LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULES/RESULTS
BANKS COUNTY LEOPARDS
8/20 Ogle Co. W 30-27
9/3 Wesleyan L 0-42
9/10 Commerce L 13-40
9/17 GAC L 0-30
9/24 Rabun Co. L 0-17
10/1 Union Co. L 13-33
10/8 Lumpkin Co. L 3-39
10/15 Buford L 0-45
10/22 East Hall L 0-35
10/29 Dawson Co. 7:30
8/21 Trion W 36-27
8/27 @Frank Co L 21-28
9/3 Morgan Co L 27-41
9/10 @Banks Co W 40-13
9/17 Lincoln Co L 13-18
10/2 @N Oconee W 35-21
10/8 Social Circle W27-13
10/22 Towns Co W 35-14
10/29 @Athens Acad L
JACKSON COUNTY PANTHERS
8/21 @ Cedar Shoals L 0-21
8/27 Winder-Barr L 14-21
9/3 @ Madison Co L 0-21
9/10 Hab. Central L 14-20
9/17 @ Eastside W 21-14
9/24 Rockdale Co. W 15-12
10/1 Loganville L 7-14
10/15 @ Heritage L 7-0
10/22 @ Salem L 0-48
10/29 Clarke Central 7:30
8/20 @ White Co. W 23-8
8/27 Warren Co. W 30-14
9/3 @ Lumpkin Co. W 28-0
9/10 Whitfield W 23-0
9/17 @ Oglet Co W 30-0
10/1 Athens Acad L 19-20
10/8 @ Towns Co. W 42-8
10/15 Commerce L 31-34
10/22 @ N Oconee W 55-0
10/29 Social Circle 7:30
MADISON COUNTY RED RAIDERS
8/20 @Frank Co W15-7
9/3 Jackson Co W 21-0
9/10 Eastside W 24-14
9/17 @Heritage L 0-23
9/24 @Lgnvile W 29-12
10/1 Clrke Cent W 8-7
10/8 @Hab. Cent L 7-14
10/15 Salem L 36-7
10/22 Rokdle Co.W 23-20
10/29 @Cedar Shoals 7:30
Banks County Leopards fall to East Hall Vikings,
35-0, in final home game,
It was senior night in Homer Friday and Leopard seniors on the
field stole the show. Seniors Otis Rylee, Bradley Angel, John
Payne, Nick McKenzie and Cody Williams all put forth impressive
efforts on the field.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came from Rylee, who was lined up
at tailback for the first time this season. Taking handoffs and
gaining yardage for the home team, in total, Rylee had 13 carries
for 45 yards. On the other end of the ball, he lined up as a
linebacker and recorded nine tackles for the night.
Another star senior Friday was Angel who led the team in rushing.
Angel had eight carries for 51 yards on the ground. One big play
from Angel came in the first half and gave the Leopards 33 yards
and a first down.
On defense, Williams, Payne and McKenzie held the Vikings back
putting up big numbers in tackles. Williams had nine tackles,
one quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble. Payne had seven
tackles and a tackle for a loss of six yards. McKenzie had eight
tackles and a quarterback hurry.
Leading the defense Friday night was newcomer Rob Allen, #42.
Allen had 11 tackles Friday and was the only Leopard in double
digits. He also hurried the quarterback, broke-up a pass and
had two tackles for a loss of nine yards.
The efforts of the senior Leopards, and the entire team, were
unable to secure the Banks County victory and the Leopards fell,
35-0, to the East Hall Vikings.
It was a disappointment because we played really hard,
said Banks County head coach Greg Moore. We played harder
and were competitive for most of the game, but eventually East
Halls speed and skill caught up to us.
The second quarter made the game for the Vikings. East Hall had
two interceptions and scored twice in the second quarter and
went into the locker rooms at halftime up 21-0. Another touchdown
in the third and another in the fourth secured the win for East
The Leopards had a total of 135 yards on offense, East Hall had
324. The biggest difference between the two teams was in passing
yards, the Vikings were able to pass for 138 yards and they held
the Leopards to 29.
Losses in yards due to penalties also hurt the Leopards. The
team lost a total of 30 yards Friday for penalties.
