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Start of football season inches closer

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    This year’s Greyhounds hit the field for practice dressed in shorts and wearing helmets Monday. Next will be practice with pads. BRAD HARRISON/Contributed

The next bridge toward the start of football season for Jones County was crossed on Monday morning with the Greyhounds, dressed out in shorts and helmets, being on the field on the GHSA’s first permitted day for official practice. Teams may practice in pads on Aug. 1.

Aug. 1 is also the first official day of practice for all other fall sports.

For this week at least, the Greyhounds are getting their work in during the early morning timeslots.

One recent variable that is marking preseason practice is now a longer time window before outside competition is allowed. With all scrimmages and games moved back by two weeks, there are now an extra two weeks for teams to get on-field work in. That means that there’ll be roughly a month’s worth of time between the start of practice and Jones County’s scrimmage set for the week of Aug. 28 at Houston County and the season opener on Sept. 4 against Northeast-Macon.

Greyhound football timeline

  • Aug. 1: Teams may begin practicing with pads
  • Aug. 28: Scrimmage at Houston County
  • Sept. 4: Season opener agaist Northeast-Macon

That could work to Jones County’s advantage given that one of the holes it has to replace on the offensive side of the ball with the graduation of Hunter Costlow under center. All told, there are five quarterbacks on the Greyhounds roster: junior John Alan Richter; sophomores Ed Chester and Connor Bass, the most experienced in the group; and freshmen Solomon Burney and Will Keenum.

“We’re sitting at five guys that look really good,” Chastain said.“All the guys are competing really well.”

With two more weeks of time to practice in the sweltering Georgia heat, there is, of course, a potential worry for players adapting to weather conditions. Chastain does not see that as much of an issue for the Greyhounds, however.

“Our guys are really acclimated to the heat because of the things they have already had to do during the summer. Usually, our guys are acclimated because they’ve been going all summer,” Chastain said. “Usually, the guys that are not used to it are people that have not done anything all summer. Fortunately for us, we have had everyone here; guys have been doing stuff all summer. We’ve been able to work with the ninth-graders probably more hands on than we have.”

Football season tickets now on sale

Jones County football season ticket holders have until August 7 to renew tickets for the upcoming season. Tickets not renewed during this time will be released to the general public. Season ticket holders from last year may renew by going to the high school during the following times: July 29-31 from 9-11 a.m.; July 28 and 30 from 7-8 p.m.; Aug. 3-7 from 9-11 a.m.; and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, please contact Rachel Dugger at rdugger@ windstream.net, 478-457-6754 or by visiting www.facebook. com/jonescountyfootballONLY.