•Banks County’s coach: Phillip Jones (7-4 at Banks County, second season)
•East Jackson’s coach: Brian Smith (3-7 at East Jackson, second season; 99-79 overall, 18th season
•Series: East Jackson leads 3-1
•What else: East Jackson coach Brian Smith seeks his 100th career victory Friday night ... The Eagles carry a six-game losing streak into this contest ... Banks County won the first ever game in this series 42-0 in 2008, but East Jackson has won every game since by double digits. The Eagles have won the past two years by an aggregate score of 73-7 ... After posting 10 straight losing seasons from 1998 to 2007, Banks County has posted three winning seasons in the last four years. It has also qualfied for the state playoffs two out of the last four years. The Leopards won the 8-AA North subregion last year ... The Leopards are members of Region 7-AAA now.
•What the coach is saying:
--East Jackson coach Brian Smith on Banks County:
“The quarterback runs the ball really well. They bring a little pressure from the outside from time to time. They’re running the ball better than they were at this time last year. Pretty physical team up front. I think the two programs are pretty similar right now to be honest with you.”
---On starting the season:
We’ll be glad to start playing. Our kids will, we will as coaches, everything,” Smith said.