LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULES/RESULTS
BANKS COUNTY LEOPARDS
8/20 Oglethorpe Co. 7:30
9/3 Wesleyan 7:30
9/10 Commerce 7:30
9/17 GAC 7:30
9/24 Rabun Co. 7:30
10/1 Union Co. 7:30
10/8 Lumpkin Co. 7:30
10/15 Buford 7:30
10/22 East Hall 7:30
10/29 Dawson Co. 7:30
8/21 Trion 7:30 p.m.
8/27 @Franklin County 7:30 p.m.
9/3 Morgan County 8 p.m.
9/10 @Banks County 7:30 p.m.
9/17 Lincoln County 8 p.m.
10/2 @North Oconee 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 Social Circle 8 p.m.
Oct. 15 @Jefferson 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 Towns County 8 p.m.
Oct. 29 @Athens Academy 7:30 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY PANTHERS
8/21 @ Cedar Shoals 7:30
8/27 Winder-Barrow 7:30
9/3 @ Madison Co. 7:30
9/10 Hab. Central 7:30
9/17 @ Eastside 7:30
9/24 Rockdale Co. 7:30
10/1 Loganville 7:30
10/15 @ Heritage* 7:30
10/22 @ Salem* 7:30
10/29 Clarke Central 7:30
8/20 at White Co. W23-8
8/27 Warren Co. W 30-14
9/3 at Lumpkin Co. W 28-0
9/10 Whitefield W 23-0
9/17 at Oglethorpe Co. W 30-0
10/1 Athens Academy 7:30
10/8 at Towns Co. 7:30
10/15 Commerce 7:30
10/22 at North Oconee 7:30
10/29 Social Circle 7:30
MADISON COUNTY RAIDERS
8/20 @Franklin Co. 7:30 p.m.
9/3 Jackson Co. 7:30 p.m.
9/10 Eastside 7:30 p.m.
9/17 @Heritage 7:30 p.m.
9/24 @Loganville 7:30p.m.
10/1 Clarke Central 7:30 pm.
10/8 @Hab. Central 7:30 p.m.
10/15 Salem 7:30 p.m.
10/22 Rockdale Co. 7:30 p.m.
10/29 @Cedar Shoals 7:30 p.m.
Leopards head to
Norcross Friday to battle GAC
The Leopards will travel to Norcross Friday to
take on the Spartans from Greater Atlanta Christian. The game
will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Leopards are undefeated on the road and GACs loss to
Westminster came on Spartan territory.
GAC is 2-1, having lost the season opener against Westminster
27-15. The red and gold Spartans defeated Dawson County 31-6
and blasted the Wesleyan Wolves, 34-7, last week.
Last year, the team went 8-2. They lost to Wesleyan and were
shut out by Buford.
Banks County faced GAC at home last year, on Halloween. GAC won
the game, 28-10.
GAC is loaded this year, said Banks County head coach
Greg Moore. They may be the biggest weve seen, I
know they are the best.
Moore said the injury bug is still biting his team,
having put three more players on the sidelines after Fridays
match-up with Commerce.
Were still working on fundamentals, all we can do
is what we can do, he said.
Moore said he is looking for senior leadership from his team,
hoping to turn things around at this point in the season.
When youve lost two in a row, it is a good time for
the seniors to step-up, we really need their leadership right
now to keep the wheels from falling off, he said.
Banks County is 1-2 after beating Oglethorpe, being shut out
by Wesleyan and falling to cross-town rivals Commerce.
Lumpkin and Union counties are also 1-2. Rabun County lost three
so far this season. Banks is scheduled to see Rabun at home Friday,
this be the week?
Two teams with losing streaks set to meet Friday
When Jackson County travels to Eastside this Friday night someone's
losing streak is going to end. The Eagles (0-3 overall, 0-2 Region
8-AAAA) are in the midst of an eight-game skid that dates back
to last year. Jackson County's 28-game losing mark, the longest
in the state, has come close to ending this season but to no
Last week's 20-14 loss to Habersham Central was another frustrating
night for the Panthers and their followers.
The squad play well in the first half, but then sputtered offensively
for much of the second half. A late touchdown drive was as close
as the Panthers got to rallying from 14 points down in the final
This week's challenge is a familar one for Jackson County head
coach Brent Brock. He's got to get his players to continue to
work toward earning a victory despite a close setback the week
Much like the Panthers, the Eagles are a running oriented team
that looks to go to the air sparingly.
Eastside is coming into Friday's match up on the heels of a 24-14
loss at Madison County. Jackson County may be able to exploite
the Eagle defensive front if last week's performances are any
While the Panthers rushed for 168 yards of their 197 yards of
total offense, the Eagles allowed 180 yards and two touchdowns
on the ground in Danielsville.
That statistic could prove telling if Jackson County is able
to get running backs Bo Bonds and Kevin Jarrells going this week.
The duo combined for 175 yards and a touchdown on the ground
against the Raiders.
Thats the personality of our team. Were pretty
much hanging our hat on the rushing game," Brock said. "Bo
is a bruising back, he needs to touch the ball 20 to 25 times
and K.J. has really responded well in the last few weeks."
Jarrells had what would have been Jackson County's biggest play
of the game to that point (a 56-yard touchdown romp down the
right side at the 9:11 mark of the fourth quarter) called back
because of holding. Bonds gave his usual workman-like effort,
carrying the ball 25 times and averaging 4.1 yards per touch.
