Hounds down Dutchtown, secure home playoff game

Drake Bolus intercepts pass in the end zone.

See you next Friday back at Greyhound Field.

Jones County held off a tough Dutchtown team 23-12 Friday night in Gray to secure second place in Region 4-5A and the Greyhounds’ first home state playoff game since 2001.

Jones County finished the regular season with a 9-1 record for the second time in three years. The Greyhounds were 7-1 in the region.

They will host Griffin, also 9-1, which tied with two other schools for the Region 3-5A lead but wound up seeded third due to the tiebreaker formula.

Dutchtown finished the regular season 7-3 overall and 5-3 in the region and will be the fourth seed from 4-5A. The Bulldogs finished tied for third with Eagle’s Landing but were bumped to the No. 4 seed because they lost to the Eagles in the regular season. Dutchtown will play at Starr’s Mill, also 9-1, next week.

Teams from Region 4 will play teams from Region 3 in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Griffin, Starr’s Mill and Whitewater all finished 5-1 in region play, and in head-to-head matchups Whitewater beat Griffin, Griffin beat Starr’s Mill and Starr’s Mill beat Whitewater, so the tiebreaker to determine the region standings was the point differential between those three teams. That made Starr’s Mill No. 1, Whitewater No. 2 and Griffin No. 3.

Next week, Stockbridge, the Region 4 champ with a 10-0 record, will host McIntosh, the No. 4 team from Region 3, and Whitewater will host Eagle’s Landing.

The first half of Friday’s game in Gray was a real dogfight.

The Greyhounds fumbled on their first play, giving Dutchtown the ball at their 18. But the Jones County defense held the Bulldogs out of the end zone, forcing a 28-yard field goal by Ocean Curvin that gave the visitors the initial 3-0 lead.

A good kickoff return by Jontavias Robertson gave the Greyhounds the ball at the Dutchtown 40, and they drove in for the go-ahead touchdown on a 4-yard run by Drake Bolus.

A poor pooch kickoff gave Dutchtown the ball at its 45, and the Bulldogs drove to the Jones County 8 before stalling again and getting a 25-yard field goal from Curvin to make it 7-6.

Dutchtown forced a quick punt and drove back down the field, but a pass from Arendez Fedd to Travon Jones was intercepted in the end zone by Bolus to allow Jones County to hold the lead, momentarily.

But another four-and-out gave the Bulldogs the ball back at their 45, and Chris Joyce broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run to put Dutchtown ahead 12-7 with 8:16to go in the first half. Curvin missed the extra point kick.

The Greyhounds again answered with a touchdown drive, going 80 yards in seven plays, with Bolus again running in for the final 4 yards. Josh Skinner’s kick made it 14-12.

Jones County had an early drive in the third quarter but the Bulldogs forced a fumble by Bolus and recovered it at the 4 to avoid giving up a touchdown.

But Fedd dropped the shotgun snap on first down and was tackled in the end zone for a safety that increased Jones County’s lead to 16-12.

The Greyhounds had another good return on the free kick by the Bulldogs, but they were unable to drive in for the touchdown and Skinner missed a 35-yard field goal try.

Jones County finally scored a touchdown with 7:28 to play to boost its lead to 23-12 and gain some breathing room when Demontae Trawick broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run from the Greyhounds’ power formation on a third-and-2 play from the 43.

Dutchtown had two more drives but was stopped on downs in Jones County territory both times.

-- Chuck Thompson | chuck@jcnews.com

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