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Football preview: Jackson County heads over to East Jackson


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.

Football preview: Mill Creek hosts Collins Hill


Collins Hill (5-2, 3-1 Region 7-AAAAAA) at Mill Creek (4-3, 3-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Mill Creek High School

Head Coaches: Collins Hill, Kevin Reach; Mill Creek, Shannon Jarvis

Players To Watch: Collins Hill, Jordan Bertrand, RB, Codi Russell, WR, Monty Horn, QB; Mill Creek, Daniel David, QB, Johnathan Hawkins, RB, Chase Turner, DE

In what is a Titanic-type of matchup, the Hawks and the Eagles could potentially become an offensive shootout.

Last week, the Eagles shutout Duluth. Mill Creek has been off for a week following its dominating 55-7 win against Mountain View on Oct. 10.

The x-factor for any game the Hawks compete in is quarterback Daniel David. He tallied up four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) against Mountain View. He also had two touchdowns in the Hawks’ victory against Meadowcreek on Oct. 3.

However, the defense has also shown to be an x-factor the past two games for Mill Creek, allowing only 14 total points. The offense has put up 118 points the past two games.

The Eagles are riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s game, with victories over Mountain View, Meadowcreek and Duluth. The Hawks defeated Duluth earlier in the season.

Both team’s last defeat came at the hands of North Gwinnett. The Eagles lost to 42-24 on Sept. 19. The Hawks lost 51-41 on Sept. 26.

Prediction: A high-scoring game is in store, but the Hawks defense makes enough plays to slow down the Eagles and send Mill Creek to 5-3.

Football Preview: Commerce takes on Towns County


Towns County (1-7, 1-5 Region 8-A) at Commerce (5-2, 4-1)

When: 8 p.m. tonight

Where: Commerce High School

Head Coaches: Towns County, Billy Barnhart; Commerce, Marvin Justice

Players To Watch: Towns County, Cole Ledford, QB, Kobe Denton, RB, Cruz Shook, RB; Commerce, J’varius Wood, WR, Cole Chancey, RB, Caleb Brooks, QB

The Tigers come into tonight’s game having won three of its last four games, two of which came on the road at Athens Christian (10-7) and at Providence Christian Academy (49-10) last week.

A win keeps the Tigers in touch with Class 8-A leaders Athens Christian and Prince Avenue Christian.

Towns County comes into the game riding a five-game losing streak in which the team has been outscored 224-42 over the five games.

Prediction: Commerce has found its groove and will keep momentum rolling heading towards the playoffs.

Season-Ending Series: Lady Panthers fall in 2nd round of state playoffs


Ringgold scores 2 last-inning runs to bounce Jackson County


JEFFERSON—In 2013, the Jackson County Lady Panthers’ softball team was bounced from the round of 16 of the Class AAA state playoffs by the Ringgold Lady Tigers.

In 2014, with the No. 1-seed and making quick work of Franklin County in the first round, the Lady Panthers experienced déjà vu as standing in their way of a trip to the Elite 8 in Columbus yet again was the Lady Tigers.

When Ringgold freshman Kaylee Womack knocked two runs across the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two to give the Lady Tigers a 5-4 come-from-behind victory, the déjà vu became reality for the Lady Panthers.

For the second straight season, the Lady Tigers ended the Lady Panthers’ championship hopes and season, sweeping the best-of-three-games series Wednesday at Jackson County.

The Lady Tigers dominated game one 11-2 and scored three runs in the final two innings of the 5-4 game-two victory. Continue reading Season-Ending Series: Lady Panthers fall in 2nd round of state playoffs

Perdue’s Oct. 29 campaign stops include Jefferson’s Dairy Queen

David Perdue posed with Martha Martin at Beef O'Brady's in Jefferson in July during Perdue's “RV Tour of the State of Georgia.” At 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, Perdue will be at Dairy Queen in Jefferson.

David Perdue posed with Martha Martin at Beef O’Brady’s in Jefferson in July during Perdue’s “RV Tour of the State of Georgia.” At 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, Perdue will be at Dairy Queen in Jefferson.

David Perdue, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is continuing his statewide tour highlighting how Washington is not working and why Georgians want a new direction with stops in Jefferson, Monroe and Lawrenceville.

During the campaign earlier this summer on his “RV Tour of the State of Georgia,” Perdue made a stop at Beef O’Brady’s in Jefferson. See some scenes from that stop and read about it below.

The second leg of the tour will include almost 30 public events across Georgia.

Perdue plans to start his day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Dairy Queen in Jefferson at 7:30 a.m. before heading to Pot Luck Café in Monroe at 9 a.m. Continue reading Perdue’s Oct. 29 campaign stops include Jefferson’s Dairy Queen