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Commerce Rallies Past Athens Academy
Second-Half Surge Dooms Spartans
BY DREW BRANTLEY
All game long, both teams showed they wanted to move the ball. In the fourth quarter, Commerce decided to win.
Offense shined for both teams Friday night in Commerce's 37-24 win over Athens Academy.
Commerce was down 24-17 when it forced the only Spartan punt of the night. The Tigers marched 64 yards in eight plays to tie the game on a Monté Williams run and a Daniel Carder extra point.
The touchdown continued a tit-for-tat scoring run by both teams in the second half.
However, Commerce junior Michael Collins sought to give the Tigers the upper hand on the next play from scrimmage. He stepped in front of a pass down the middle of the field for an interception, his fifth of the season.
But that was not enough. After weaving his way through Spartan traffic, Collins scored the go-ahead touchdown for Commerce, who led 30-24.
Collins wasn't through though. On the Spartans' next drive, Athens Academy began to move the ball down the field again. On the sixth play of the possession, the Academy appeared on its way to first-down yardage.
But the ball was knocked loose and recovered by Collins, who held the ball above his head like the trophy it was.
Collins' big plays came after a sluggish performance on offense, that had something to do with a stomach virus he battled.
"I knew I wasn't having such a good game on offense," Collins said. "But I knew I could make plays on the other side of the ball, too. I just took advantage of the opportunities that were there."
Collins finished with 10 total tackles and the interception on defense. On offense, he had one catch for 15 yards. He also kept the ball on one of the Tigers' punt attempts, running for a first down early in the second quarter.
Chad Scoggins added 16 total tackles to help lead the defense. Linebacker Eric Moore also added to the high-tackle numbers with 14 total hits. Nicholas Cox also added his first interception of the season.
Other offensive stars were easy to spot, however.
Williams finished the night with 26 carries for 284 yards and two touchdowns.
His rushing yards lifted his season total to 1,936 to give him three consecutive years with more than 1,800 yards rushing.
Carder was a star in his own right. Proving an effective runner on the options, Carder ended with 80 yards on the ground and two scores.
"We didn't play well in the first half," Carder said. "Coming out for the second half we were ready to go. I didn't want to lose it in our house."
His foot provided four extra points and one field goal. Already the all-time school leader in point-after kicks, Carder added a field goal at the close of the first half that did more than tie the score at 10-10. The kick also gave Carder nine career field goals, which is a school-best mark.
The win over Athens Academy kept the Tigers' home winning streak alive at 24.
Commerce also picked up its 12th win of the season, a mark the Tigers have claimed two of the past three years. Before the 1997 season, Commerce had not won 12 games in a season since 1985.
Commerce advances to face Dooly County in the quarterfinals, a round the Tigers have reached three times in the 1990s.

Commerce Girls Open With Win
BY DREW BRANTLEY
Commerce High School's girls' basketball team opened its regular season with a 54-41 victory over Lakeview Academy last Tuesday.
"It was a typical first game," Commerce coach Don Watkins said. "At times we looked real good. At times we looked real bad. But it gives us an idea of what we need to work on."
Shemika Reed led Commerce with 22 points, nine rebounds and six steals.
Charlene Gaither had 17 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Stephanie McFadden added five points.
"We played a lot of people," Watkins said. "We got to see how they responded.
Commerce's games scheduled for this weekend have been moved to other dates because the football team is still involved with the state playoffs.
Next Tuesday, the Commerce girls will play at Athens Academy without a boys' game. The boys' game will not be made up.



Leopard teams open with two sweeps
BCHS teams down Oglethorpe County, Rabun Gap in 1st week
BY DREW BRANTLEY
The cats are out of the bag. While the facility has been in use at the Banks County school for several weeks now, opening the basketball season with a pair of Leopard wins over Rabun Gap made it official. Banks County High School has a new gym.
A ceremony marked the opening of the new gym Tuesday night, but a pair of wins made the night more exciting.
The Lady Leopards opened the night with a 62-42 win over the Rabun Gap girls. The boys ran away with a 90-43 win over the Indians to complete the sweep.
Winning has become a habit early in the season for the Banks County teams. Both Leopard teams also won their first games on the road at Oglethorpe County.
LADY LEOPARDS
After ending the first quarter in a 15-15 tie, Banks County's girls pulled away and never looked back.
Haley Crumley led the team with 18 points. Bree Whitlock added 13 points. Michelle Snipes scored nine.
