MCDONOUGH – The road continues to be kind to the Greyhounds. Jones County took to the road on Friday and bounced back, opening region play with a 38-22 road win at Union Grove.
Now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in region play, Jones County heads home next Friday in search of its first win this season at Greyhound Field, hosting Stockbridge. The Tigers are 2-1 on the season and blanked Locust Grove 36-0 last week to open region play.
“We’re glad to get another one on the road,” Greyhounds head coach Mike Chastain said. “Now, we want to win one at home, that’s the goal.”
The Greyhounds defense, a week after being unable to get a stop when it was needed in the second half against Veterans, earned a strong measure of redemption against Union Grove, turning back one Wolverines drive by way of a turnover on downs in the fourth quarter before a multitude of Greyhounds led by Grayson Lundy registered a quarterback sack with 4:37 to play, more or less putting the win away for Jones County, which also got a Drew Jones interception in the closing minutes.
“I thought our defense got better (Friday),” Chastain said. “I was definitely proud of them.”
The turnovers weren’t limited to the final minutes for Jones County. Less than two minutes into the second half, with the Greyhounds clinging to a 14-9 lead, Roderick Freeman ran back an interception 35 yards, and Jones County led 21-9. The Wolverines answered with a 44-yard touchdown, pulling to only being down 21-16. That’s when the Greyhounds offense, which stumbled in the first half to the tune of multiple dropped passes and three interceptions through the first three quarters, responded. First, it was John Alan Richter’s pass to Ed Chester being good for a 31-yard touchdown with 4:50 to go in the third quarter. The lead inched to 31-16 early in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Evan West.
Union Grove would close to as few as nine points behind with 6:41 to go, but after the sack led by Lundy, the short scoring drive was ended by a Javious Bond 12-yard run that made the score 38-22 with 1:53 to play. Bond, who missed the Veterans game with an injury, rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries.
Jones County fought through a slow offensive start, including their second and third offensive drives ending on a deflection that was intercepted by Union Grove, the first of which was in the end zone. The Greyhounds, who trailed 6-0, got on the board with 7:56 left in the second quarter when Zion Ragins took a sweep 47 yards. Up 7-6, the ground game continued to pay off for Jones County. After a 54-yard run by Drew Jones got the Greyhounds into the red zone, a six-yard run by Bond finished the scoring drive off, and JCHS led 14-9 with 3:02 to go until halftime, enough momentum for the Greyhounds to carry toward the second half.
“Offensively, we shot ourselves in the foot a few times, but I thought for the most part we did a good job the whole game,” Chastain said.