It was a battle to the finish, but the Greyhounds overcame a rash of penalties, including three touchdowns called back in the first half, to hold off a very scrappy Ola team and improve to 9-0 with a 23-14 victory in Gray Friday night.
Jones County likely clinched the Region 4-5A title with the win and can finish the regular season undefeated for the first time in school history with a win at Stockbridge next week.
Stockbridge is 7-2 after beating Woodland 31-10 Friday.
Dutchtown, which beat Eagle’s Landing 27-0, is 8-1 but the loss was to Jones County, so the Greyhounds hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bulldogs.
Jones County has not won a region title since 2001.
Friday’s game with Ola remained in doubt until the final minute. The Greyhounds, who led only 16-14, stopped the Mustangs on fourth down at the 49 with just over a minute to play.
Two long runs, 32 yards by Maleek Wooten and 19 yards to the end zone by Jontavis Robertson gave the Greyhounds the clinching touchdown with 30 seconds remaining.
Robertson also had a long punt return for a touchdown and Wooten had a 25-yard catch and run for Jones County’s only first half touchdown.