Other scorers included: Johnna Williams six; Brooke Shubert, Brittany Holcomb and Laura Carlyle four and Holly House and Ashley Freeman had two points each.
Even though the team cruised to a 20-point win and scored more than 60 points, girls' coach Mike Gordon said he feels the team is not peaking.
"I told the girls at halftime that I didn't think we were shooting the ball well," Gordon said. "And then I realized we had right at 40 points. In both of our games they have played with a lot of emotion. Hopefully they will settle down a little and shoot the ball like they can because I think they can do even better."
The girls hit nine of their 12 free throw attempts.
The Lady Leopards took a 51-34 win in their season opener against Oglethorpe County last Tuesday.
Though Banks County landed only 30 percent from the free throw line, four three-pointers helped the Lady Leopards defeat the Patriots.
H. Crumley led the team, scoring 14 points with three three-pointers.
Banks County held Oglethorpe's leading scorer Amanda Kent to only 12 points.
Other scorers for the Lady Leopards included: Whitlock 10; Shubert nine; Snipes five; Carlyle four; Regina Veal three; and Holcomb, House and Williams had two points each.
BOYS IN ACTION
Justin Smith opened the game with a layup for Banks County, as the boys opened up a 14-1 run that sealed the game early.
Junior Victor Bonds was the star of the game with 25 points, 22 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Smith finished with 14 points, six assists, four steals and one blocked shot. Casey Murray and Blakely Crumley also reached double digits in scoring with 16 and 14, respectively.
Other scorers included: Jonathon Dumas seven; Chris Ivey five; Bray Maxwell and Will Gordon 4 and Cody Whitlock two.
Although much of the Leopards' scoring happened in the paint, the team did hit on four of 12 three-point shots. Inside the arc, the boys shot hit 35 two-point field goals.
Boys' coach Mike Ruth said one of the reasons for the team's early success comes from its attention to detail.
"This bunch works on the all the little things," Ruth said. "Rebounds, steals, assists - those things add up. And these guys realize that. They don't care who scores the points. They are just so supportive of each other."
The team had 25 offensive rebounds and 26 boards on the defensive end.
"We had a lot of excitement, but we really didn't have any more tonight than we did down at Oglethorpe," Ruth said. "For these two ballgames, the attitude and hustle of this bunch is as good as any I've seen here. They have a lot of confidence. If they miss a shot, they aren't slinging their heads."
The level of play is constant throughout the squad, assistant coach John Bertrang said.
"This team has a lot of intensity," Bertrang said. "And it's that way all the way down the bench. When the younger kids get in there we don't lose a beat at all."
In last Tuesday's season opener, the Leopards hit nine three-pointers to help them lash Oglethorpe County 71-33.
Crumley, who fouled out in the second period, led the team with 14 points, including three three-pointers.
The Patriots nearly had the game tied at the end of the first period, but Dumas hit a three at the buzzer to give Banks County a 14-11 lead. From there, the Leopards only increased their lead until the game was out of reach.
Also scoring for Banks County were: Smith, 11 points and three three-pointers; Dumas, 10 points and two three-pointers; Bonds, nine points; C. Ivey, seven points and one three-pointer; Maxwell, six points; O'Neal and M. Ivey, four points; and Gordon, Caudell and Murray, two points.
Adam Fouche contributed to this article.

Wrestlers build on mat performance
Building a program with young players means that learning is the most important activity.
The Banks County wrestling team is getting its lessons against tough competition.
"We put them in the fire right away with matches against Jackson County, Gilmer and Lumpkin County," coach Matt Miller said. "We got swept at Jackson County and then again at Lumpkin County. They were a little discouraged, but I told them to make a commitment to get better every time they went out on the mat. They've made that commitment and are making a lot improvement."
With seven varsity wrestlers, the team is at a disadvantage in the team score. But Miller said right now the team can only concentrate on what the wrestlers do on the mat and not the scoreboard.
Against White County, the Mat Leopards won five of the matches they wrestled.
Justin Bonds (112-pound), Yoric Erb-Summers (125), Richard Howard (171) and Kevin Hall (189) all got wins by pin.
"(Hall) is a great kid that has been working hard for us," Miller said. "He's a freshman, so he's got a lot to learn. But he's doing an excellent job for us."
Matt Smith (130) also won.
"The way I look at it, we won the match," Miller said. "When you send seven out to the mat and five of them win, I think you've won."