Moore said he hopes the team can improve on Fridays performance
and get a win against Dawson County Friday.
hope to play role of spoiler Friday vs. Glads
Jackson County win would eliminate Clarke Central
from state playoff contention
If Jackson County head coach Brent Brock is worried about his
teams latest defeat to region champion Salem, he sure doesnt
show it much.
Several days after his improved Jackson County squad suffered
their worst loss of the season a 48-0 thumping to the
undefeated Seminoles last Friday night the Panther head
coach still refused to let negativity spill into his words.
I think Salem had more to do with that than we did. It
ought to be a good learning experience, Brock said of the
loss. Our hats off to them.
But that doesnt mean he thinks there arent improvements
that need to be made as his team prepares to play Clarke Central
in this weeks regular season finale. Its just that
games like last Fridays are part of a teams growing
So, as Jackson County prepares for their season finale against
Clarke Central, Brock has chosen to remain positive and focus
more on the other eight weeks so far this season, rather than
dwell on the loss to a team that some feel has what it takes
to make a series run in the state playoffs next month.
Im not worried so much about Clarke Central as I
am with ending this season on a positive note to build on this
offseason, Brock said earlier this week. Our program
needs to win a third ball game. Our seniors deserve to win another
Clarke Central head coach William DeVane sees Fridays meeting
as a tough matchup for his team. But, given the fact that his
team is fighting for a playoff spot, he hopes the Gladiators
will realize the importance of the contest and not take the underdog
Its typical Jackson County, Devane said of
the Panthers strengths. Theyre going to play hard,
theyre not going to turn the ball over and make a lot of
mistakes. Theyll make it tough on us.
If the Gladiators need any further evidence that Jackson County
is capable of knocking off their Athens opponents on Friday they
need only look back a season ago.
With the Panthers in the midst of a two-year losing streak, the
eventual region-champion Gladiators came away with a 24-14 nail-biting
victory in 2003 at Panther Stadium.
Its a game both coaches remember well.
Im hoping that last years game will pretty
much be a confidence booster for us, Brock said. It
ought to along with some of our other games show
our kids that we can play with anybody.
DeVane agrees that last years game will probably give the
Panthers some confidence and that his team needs to be ready
on Friday night.
We can show our guys that they did play us tough last year
and we better be ready to play, he said.
One thing that appears to be to Clarkes advantage is the
momentum that could carry over from last weeks enormous
win over Heritage.
The Patriots, who were in second place in the region, fell 16-7
at Billy Henderson Stadium in Athens.
That was a huge win. Heritage was definitely a team we
were concerned with, DeVane said. Hopefully, he added,
that victory can give his team a spark.
Its been an up-and-down year for us, DeVane
said. Just real inconsistent. Sometimes we look real good,
other times not so good.
While the Gladiators come in with a big win on their heels, the
Panthers will look to rebound from their pounding at Salem.
The two games prior to that though, the Panthers played Loganville
and Heritage tight, falling by a touchdown in each contest.
Although Clarke Central is not out of the playoff hunt, they
need to win and have Madison County lose to Cedar Shoals in order
to earn a berth.
Hometown Hoop Dream
Former CHS Hoopster Traveling The Country,
Bobby Patman Jr. might be a small town Commerce kid at heart,
but theres no telling what big city youll find him
in these days.
But if you do locate him, chances are hell have a basketball
in his hand.
The former Commerce three-sport athlete and Emmanuel College
basketball player is keeping his life-long hoop dreams alive
as part of the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show
team which travels the country and even abroad
putting on performances for crowds looking for a little hoop
Patman, Jr. always wanted to play basketball on a professional
level. It didnt matter how. It didnt matter where.
Now he is.
He was just beside himself, said Bobby Patman, Sr.
He was like Dad, this is the fulfillment of a dream.
