LAST FRIDAY, the Panthers traveled to Athens Academy for a scrimmage game with the Spartans.
Jackson County head coach Benji Harrison was enthused with his team’s 27-14 victory, noting that the Panthers played even better than he expected.
“We are a young team,” Harrison said. “To go out and perform that well, I was pleased.”
Harrison pointed to exceptional performances by his receiving corps, offensive linemen and running back Malik Tuck. He was particularly pleased with first-year starting quarterback Jacob Lewis’s play.
“He did get a little careless with a couple of throws and threw a couple of interceptions, but for the most part he played well,” added Harrison.
Harrison said he was most impressed by the way the JCCHS defense pursued the ball.
“We had 11 hats getting to the football,” Harrison said. “If we pursue like that, we have a really good chance of doing well on defense.”
Harrison also noted that several Panther junior varsity players got some play time and “performed with a lot of enthusiasm.”
While there are still some techniques to work on up front, Harrison feels that the Panthers are prepped and primed for a week-one contest at Winder-Barrow High School on Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m.