One shining bright spot has been the performance of the middle school squad, Miller said.
"Our eighth grade has a full squad," Miller said. "They have really made a lot of progress. With the gaps we have on the varsity, the future looks really good for us with the way those young guys are coming on."



Dragon wrestlers open with win
BY TIM THOMAS
Jefferson High School's wrestling team will travel across town this weekend to participate in the 18-team Panther Invitational at Jackson County Comprehensive High School. The Dragons rolled to a surprising and impressive first-place finish at Jackson County last year.
Jefferson opened the 1999-2000 season Tuesday with a decisive 61-18 victory over the Johnson Knights. Even though coach Jack Keen's team featured only four returning starters in the 14 weight classes, the Dragons managed to win 10 of 12 varsity matches and eight of nine JV matches.
Winning at the varsity level were: Nathaniel Wilson, Jeremy Smith, Hunter Garner, Eric Wilburn, Jon Veldhuis, Zach Evans, Chris Seibert and Brendon Kemp, all by pins. Blake Gooch won a 4-3 decision, Michael Albea by 13-3 decision and Jeremiah Wilson received a forfeit.
Aubrey Shirley, Joel Thrasher, Chris Gooch, Cha Thor, Casey Wilkins, Ricky Waters, Scott Nix and Daniel Love all won JV matches.
Keen expects his team to do well at the Panther Invitational, but said the Dragons will struggle to compete with Westminister, Pelham (Ala.), Dacula and Jackson County.

Shootout: Lady Dragons take third, boys fourth
BY TIM THOMAS
For the second straight year, Jefferson's Lady Dragons finished third in the Sonny's Smokin' Shootout. After losing to Collins Hill Tuesday in the semifinals, Jefferson rebounded with a convincing win over Walhalla Saturday.
The Lady Dragons jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first period against Walhalla, hitting four three-pointers early. Jefferson outscored Walhalla in every period, en route to an 81-63 victory.
Lee DuBose led the Lady Dragons with 26 points and 10 rebounds, with Melinda Floyd, Stacy Childress and Annie Goza all in double figures in scoring. Childress and Raven Moon each contributed eight assists. The four leading scorers combined to hit 22 of 28 free throws.
"We set some goals for them against Walhalla," said coach Kevin Jacobs. "We wanted to limit turnovers to 16, and get 40 rebounds. We finished with 19 turnovers, and I think we outrebounded them 40-33."
Walhalla, a school that would be in Georgia's class AA, won their conference in South Carolina last year, and are favored to do so again.
"We stretched it out against Walhalla," Jacobs said. "We got a chance to get everybody in the game. Brooklyne Marlowe played pretty good defense, and Sunny Bush came in and played real well. It was just a real good night."
As quickly as the Lady Dragons started against Walhalla, they were slow out of the gate in the semifinal with Collins Hill.
"In the first half, we didn't play very well," said Jacobs. "And they're sitting there with a 6'3" kid; that didn't help."
Collins Hill ran out to a 42-22 lead in the first half, but the Lady Dragons made it a game in the fourth period, according to Jacobs.
"We had them worried there in the fourth. We got it down to seven or eight, and had to start fouling. We did a better job of boxing out and getting better looks at the basket."
DuBose scored 20 in the game, adding seven rebounds and six steals. Childress had seven assists, and Bridgett Davis six.
Jacobs says his players love fast-paced run-and-shoot games.
"Our kids love it. There's not a shot we don't like; we just don't play any defense. We've really got four point guards out there, and we just can't play with big people."
TUESDAY RESULTS
The Lady Dragons endured a tough loss Tuesday at Lovett. Stats were not available at press time.
BOYS
Jefferson's boys didn't fare as well last week, losing to Franklin County on Tuesday and to Providence Saturday.
Jefferson took the early lead against Franklin County, 28-25 after one period, but the Lions roared back to dominate the final three, thanks in part to Jefferson turnovers. The Dragons closed to within six with five minutes left, but the gap was too wide, and Franklin County took the game by a deceitfully wide 83-61 margin. Daniel Goza led Jefferson with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Buzz Wehunt scored 13.
Jefferson and Providence swapped the lead throughout their game, but the Dragons couldn't close the deal, and the Stars overcame a five-point deficit in the final minutes to win.
"We did not handle the last three minutes well," said Jefferson coach Bolling DuBose. "We just made some dumb plays down the stretch."