Last year's meeting in Covington was one of the closer games
played by either team in 2003. The Eagles won that one 27-23
after a furious contest full of big plays on offense.
Despite his team's recent scoreboard failures, Brock remains
optimistic when talking about a group of players that he says
are extremely fun to coach.
With the hard work weve done for the past three seasons
and the way our kids have responded to our coaching staff about
what we need to do to get better, we expect to win every Friday
night. If our young guns arent thinking that way, then,
honestly, we dont have any business playing the game.
Defensively the Panthers were solid for much of the game against
Habersham Central, before fatigue appeared to set in during the
Brock has been pleased with the defensive showings throughout
most of the year so far. It's just the preventing an opposing
team's big plays here and there that needs some work.
We feel good about our defensive football team. The thing
that we were excited about going into the season was that we
thought we had closed the gap on our defense allowing big plays.
But there seems to be one or two letdowns in the course of the
game that seems to be our nemesis right now, Brock said.
Last weeks was a prime example and the Raiders Tavaris King burned
the Panther secondary on two big pass plays. The first, a 54-yard
touchdown pass, helped tie the game at 7-7. The second, a 35-yard
touchdown strike, gave Habersham the lead for good early in the
Football At Its Best
Success Pitted Against Success When Commerce
Faces Lincoln Co.
College football paired its two winningest programs against each
other this past weekend when Michigan squared off against Notre
The same will happen for Class A football in Georgia this Friday
when Commerce and Lincoln County continue their unique rivalry.
Were playing the school thats got more wins
in Class A than anyone in the state and (Lincoln County) coach
(Larry) Campbell has more coaching wins than anybody in the state,
said Commerce head coach Steve Savage, who owns a 4-4 record
against the Red Devils. So youre playing a program
thats at the top. Its fun to play them. You dont
always win. But its fun to play.
Recent statistics only illustrate what everybodys already
come to know when Commerce and Lincoln County get together
its small town football at its best.
According to the latest research compiled by www.footballfridaynight.com,
the two winningest programs in the states smallest classification
will meet in Commerce when the Tigers host the Red Devils for
the 11th installment of the series.
For the rest of this story see this weeks Commerce News.
Jefferson boys post team record
The Jefferson cross country team competed in
a 24-team field comprised of mostly Class AA and AAA schools
at the first annual War Eagle 5-K at Chestatee High School this
past Tuesday. Jefferson was the lone class A school in the meet.
In the girls race Gabby Yates was the top Jefferson finisher
placing 40th in the field of 147 runners. Blake Nelms was the
only Lady Dragon to establish a new personal best time on the
day, running 30:02 for the 5-K race. The JHS top five also included
Vanessa Guzman, Annie James, and Hannah James. Central Gwinnett
won the girls meet and Jefferson placed 17th in the 21-team field.
In the boys race, Cameron Blinn placed 40th in the field of 168
runners, pacing the Dragons with a new personal best and JHS
5-K record of 19:32.
Other JHS runners who had personal best times were: Shawn Blinn
21:07, Britt Cantrell 22:22, Richie Guzman 25:26, BJ Richardson
24:51, Austin Wilson 25:27, Casey Winkle 24:38, and Enrique Zavaleta
The top five boys combined times of 1 hour, 44 minutes,12 seconds
was the best a JHS boy's team has recorded since the cross country
program was restarted three years ago. Jimmy Garrett, Kyle Baird,
and Brandon Burnett rounded out the JHS top five. Greater Atlanta
Christian won the boys meet, with the Dragons placing 16th in
the 24-team field.
Owens trying to beat Heritage program he helped
If you want an example of familiarity breeding a desire to win,
look no further than the Raiders electric brother tandem
of Marcus and Metric Shivers says Randell Owens.
They compete harder against each other than they do the
opponents, the Madison County head coach said. You
dont want to lose to your brother. You sure want to bring
your A game.
Its that kind of brotherly rivalry that Owens, whose team
is off to a 3-0 start, feels hell be in Friday night when
he turns around to face a Heritage team that he coached for three
years and will know as well or maybe even better
than his own.
It presents different challenges, Owens said. I
think it brings more intensity to it.
Owens surely left his mark on the Patriots program during
his stay at the Conyers school.
He turned a 1-9 doormat in 2000 to a winner by 2002, going 8-2
and reaching the first round of the playoffs. The team then missed
the postseason by a hair in 2003, going 6-4, and Owens took the
Madison County job in March.
Since then, Owens has jump-started the Raiders in their return
to region football while Heritage has thrived lately, winning
its last two games by a combined 87-14 margin under new head
coach Al Pellegrino. Heritage is coming off a 44-0 pasting of
rival Rockdale County this past Friday where it steamrolled the
Bulldogs behind 430 yards rushing.
Owens will know the Patriots personnel better than anyone
else in the state while the coach points out that his former
team has carried over several aspects of his old system to this
year. But then again, Heritage will be in tune to Owens
system more than anyone else since he taught it to them for three
years. Madison County has been learning it for just three months.
Theyll know my system better than the kids Im
coaching now, he said. Theyll know what were
doing before we do.
Other than Heritage trying to anticipate Owens Xs
and Os, Madison County will have to contend with a team
that will have more in its arsenal that it latest victim, Eastside,
which the Raiders beat 24-14.