SOFTBALL: Lott’s walk-off single sends Jackson Co. past Oconee Co., 4-3; Lady Panthers tied with Morgan Co. for 1st in region



 JEFFERSON — The Jackson County Lady Panthers saw a 3-1 lead evaporate in the fifth inning against the Oconee County Lady Warriors. The Warriors managed two runs to tie the game at 3-3.

With extra innings looming, the Lady Panthers showed why they are the defending Region 8-AAA region champions as freshman Joni Lott smashed a single and brought the winning run home as the Lady Panthers toppled the Lady Warriors, 4-3, at Jackson County.

Jackson County (12-3, 5-1) is tied with Morgan County (9-3, 5-1) for first place in the region standings.

Madi Pecht led the Lady Panthers with a double and two RBIs from the plate. Shelton Kendrix went 4-for-4 from the plate. Jessica Burke recorded two hits and an RBI and Lott’s seventh-inning single was her lone hit and RBI of the game.

The Lady Panthers fell behind 1-0 in the second inning, but struck in the third, snagging three runs (3-1) to take the lead. The teams went scoreless in the fourth, but the Lady Warriors managed two runs in the fifth to tie the game, 3-3.

Lott’s brought home the last run of the game.

Jackson County hosts Elbert County tomorrow night.

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Dragons rolls past Hebron Christian, Prince Avenue



BOGART — The Jefferson Lady Dragons’ volleyball team continued its great start to 2015 Tuesday night at Prince Avenue Christian School.

The Lady Dragons downed the Wolverines in straight sets (25-21, 25-17) and slid past Hebron Christian Academy in straight sets (25-19, 25-21).

Lindsey Nilsen and Abby Wood turned in a “great hitting night,” head coach Mike Paul said. Nilsen and Wood combined for 23 kills (Nilsen-12, Wood-11). Wood also served two aces. Nilsen recorded two blocks on the defensive end.

Darien Matlock served well, recording 12 aces. Madison Corbett recorded 18 assists and Grace Haney added 14.

The team also played “excellent” defense, Paul said. As a group, they recorded 45 digs. Three players recorded double-digit digs (Olivia Przybysz-13, Wood-11, Matlock-10).

The Lady Dragons play tomorrow at Habersham Central.

Commerce rolls past Banks County, 55-13



HOMER — The Commerce Tigers showed why they are the big cats in the neighborhood, beating the Banks County Leopards 55-13 on Friday night in Homer.

The game was close for the entire first quarter, but the Tigers pulled away in the second quarter.

After J’Varius Wood opened the game with a 7-yard touchdown run, the Leopards answered with a 58-yard pass from Griffen Goodwin to Zez Steeple to tie the game 7-7.

Commerce didn’t waste time on their next drive, a 39-run by Cole Chancey and 17-run by Caleb Brooks was all the Tigers needed to regain the lead. Less than a minute into the second quarter, Travae Cain added an 8-yard touchdown run but the extra point was missed and Commerce led 14-13.

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Wood’s five touchdowns leads Jefferson past Winder-Barrow, 32-17



JEFFERSON – In what was a much-anticipated week-two matchup between the Jefferson Dragons and Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs, the Dragons pulled away late in the fourth quarter to win 32-17 behind running back Colby Wood’s five touchdowns.

Wood carried the ball 31 times for 239 yards and four rushing touchdowns for the Dragons (2-0). He also caught a touchdown.

Winder-Barrow’s CeCe Green led the Bulldoggs (0-1) with 154 yards on 20 attempts and scored once.

Jefferson scored the last 18 points of the game and held the Bulldoggs to 18 total yards of offense from that point on.

“I’m proud of the way the guys responded when they had their backs against the wall,” Jefferson head coach Ben Hall said. “We’re a young football team and mistakes are going to happen.

We will continue to improve and that says a lot about the team we have.”

Big second-half performance lifts Panthers past Red Raiders



 DANIELSVILLE – Down 17-6 at halftime, the Jackson County Panthers needed a spark to get back in the game against the Madison County Red Raiders and first-year head coach Brandon Worley told his players to “win each play” in the second half. The players got the message loud and clear as the Panthers scored 22-unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a 48-23 victory Friday night.

“It feels awesome,” Worley said about getting his first win as a head coach. “I’m proud for these kids and these coaches because they have worked their tails off. They deserve it.”

It was the first time Jackson County (1-0) has ever defeated Madison County.

“It will be something to remember,” Worley added.

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