Wehunt racked up 22 points, and Goza scored 20 and pulled in 15 rebounds in the losing effort. Michael Newton hit three three-pointers to boost his scoring tally to 11. Nick Sheridan had eight rebounds and Ryan Gurley had eight assists. In his first game since returning from injury, and after only one practice, Kyle Potts scored seven and had six rebounds.
According to DuBose, his team is still trying to recover from football season.
"Michael [Newton] has only practiced two or three times due to injury, and Kyle [Potts] just got back Friday. It's going to make a difference when they get in shape. It will make us a much better team."
DuBose said that overall, he was please with the tournament.
"I think the tournament went well. We had good crowds, and it gave us an idea of what we need to work on. Our team defense has to get better, and we need to be more consistent on offense." Daniel Goza was the only Dragon to be named to the all-tournament team. In three games, Goza scored 57 points and had 42 rebounds. DuBose said Wehunt, who scored 62, also had a good tournament.
Jefferson will host Banks County Friday, and look to rebound against Providence Saturday at home.



Madison Co. boys, girls top Prince Ave.
BY BEN MUNRO
Madison County boys' and girls' basketball teams put marks in the win column Tuesday night as the Lady Raiders cruised to an easy win and the Raiders lit up the basket in the fourth quarter to grab a come-from-behind victory.
BOYS
Whatever advice head coach Benjie Wood gave to his squad before the final period of play Tuesday night must have done the trick as the Raiders simply caught fire in the fourth quarter of play against Prince Avenue, exploding for 29 points to erase a nine-point deficit and claim a 61-51 road win over the Wolverines.
Down 41-32 heading into the fourth quarter, the ball started hitting the bottom of the net for Madison County as the squad pieced together an 8-0 run to start the quarter, whittling the Prince Avenue lead to a single point.
Jamaris Mattox, who had 11 points in the contest, pulled the Raiders even with the Wolverine squad with five minutes to play when he cracked a three-pointer from the top of the key to knot things at 43. Mattox then gave Madison County, who had trailed all evening long, their first lead of the contest when he nailed a free throw with 3:59 left to play, making the score 44-43.
Chad Youngblood, who led all Raider scorers with 14 points, came up with the next big basket for Madison County as he knocked down a three-pointer with 3:22 to give the Raiders a 47-44 edge. Madison County never relinquished their lead as they kept putting points on the board during the final minutes of the game.
Gillespie pushed the advantage to four points with a put back off a missed basket at the 2:55 mark and later gave the Raiders a 53-47 lead as he muscled another shot in under the basket with under a minute and a half to play.
Youngblood then iced the contest for Madison County as he knocked down five free throws during the last minute of the game to give the Raiders the 10-point win.
Madison County got off to a rocky start in the game as Prince Avenue scored nine consecutive points to start the contest, highlighted by a dunk by Josh Desso at the 6:21 mark in the first quarter. The Wolverines then went on a 7-1 run later on in the quarter to push their lead out to 16-4 with 1:57 left in the quarter.
However, the Raiders fought their way back into the game as they put together a 12-5 run to chop the Prince Avenue lead to five with 4:49 left in the second quarter.
The Wolverines, who led 28-21, kept control of the contest well into the third quarter as they held a 36-26 lead with two minutes to play in the third.
Other Raider scorers were Gillespie, 12 points, Jonathon Berian, nine; Chris Lattimore, six; Donny Stamper, five; and Trellis Appling, four.
GIRLS
Madison County scored early and often Tuesday night against Prince Avenue as the squad took the Lady Wolverine team behind the woodshed, destroying Prince Avenue by a count of 54-22 on the road.
The Lady Raiders spread the ball around to just about everyone in the lopsided win as 11 players for Madison County got into the score book, with Tawana Moon leading the way with 15 points. Brittney Escoe scored 10.
The first quarter foreshadowed the whole evening as Madison County ran out to a quick 8-0 lead, claiming a 21-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Raiders didn't let up in the second quarter of play as they built up a 26-point edge midway through the quarter, taking a 35-14 lead into intermission.
Madison County kept piling on the points in the second half of play, going up by a 30-point edge with a three pointer by Renee Matthews with 2:50 left in the third quarter.
The Lady Raiders then outscored Prince Avenue 8-2 in the final period of play to take the 32-point win.
Other players getting in the scorebook in the contest were Ashley Myers, who had nine; and Matthews, who added six. Leslie Ledford, Heather Jones, Wintre Hubbard, Aiyana Hunter, Sheena Mason and Valarie Norman all chipped in two.

