EAST JACKSON’S 2013 football season hasn’t gone exactly as planned thus far.
After defeating Banks County in their season opener, the Eagles have dropped four straight games while giving up an average 44 points per game.
East Jackson’s most recent loss was dealt by Elbert County in a 53-3 pummeling.
The Eagles have fallen to two straight Region 8-AAA opponents and the schedule doesn’t get any easier heading down the stretch.
Next Friday, East Jackson travels to undefeated Hart County for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Eagles will have to deal with a balanced Hart County offense, which has scored no less than 26 points a game this season.
With senior quarterback Dakota Mitchell running the Bulldogs pistol offense and senior tailback K.J. Moore in the back field, the Eagle defense will have to scheme to stop the pass as well as the run.
If Hart County has a weakness, it is the lack of experience on defense, as the Bulldogs have lined up seven new starters since last year. An East Jackson offense that is struggling to find its identity will need to take advantage of any mismatch it can to put up points.
If the Eagles can pull off the upset, it would be the first time they have defeated Hart County in the four years the two teams have competed.