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Greyhounds host elite team for season opener

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If Jones County wanted a red-carpet feel for the public debut of the improvements at Greyhound Stadium, it certainly won’t be in an environment short on star power.

The improved Greyhound Stadium, which features a new playing surface and a total of 2,104 seats on the visiting side, will also be the stage for the Greyhounds, ranked No. 8 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's preseason 5A rankings, as they host Grayson, the preseason No. 1 team in 7A, Georgia’s largest classification.

Game details: Grayson at Jones County

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Tickets: Due to COVID-19, seating capacity at Greyhound Field is currently limited to 50 percent. Tickets will be sold through for $10. Any remaining tickets will be sold in person starting at 6 p.m. Friday at the homegate. Updates on ticket availability will be available on the Jones County Football Facebook page or at JCGreyhounds on Twitter.

Entry info: Fans may enter at the front homegate, front visitor’s gate and the ticket gate behind the home side stands. All other gates will be locked.

Safety measures: Fans are asked to socialdistance as much as possible, and masks arehighly recommended. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available at entry gates. 

The Rams have five preseason all-state selections and seven seniors committed to SEC or ACC programs. Grayson beat last year’s 7A champ, Marietta but lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up, Lowndes.

Jones County was originally set to open the season against Northeast-Macon. But when the Bibb County Public Schools postponed athletic events, the Greyhounds were in need of another opponent in place of the Raiders. Grayson won’t be the only 7A power on the schedule for Jones County this year. Next week, North Gwinnett, a 7A semifinalist a year ago, visits Gray.

The Greyhounds have the task of debuting a new quarterback against a defense from a team that is nationally ranked with the Jones County secondary, which returns three of four starters from a year ago, gets a stiff test out of the gate in the Rams Florida verbal commitments–quarterback Carlos Del Rio and receiver Daejon Reynolds. Toss in Clemson commit Phil Mafah, and the Greyhounds will have their shot at showing what they can do against one of the state’s most heralded collections of talent.

“They're really well coached, they’re very modern in their scheme,” Jones County head coach Mike Chastain said.” They're long, you see lots of length and height. They can run well, we’re just ready to get to the game.”