MCHS teams notch win, loss in final games of N. Gwinn. tourney
BY BEN MUNRO
Both Madison County varsity squads wrapped up the North Gwinnett Tip Off tournament last week with wins over Johnson and losses to the host Bulldog squads.
NORTH GWINNETT 58 LADY RAIDERS 45
The Madison County Lady Raiders put up a valiant effort last Tuesday night in an effort to erase an 18-point North Gwinnett lead in the second half, but the comeback wasn't to be as the Lady Bulldogs pulled away in the closing minutes, prevailing 58-45.
It looked as if the Lady Raider squad was going to get run out of the North Gwinnett gym in the opening minutes of the third quarter as the Lady Bulldog squad staked claim to a 39-21 lead with 5:27 to play in the period.
However, the squad charged back, sparked by back-to-back three pointers by Renee Matthews and Tawana Moon, which came after a Brittany Escoe jumper, cutting the lead to 10 points. Later on in the quarter, Escoe brought Madison County to within two baskets of the Lady Bulldogs as she hit a lay-up and a free throw, capping off a 14-0 run to make the score 39-35 with a 1:04 left in the third.
Madison County hung around well into the forth quarter as the squad again cut the North Gwinnett lead to four, getting another three pointer from Moon with 3:14 left to play to make the score 49-45.
Moon would finish the game with 23 points to lead the Madison County squad.
Others scoring for the Lady Raiders were Escoe, who threw in 14,
Matthews who added five and Ashley Myers who had three.
LADY RAIDERS 52 JOHNSON 38
Madison County breezed by Johnson 52-38 last Monday with some stifling team defense and sharp shooting from Escoe.
The Lady Raiders staked a 27-11 lead at halftime, giving up just three points in the first quarter.
"We did a good job defensively," said Madison County head coach Tim Cook. "We got out and pressured their guards and they weren't able to get into their offense.
Escoe scored 19 points. Moon had 10. Myers, who grabbed 14 rebounds, and Aiyana Hunter finished with seven points and Mathews chipped in five.
NORTH GWINNETT 75 RAIDERS 42
The Raiders got buried underneath a North Gwinnett scoring barrage last Tuesday night as the Bulldog squad out scored Madison County by a count of 64-34 over the final three quarters to claim a 33-point home win in the North Gwinnett Tip-Off Tournament.
A first half scoring drought led to the unraveling of the Madison County team as the team went 11 minutes and 10 seconds without finding the basket, causing them to fall down by 21 points at the half.
Madison County grabbed an early but brief lead in the contest as Jamaris Mattox nailed a jump shot with 3:40 left to play in the period to put his squad up 8-6. However, that's when the cold front moved in on the Raider offense as the Bulldogs reeled off 25 consecutive points to break the game wide open, claiming a 31-8 in the closing seconds of the first half.
Chris Lattimore was the top scorer on the evening for the Raiders with12 points. Following him were Chad Gillespie with eight; Trellis Appling and Drew Sparks, who had six; Josh Chandler, who had three; and Mattox, Travelle Heard and Ben Baker, who each had two.
RAIDERS 56 JOHNSON 47
The Red Raiders nabbed a win on Monday in the North Gwinnett tournament, downing Johnson High School by a count of 56-47 for their first victory of the year.
Gillespie was the driving scoring force for Madison County on the night as he racked up 22 points, 10 of those coming in the first quarter.
Madison County jumped out to a 18-13 edge at the end of the third quarter but watched Johnson come back and tie the contest at 28-28 going into halftime. However, the Raiders took control in the second half, giving themselves a 42-38 advantage at the end of the third quarter en route to the nine-point victory.
Other Raider scorers were Mattox, 13 points; Lattimore,11; Chad Youngblood and Trellis Appling, four; and Trevelle Heard, two.



Jackson County hoopsters pound Dacula
BY TIM THOMAS
Jackson County will travel to West Hall Friday to take on sub-region rival West Hall. The Lady Spartans finished second in the state last year, while the struggling boys' team will be without its best player due to suspension.
Both Panther basketball teams rebounded Tuesday night to sweep region foe Dacula. Both teams now stand at 1-1 on the season.
GIRLS
The Lady Panthers turned on a swarming third quarter defense, while putting up a 16-point offensive run to put Dacula out of the game. Jackson County struggled from the floor during the first half, shooting a dismal 14%, but never wavered defensively. The Lady Panthers led by two at the half.
