The Greyhounds were only 3-7 in their opening games the last 10 years and had dropped the last two when playing up a classification against Luella (26-8 in 2010 and 27-20 last year).
And they got off to a slow start this season against Alcovy, which was in the same subregion with the Hounds last year but moved up to Class 6A this year.
The Tigers took advantage of two Jones County mistakes – a bad punt snap that gave them the ball at the Hounds’ 15, followed by an interception that gave them the ball at the 26 – to score a touchdown and field goal to take a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
But the Hounds, sparked by the first of three interceptions by their defense, rallied with a 53-yard touchdown drive late in the first half and then, after the second pickoff by Jake Thompson, went 54 yards on their second possession of the second half for another score to go ahead 14-10. They never trailed after that.
Now comes a shorter trip over to Forsyth to face Mary Persons on Friday night. The Bulldogs are 0-1 under new coach Brian Nelson after a 24-23 loss to longtime rival Jackson on the road last Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Dan Pitts Stadium.
“There’s a lot we know we can improve on, and we have to get better to keep winning,” Jones County coach Dwight Jones said of last week’s opener. “But the good things were I thought the guys played hard, and when we got down 10-0, they didn’t quit. They kept fighting and we won. But I don’t want us to get used to being down 10-0 before we get going.”
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