Hounds rally past Wayne County

It looked about as bleak as possible.

The Greyhounds, playing most of the game without their top two offensive performers all season, found themselves trailing 14-6 entering the final quarter of their second round state playoff game at Wayne County on Friday night. 

But backups Hunter Costlow at quarterback, Semaj Ingram at running back and John Walton at wide receiver came through in the clutch to help Jones County rally past the Yellow Jackets with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to stay alive with a 26-21 victory. 

The 11-1 Greyhounds advance to the quarterfinals to play at Carver-Atlanta next Friday. It is the first time in school history Jones County has won 11 games in a season. 

Starting quarterback Teldrick Ross could not play due to a fractured ankle suffered last week against Griffin.

So the plan for Friday was for senior running back Drake Bolus to share quarterback duties with sophomore backup Costlow. 

But Bolus went down with a bruised shin and high ankle sprain on Jones County's first drive. He was able to return for a couple of series in the second half but was unable to produce the breakaway plays he is known for. 

"When Drake went down, there went half of our game plan," coach Justin Rogers said.

"We had to keep adjusting and go back to stuff we hadn't practiced since back in the summer. But give the guys credit for finding a way - Costlow, Ingram, Walton and all the rest. And the defense did an outstanding job keeping us in the game. I'm just so proud of all of our guys."

Costlow passed for two touchdowns, both to Jontavious Robertson, and his passes helped Jones County get into scoring position on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter rally.

Antonio Evans scored one touchdown on a 3-yard run in Jones County's power set, and Ingram broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run off tackle.

Wayne County, also playing without its starting quarterback, who injured his hand last week, tried to rally after Jones County had gone ahead 26-14.

Sophomore Shamar Taylor hit junior Ashby Cribb for a 37-yard touchdown pass - their third scoring hookup of the game - with 2:29 to play to make it 26-21. 

The Yellow Jackets got the ball back at the 49 with an onside kick, but the Jones County defense came up with three sacks to get the ball back, and the Greyhounds were able to run out the clock for the win.


The Jones County News

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