In the second half, Jackson County's full-court press caused numerous turnovers, while the Lady Panthers blistered the net on offense, scoring 27 points in the period to Dacula's 11. The fourth quarter was much the same, as all the Lady Panthers saw time on the court to wrap up the 60-40 win.
"I told the players at halftime we were a better team than what we were showing," said coach Annette Watts. "The first four minutes of the third quarter was our best, the way we can play. This team can get after you on defense, this team can score, and one thing you can count on is this team will play hard."
The Lady Panthers had 23 steals and 42 rebounds. Monic Stewart led the scoring with 20 points, Carly Parr had 10, Abrielle Varnum nine, Kristi Healan seven, Toya Thomas 4, Megan Elliott 3, Ashley Rainwater 3, Krystal Britt 2, and Carey Yonce 2.
BOYS
The boys' team fared much the same at Dacula, as the 68-52 final did not accurately reflect the tone of the game. The Falcons took off on a 9-2 run to start the game, but Jackson County came roaring back to go up 41-23 at the half. The offensive blast continued in the third period, with the Panthers outscoring Dacula 20-4 in the frame to take a convincing 61-27 lead into the fourth. Coach Ron Garren used several substitutes in the final period, and the Falcons came back to within 16.
"I was pleased with the win," Garren said. "We played much better than we did in our first game."
BJ Wilmont led the Panthers with 25 points, followed by Rodrick Gresham (14), Tim Burdette (9), Blake Wilson (8), and Dustin David (7). Gresham also pulled down18 rebounds.
"He really dominated the boards and was a presence inside," said Garren.

Panther Invitational set for this weekend
BY TIM THOMAS
Jackson County Comp-rehensive High School will be the site of the sixth annual Panther Invitational Wrestling Tourn-ament, beginning Friday. Nine-teen teams from all four classifications are scheduled to participate, including Jackson County and Jefferson. Jefferson is the defending tournament champion.
Dawson County, Johnson and Westminster will all bring strong teams to the tournament. Other participants will include Dacula, Gainesville, Lumpkin County, Stephens County, and West Hall.
Round one of the tournament is scheduled to commence at 6 p.m. Friday. The semifinal round will start Saturday at 10 a.m., and wrestlebacks around 12:30 p.m. Consolation finals will begin the final round shortly after wrestlebacks are completed, with championship finals following.
Admission is $5 per round for adults and $3 for children. Tournament passes may be purchased for $12 and $6. All facilities are tobacco-free, but a smoking area will be set up near the entrance. There will be no passes out, so smokers are encouraged to purchase a tournament pass.
DUAL MEET RESULTS
After its first full week of action, Jackson County's wrest-ling team sports a 4-1 dual meet record. The team earned convincing wins over Gainesville, Stephens County and Madison County. Jackson County's first loss was a close 37-28 decision to Habersham Central.
Against Gainesville, Jackson County registered 6 pins in 14 weight classes, five of them in the first period. The Panthers also took four forfeits on their way to a 63-18 victory. Jason Powers, Rusty Colley, Jarad Herrington, Brian Bowles, Stephen Ledbetter and Chris Kubiak all scored pins against the Red Elephants, and Jordan Breitt won a 15-11 decision.
The story was much the same when the Panthers defeated Madison County, 66-14. R. Colley, Herrington, Bowles, Ledbetter, Wesley Colley, Travis Ingram, David Elkins, Breitt, Brad Smith and Brian Gower pinned their Red Raider opponents.
Stephens County's Indians were sent back to Toccoa with a 55-24 loss. R. Colley, Herrington, Ledbetter, Ingram, Kyle Davis and Gower each won via pin, and Bowles and W. Colley by decision.
The Habersham Central match was much more exciting, with the team outcome decided in the final individual match. The Panthers led 28-19 through the 160-pound class, but Habersham rallied to take the final four. Going in to the 275-pound class, Jackson County needed a pin from Brian Gower to tie. Gower led 1-0 after two periods, but his opponent scored two on a reversal in the third to squeak out a victory in the match, and seal the win for Habersham.
R. Colley, Herrington, Bowles and Ledbetter won by pin, while W. Colley and Elkins took decisions.
Winning JV matches this week were Josh Jackson, Adam Ledbetter (2), Josh Davis, Charlie Love, Matt Potts, Adam Murphy, Jeremy Talbert (2), Tony Chapin, and Lee Reece.


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