Jones County downed Grovetown 48-37 Friday night in Gray to secure the
school's first state playoff berth in football since 2004.
The Greyhounds finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, their best
since 2001, and earned the third seed from Region 2-AAAAA.
They will face Glynn Academy (7-3) in Brunswick in the opening round of the
playoffs next Friday at 7:30 p.m. Glynn downed Jenkins Friday night to
overtake Effingham County, which lost to Ware County 49-0, for the second
seed from Region 3-AAAAA.
The Greyhounds finished third in their region with a 5-2 record behind
Northside-Warner Robins, which was 7-0 after beating Evans, and Warner
Robins, which was 6-1 after downing Lakeside-Evans 40-19. Lakeside finished
fourth in the region at 4-3.
Jones County had to battle to down Grovetown (3-7). The Warriors jumped
ahead 16-7 in the opening quarter, but the Greyhounds stormed back to build
a 41-16 lead early in the third quarter. But Grovetown did not quit, cutting
Jones County's lead to 11 points early in the fourth quarter. The Jones
County defense then held the Warriors scoreless over the last 10 minutes to
seal the victory.
Senior Undre Williams scored five touchdowns on runs of 18, 34, 3, 1 and 77
yards to lead the Greyhounds, but they got a scare when he was hit on the
left knee returning a kickoff late in the third quarter. He did not return
to the game, but coach Dwight Jones said afterward that they held Williams
out as a precautionary measure and he should be good to go next week.
Jo Jo Gibbons also scored on a 19-yard run and guard Jaylin Wright recovered
a fumble in the end zone for the Greyhounds' other touchdowns.
See next week's newspaper for the whole story.