ELBERTON -- Elbert County scored early, often and in a multitude of ways in a 54-8 romp over visiting Jackson County Friday.
Beginning with Valdon Cooper’s game-opening, 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the speedy Blue Devils (4-1, 2-0) scored three times in the first 3:10 of the contest to take a 20-0 lead and the scenery never changed for the Panthers (2-3), who fell to 0-2 in Region 8-AA South play. Click here for JCCHS-Elbert County photos.
Included in the Blue Devils’ offensive onslaught were touchdowns of 35, 18, 70, 28 and 18 yards as Elbert County topped the 50-point mark for the second straight game. The 70-yarder came off a punt return from Tyshon Dye, who scored three touchdowns on the evening. The Blue Devils have tallied 117 points the past two weeks.
Jackson County's Kyle Daniel catches a pass Friday during the Panthers' 54-8 loss to Elbert County. Photo by Ben Munro
Jalen Banks started at quarterback for Jackson County after earning no. 1 spot over Kyle Daniel, but it was a third option, Tony Holton, who ended up taking the majority of the snaps for the Panthers.
Both Banks and Daniel saw action at wide receiver, though Banks eventually re-entered at quarterback in the fourth quarter.
Holton – who took over on the Panthers’ fourth offensive series -- directed an 11-play, 93-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, capping it off with a three-yard touchdown run with 10:40 left in the period to cut the lead to 20-6. Included the march was a big 36-yard completion from Holton to Preston Esco to move the Panthers into Blue Devil territory.
Jackson County got the ball back late in the first half down by 14 points, but couldn’t move and was forced to punt to Elbert County. The Blue Devils scored three plays later with a 35-yard touchdown pass with 1:44 left in the half, effectively killing any momentum the Panthers had generated.
The Panthers got their only other points late on a safety.
Jackson County faces Oglethorpe County next week as it continues to seek its first subregion win. The winless Patriots (0-5) fell to East Jackson 39-12 Friday.
Look like Jackson Co. need to get rid of all of their coaches and bring in a new crew. What they have is not working. Maybe they need to get rid of the athelic director too, since he can't see the picture either. That sad that they have all that talet on the team, but don't know how to play them. If they keep losing like they have all these years, it's going make the kids not want to be part of the sorry team. Just because the kid parents pay more money on the booster club then the one's that dont, want make them a better player. Wake up Jackson Co.director and smell the coffee, because it is burning and your job should be on the line.
I agree with a lot of what you are saying. It has been that way for years at JCCHS. The last good coach they had was Golden back in the early 90's. I feel bad for the players. They work hard and try hard, but coaching will kill you. JCCHS needs to take a long look at how they hire coaches. The "kneejerk" reaction is not paying off. They need a real coach and AD that will focus on the kids and make the program better.