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East Jackson's Gary Maddox carries the ball in the Eagles' 36-14 loss Friday (Oct. 16) to Oconee County. 

Greg Huggs threw a pair of touchdown passes but East Jackson opened Region 8-AAA play with a 36-14 loss to No. 3-ranked Oconee County Friday at home.

Huggs connected with R.J. White for a scoring strike late in the second quarter. He then found Marques Greene for a touchdown with just under two minutes remaining game in the Eagles’ fourth-straight loss.

Huggs finished 18-of-40 passing for 285 yards. Randy Smith finished with five catches for 98 yards, while White caught four balls for 92 yards.

East Jackson (1-4, 0-1 Region 8-AAA) missed some opportunities in the first half. It turned the ball over on downs twice in the red zone and then threw a pick-six, which Liam Lewis took back 105 yards for a touchdown, in trailing 26-7 at the break.

Oconee County (6-0, 1-0 Region 8-AAA) scored the first 26 points of the contest.

The Eagles return to action next Friday (Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.) at home against region opponent Monroe Area (5-1, 1-0 Region 8-AAA).

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