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Lady Panthers start season strong, down Madison Co. at home

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JEFFERSON — The Jackson County Lady Panthers hosted Madison County at Panther Indoor Stadium last Friday night in the first regular-season game of the year with only one thing on their mind, getting a win.

Jackson County (1-0) defeated Madison County, 60-49, outscoring the Lady Red Raiders, 35-25, in the second half.

The Lady Panthers were led by Brianna Love’s 14 points and Kieanna Ledford’s 7-point, 16-rebound performance.

 “We cut down on the turnovers this game and really got everyone involved,” Lady Panthers’ head coach Julie McCutcheon said. “There were some things down the stretch that we need to work on.

Last year, we were teaching a lot, and this year, those things we taught are starting to go into motion.”

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Lady Panthers start season strong, down Madison Co. at home

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BY COLIN HUBBARD

sports@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON — The Jackson County Lady Panthers hosted Madison County at Panther Indoor Stadium last Friday night in the first regular-season game of the year with only one thing on their mind, getting a win.

Jackson County (1-0) defeated Madison County, 60-49, outscoring the Lady Red Raiders, 35-25, in the second half.

The Lady Panthers were led by Bri Love’s 15 points, four assists and four rebounds.

“We cut down on the turnovers this game and really got everyone involved,” Lady Panthers’ head coach Julie McCutcheon said. “There were some things down the stretch that we need to work on.

Last year, we were teaching a lot, and this year, those things we taught are starting to go into motion.” Continue reading Lady Panthers start season strong, down Madison Co. at home

Storming Through: Tigers race past Panthers and in to round No. 2

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BY KYLE FUNDERBURK

 

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COMMERCE – Special teams, great defense and a big helping of Will Thomas were the ingredients for a successful night for Commerce on Friday night.

 

The Commerce Tigers (9-2) bounced Clinch County, 37-7, in the first round of the Class A Public state playoffs to advance to the second round for the first time since 2009.

 

Thomas rushed for a game-high 171 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns.

 

The defense forced two turnovers, while the special teams blocked a punt, had a long return and recovered an onside kick.

 

“We challenged the kids the last two weeks to come out here and play hard, execute and to play with heart and they did,” Commerce head coach Michael Brown said.

 

“We knew we had to establish the fullback to have any success tonight. Caleb Brooks made the right reads and the offensive line blocked well.”

Staying Perfect: Jefferson rolls through Dodge County, 27-7, to advance to 3rd straight quarterfinals appearance

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Face undefeated Blessed Trinity at home in quarterfinal showdown

BY CHARLES PHELPS

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JEFFERSON — The No. 1-seed Jefferson Dragons put together another dominant performance in the Class AAA state playoffs Friday night at Memorial Stadium, ousting the No. 3-seeded Dodge County Indians, 27-7.

With the win, Jefferson reached 12-0 for the first time in school history. They host undefeated Blessed Trinity (12-0) next Friday night in the quarterfinals.

It is the third consecutive quarterfinal appearance for the Dragons.

“It is special. It is special to be undefeated at this point,” Jefferson head coach Ben Hall said about the 12-0 mark and advancing to the quarterfinals.

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Road Warriors vs. Unbeaten: Dragons host Indians in second-round showdown

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No. 3 Dodge County (9-2) at No. 1 Jefferson (11-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Jefferson Memorial Stadium

Head Coaches: Dodge County, Rex Hodges; Jefferson, Ben Hall

Players To Watch: Dodge County, Roscoe Wilcox, RB/DB, Justin Peterson, DE/TE, Kyle Glover, FB/MLB, Landon Martin, QB/DB ; Jefferson, Evan Shirreffs, QB, Sammy Williams, RB, T.J. Skelton, WR, Tradd Porter, DB

After two close games to close out the 2014 regular season, the fourth-ranked Jefferson Dragons got back on track last week during its Class AAA state playoff opener against the Franklin County Lions.

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