-15 win last year in which Monté Williams romped for 306 yards on just 19 carries.
The two teams have become familiar foes over the past 11 seasons, meeting eight times since 1990.


MCHS squeezes by Warren Co.
Raiders force two crucial miscues in 14-7 win. Madison County has rushed down the field like an avalanche at times this year. Not so Friday night. The yards came as slow as inches in a tug of war.
But the Raiders forced two crucial miscues and grabbed a hard-fought 14-7 win over a quick Warren County team.
"I didn't think we were very sharp, but we did what was necessary to beat a solid team," said Raider coach Tom Hybl, whose squad improved to 4-1.
Hybl said Warren County was as tough on defense as any team Madison County has faced.
"They have tremendous athletes who can run," said Hybl. "They are well-coached on defense."
Neither offense showed much success. Madison County managed just 134 total yards of offense to Warren County's 143.
The game's first key play came in the second quarter in a scoreless game. Travis Calloway punted the ball to the Screaming Devil four-yard line. Madison County sacked the Warren County quarterback and Dustin Walker recovered the fumble at the three-yard line. Two plays later, Raider quarterback Jonathan Pou carried the ball in from the one yard line to put Madison County up 6-0. The PAT failed.
Tony Freeman sacked the Warren County quarterback on the Screaming Devils' next possession, forcing another fumble, which was returned by Kevin Cash to the Warren County 13.
Richard Stowers carried the ball in from one yard out with 5:23 to go in the first half. Pou's pass to Tony Freeman was good on the two-point conversion attempt and the Raiders led 14-0.
Warren County's lone score came with 4:15 to go in the third quarter on a three-yard run by Raphael Meyers.
Hybl said several people turned in notable performances. He said Josh Moyer, who led the team with 14 tackles, played "his best game of the year." Others Hybl praised include Steve Austin, Kevin Cash and Richard Stowers, who the coach said ran the ball hard. Hybl said Calloway's punting was crucial to the Raiders' success and he lauded B.J. Johnson's performance in the secondary with a cast on his arm.

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LOCAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULES/RESULTS

  Banks County
  (1-4-0)
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 0-28
10/5 GAC 0-48
10/12 at Apalachee -
10/19 Lumpkin Co. -
10/26 at Union Co. -
11/2 Rabun Co. -
11/9 at White Co. -

  Commerce
  (3-2-0)
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 13-12
10/5 at Ath Acad 7-34
10/12 Wash-Wilkes -
10/26 Wesleyan -
10/2 at Jefferson -
10/9 Buford -

  Jackson County
  (0-4-0)
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 3-51
10/5 at Eastside 7-47
10/12 Loganville -
10/19 at Franklin -
10/26 Winder-Barrow -
11/2 Stephens Co -
11/9 at Monroe Area -

  Jefferson
  (3-2-0)
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 21-28
10/5 Oglethorpe Co 21-6
10/12 Lndmrk Christ -
10/26 at Buford -
11/2 Commerce -
11/9 at Wesleyan -

  Madison County
  (5-1-0)
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 14-7
10/5 Union Grove 35-6
10/19 at Wesleyan -
10/26 at Union Grove -
11/2 Athens Christian -


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