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Lady Eagles fly past Rabun Co.: Face Hart Co. in region showdown tonight

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BY CHARLES PHELPS
Stellar hitting and pitching were on the menu for the East Jackson Lady Eagles against the Rabun County Lady Wildcats on Monday at East Jackson.
The Lady Eagles racked up 12 hits in a 7-1 victory over the Lady Wildcats.
East Jackson senior Bridget Barnett recorded three strikeouts and gave up five hits in a one-run complete game.
East Jackson sophomore Niki Carver recorded three hits including a first-inning home run. Junior Libbi Lance added two hits and an RBI.
The Lady Eagles host Hart County tonight in a Region 8-AAA showdown.

Bridge rivalry: Dragons tame Tigers in annual rivalry game, remain undefeated in 201

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BY CHARLES PHELPS
cphelps@clickthepaper.com
JEFFERSON — When it comes to the Battle of the Bridge rivalry between the Jefferson Dragons and Commerce Tigers, Jefferson head coach Ben Hall said you could throw both teams’ undefeated records out the window.
Because you don’t know what can during the rivalry game.
The 2014 Battle of the Bridge went to the Dragons, who defeated the Tigers for the second straight year, 28-3, Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
“This is always big,” Hall said. “It’s always a knockdown, drag out with these guys, and it means a lot to both guys.”
The Dragons (4-0, 0-0) were led by quarterback Evan Shirreffs who passed for a game-high 133 yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Dalton Hill caught one pass for 67 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Gatlin snagged three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Rodney Carr added another three for 29 yards and a touchdown.
 Darrian Hill led the Dragons’ ground attack, rushing for a game-high 67 yards on six carries. Colby Wood added 36 yards and a touchdown.

Mauled By Leopards: East Jackson loses big at Banks Co.

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BY KYLE FUNDERBURK
sports@clickthepaper.com
The East Jackson Eagles were dominated in all facets of Friday night’s game thanks to the Banks County Leopards.
The Leopards cruised to a 43-0 victory over the Eagles, Friday night at Banks County.
The Eagles (1-2, 0-0) were held to 38 total yards of offense. They committed three turnovers, two fumbles and an interception, and they gave up a safety, as well.
“We have got to do a better job of execution,” East Jackson head coach Gary Hughes said. “I don’t think we executed as well as we could have.
“Did we do nothing right? No, I don’t think it was like that, but Banks outplayed us in every phase of the game,” said Hughes.
East Jackson quarterback Cody Harwick led East Jackson on the ground with eight carries for 38 yards, but he was 0-for-9 through the air with one interception.

Lady Panther Comeback: Jackson Co. softball notches another region win

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BY CHARLES PHELPS
 
Down 3-0 after two innings to the Hart County Lady Bulldogs, the Jackson County Lady Panthers clawed their way to get one run in the fourth inning.
 
By the middle of the sixth inning, they held a 4-3 lead.
 
Behind a three-run sixth inning, the Lady Panthers held on to beat the Lady the Bulldogs in a come-from-behind region victory, 4-3, Thursday at Hart County.
 
Alyssa Dasher led the Lady Panthers (9-9, 5-3 Region 8-AAA) with two hits. Jessica Burke added a hit and one RBI. The Lady Panthers’ offense recorded six total hits.
 
Jessica Baker and Peyton Sorrells recorded four strikeouts on the mound and gave up only five hits.
 
With the win, the Lady Panthers remain in second place in the region behind Morgan County, who is 7-0 in region play.
 
The two meet Tuesday at Jackson County.

Lady Dragon volleyball splits region tri-match

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 BY CHARLES PHELPS
 
The Jefferson Lady Dragons spilt a region tri-match on Thursday night, sweeping the Jackson County Lady Panthers 25-8, 25-20, but losing to Oconee County 25-14, 27-29, 22-25.
 
Jefferson (17-9, 5-2 Region 8-AAA) totaled 17 kill points and 33 points off aces including 13 from senior Paige Watson in the win over Jackson County.
 
Jefferson plays at Morgan County next Thursday in another region showdown.
See the complete coverage in the Sept. 18 print edition of The Paper.