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Hounds outlast lightning, down Howard
by Chuck Thompson
Aug 29, 2013 | 829 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Doug Richardson (17) pushes a blocker into Howard punter Kenneth Chapman to block the kick that Jake Thompson (27) chases down, but Thompson comes up a yard short of a touchdown when he dives for the end zone early in last Friday’s preseason game.
Doug Richardson (17) pushes a blocker into Howard punter Kenneth Chapman to block the kick that Jake Thompson (27) chases down, but Thompson comes up a yard short of a touchdown when he dives for the end zone early in last Friday’s preseason game.
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Most of the fireworks came before the game, when lightning to the south and east of Gray delayed the teams from taking the field until nearly two hours late.

But the Greyhounds did have a couple of strikes themselves when play finally did begin, to take a 14-0 victory over Howard in a preseason football contest last Friday.

“I’m glad we were able to stick it out and get the game in,” Jones County coach Dwight Jones said. “We really needed to play somebody else before we open up against a strong Alcovy team this week. We did some good things, and we saw some things we need to work on this week to be ready to play Friday.”

Barney Hester, who takes over at Howard this season after more than 30 years and 11 state championships at Tattnall Square in Macon, also was eager to see his new players in a game situation.

“We open up at East Laurens (this Friday), and they will have already played a game, so we really need to play to see where we are,” Hester said as he and Jones waited along with everyone else during the lightning delay.

After the first hour of waiting, Jones suggested going home and coming back Saturday to play the game, but Hester said he would have trouble getting his players back together on such short notice on a weekend, so they agreed to wait as late as possible to get the game in.

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