Jackson County (1-7, 0-4 Region 8-AAA) at East Jackson (1-7, 0-4)
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight
Where: East Jackson Comprehensive High School
Head Coaches: Jackson County, Benji Harrison; East Jackson, Gary Hughes
Players To Watch: Jackson County, Jacob Lewis, QB, Chase Wester, WR/DB, Griffin McElvery, LB; East Jackson, Josh Adair, QB, Taylor Murphy, RB/LB, Michael Seagraves RB/LB
In a battle of east vs. west, the in-county clash between the Panthers and the Eagles doesn’t have any playoff ramifications this season. All that is on the line is pride and bragging rights.
Both teams lost big on the road last week, Jackson County 43-7 at Hart County; East Jackson 63-0 at Jefferson. It will be a battle of two different offenses. The Panthers look to make big plays in both the passing and running games, while East Jackson is a run-oriented offense that will do what it can to keep the clock moving and sustain long drives.
Defensively, both have struggled this season. The Eagles have given up 313 total points including 42 or more in five of eight games.
Since getting its first win of the year in a 31-6 drumming of East Hall, Jackson County finds itself on a four-game losing streak, giving up 37, 42 (twice) and 43 points respectively during that time.
East Jackson looks to break a six-game losing streak.
Prediction: In what will be a close, physical battle, a late score will be all that separates the two teams.