•Jackson County’s coach: Benji Harrison (1-0 at Jackson County, first year)
•Jefferson’s coach: T. McFerrin (25-9 at Jefferson, fourth season; 326-102-4 overall, 38th season)
•Last week: Jackson County 21, Winder-Barrow 10; Commerce 22, Jefferson 7
•Series: Jefferson leads 4-0
•What else: This is only the fifth meeting of these schools, whose stadiums are about a mile apart. However, this is the third-straight years the teams have played. Jackson County and Jefferson resumed this series in 2010 after a 25-year hiatus ... Unlike the 2010 and 2011 games, this is a non-region match-up since Jackson County is now in 8-AAA and Jefferson remained in 8-AA ... Jackson County picked up a 21-10 win over Winder-Barrow last week in coach Benji Harrison’s debut ... Panther quarterback Kyle Daniel is coming off a two-touchdown performance last week. He conneccted both times with Ben Brissey on the scoring strikes ... Jefferson saw its five-game winning streak against Commerce snapped last week, losing 22-7. This was also the Dragons’ first loss in a season opener since 2007.
•What the coaches are saying:
— Jackson County coach Benji Harrison on Jefferson: “Jefferson is good,” he said. “Jefferson has a quarterback that can make plays all over the field. Defensively, they get 11 hats to the football. They’re a physical football team. Regardless of how it turned out (last) Friday (against Commerce), they’re a team that knows how to win.”
— Jefferson coach T. McFerrin on Jackson County: “(They’ve got) size and experience, and they throw the ball well and they’ve got good receivers and good threats out there.”