This dream started back when Patman, Jr. was six and continued
through Commerce middle and high schools and on into Emmanuel
College where he played at each stop. Bobby didnt start
at CHS until his senior year and never averaged more than 4.8
points a game in his career at Emmanuel. But his resolve was
Bobby was not a starter, Patman Sr. explained. But
he played hard and he loved the game and hes been playing
the game since he was six. It was just
season of firsts
fast-pitch team finishes one game shy of Elite Eight appearance
A 17-win season, beating the No. 1 ranked team in the state,
and reaching the final round of the state sectionals were all
worthy accomplishments for the Jefferson fast-pitch team this
past season. But, according to head coach Melissa Mullis, the
first-year programs most gratifying achievement may well
come retrospectively, now that the season is over.
Our goal was just to go in and make a name for ourselves,
Mullis said following the end of the inaugural Lady Dragon season
on Saturday in Lovejoy.
Mullis can consider that mission accomplished.
The Lady Dragons (17-10 overall, 9-3 in Region 8-A) headed to
last weekends sectionals as the second seed from their
region and finished 2-2 in the event. An exhilarating opening
day saw the team play its best softball of the year during impressive
wins over Trion (1-0) and top-ranked GMC (6-0). Unfortunately
though, that momentum was too much to sustain over the course
of the weekend, as the Lady Dragons dropped a pair of games Saturday
to end their season just one win shy of an appearance in the
Elite Eight in Columbus this weekend.
Nonetheless though, Mullis squad made it clear that Jefferson
will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come in fast-pitch
I believe we left there and people knew we wanted to be
the best and Jefferson was there to play, Mullis said.
They did a great job of making a name for themselves.
After going through a rough stretch of games beginning in late
August, the Lady Dragons regrouped to make a remarkable run late
in the season and finish second in the region. Wins over first-place
Towns County and Hebron Christian helped spark an eight-game
winning streak through the sectionals.
According to Mullis, the culmination of that turnaround came
last Friday against the No. 1 ranked team in Class A, GMC. Despite
being a heavy underdog, the Lady Dragons dictated play from the
opening pitch and routed the Lady Bulldogs 6-0. That win followed
an opening-round victory over Trion, 1-0 that was nearly as impressive.
It was a magical on Friday, Mullis said. We
played way above and beyond our ability and beat some really
Starter Megan Fulcher allowed just five total hits during those
wins and the Lady Dragons manufactured runs to support her very
effectively. Fulcher finished the season with an 11-8 record
and a 1.12 ERA.
Katie Edwards scored the Lady Dragons lone run against
Trion, on an error, and came through with an RBI against GMC.
Senior Brittany Caudell also was solid offensively. She scored
two runs on the afternoon and was on base consistently.
Unfortunately for the Lady Dragons, Saturday was a different
story. Against Bremen in their first game of the day Jefferson
saw the bats go cold. A combination of talented Lady Blue Devil
pitching and a bit of an emotional let down led to the squads
first defeat, 5-0.
That result set up a rematch with Trion for the right to go to
Columbus. This time the Lady Bulldogs came out victorious 2-0
after scoring once in the first inning on a Jefferson error,
and then stringing together several hits in the second to produce
That was their fourth game that day and they had a lot
of momentum, Mullis said of Trion.
Despite the final days setbacks, Mullis said she would
remember her first season as a head coach extremely fondly, especially
those Friday night wins.
When I saw them play on Friday night it was just a dream
come true. Their potential always made me challenge them this
season because I saw it in them and I knew from the beginning
that the girls were capable of playing that way, she explained.
Im happy for what they accomplished and it gives
us great hope for the future. They found a way to come together.
I think what Ill remember most of all is how we grew as
a team and I know were better people and better softball
players because of it.
Freshman lifts MCHS to victory, winning season
The stat sheet had its usual suspects. There was Jamey Rice refusing
to go down, finding the end zone in the games waning moments.
There was Chaz Perry picking off two Rockdale passes and greeting
a receiver with a Ronnie Lott hit on a key third down. There
was Metric Shivers blazing down the sideline after a late interception.
But the Raider who earned the most victory high fives and hugs
after Madison Countys 23-20 win over Rockdale County was
a freshman kicker whose aim was true when it mattered most.
Jack Orr moved from the well-worn sideline practice net to the
heat of the battle and the freshman booted the ball through the
uprights for a field goal with just 13 seconds to go in the game.
The 19-yard three-pointer sealed the deal Friday in a pre-Halloween
goodie bag of turnovers, a contest sure to spook any coach.