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Hawks soar past Broncos in Corky Kell Classic matchup

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 BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

ATLANTA — Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis asked his football players how many of them had never been in the Georgia Dome before last Saturday’s Corky Kell Classic?

To his surprise, an estimated 30 players raised their hands, leaving Jarvis wishing he hadn’t asked the question. But, if his team had nerves, they were nerves of steel as the Hawks routed the Brookwood Broncos, 42-7, at the Georgia Dome.

Mill Creek is an overall 3-1 against Brookwood.

Junior quarterback Cameron Turley had a good showing in his first career start for the Hawks, going 15 of 21 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Daniel Leconte rushed for 63 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. He caught two passes for 26 yards.

Senior Miles Riley finished the day with 78 receiving yards and one touchdown. Edmond Graham snagged five passes for 58 yards and Riley Snyder caught one pass for 35 yards and one touchdown.

The Hawks’ defense did its job against the Broncos’ offense, scoring two touchdowns (Joe Thomas 40-yard blocked punt return, Aaron Anderson 66-yard interception return) and holding them to 202 yards of total offense. Mill Creek hosts West Forsyth this Friday.

For more on this story, read this week’s edition of The Paper.

Wood, Dragons run past Wildcats in season opener

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

TIGER — Whatever questions skeptics had about the Jefferson Dragons’ hopes for the 2015 season may have been answered Friday night at Frank Snyder Stadium against the Rabun County Wildcats.

Jefferson sophomore running back Colby Wood answered the question of could he carry the load in the Dragons’ backfield, picking up right where his predecessor, Sammy Williams, left off, rushing for 264 yards and three touchdowns in the Dragons’ 19-7 victory over the Wildcats.

Wood scored on runs of 38, 47 and two yards, respectively.

He also led the Dragons’ young secondary and defended Rabun County’s Charlie Woerner throughout the game, holding the Georgia commit to five catches for 46 yards.

Wood’s sophomore counterpart at quarterback, Bryce Moore, showed signs that the Friday night stage wasn’t too big or too bright as he went 8 of 9 through the air for 97 yards. His longest completion was a 49-yard strike to senior wide receiver Kaleb Cooley on a first-and-10 play-action pass from the Dragons’ own 5-yard line early in the third quarter. Cooley finished the game with five catches for 68 yards.

Jefferson hosts Winder-Barrow next Friday.

For more on this story, read this week’s edition of The Paper.

East Jackson cheerleaders C-H-E-E-R on local youth at camp

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

Give me an “E-A-G-L-E-S”!

What does that spell? Eagles!

For some aspiring cheerleaders, a youth camp is, possibly, where they got their start on the road to cheering.

Last week, the East Jackson Comprehensive High School cheerleading squad taught chants, cheers and routines at the squad’s kiddie camp.

The campers ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade.

“It’s a really great experience for the little ones and (for) our cheerleaders,” said new head coach Andy Potts.

“The best part for me is we really hand it over to our cheerleaders.”

To read the full story, see this week’s edition of The Paper.

Youth take to the court to learn the game of basketball at JCCHS girls’ camp

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

If there was one thing that Jackson County girls’ basketball head coach Julie McCutcheon was proud of at the team’s annual youth camp, it was that the number of participants grew from last year to this year.

Coming from Tennessee, McCutcheon wants to continue to grow the excitement of basketball in the Jackson County community.

“I’m more excited about this than anything, because we’ve seen our numbers go up from last summer to this summer by 11 campers,” said McCutcheon. “It looks like we’re headed in the right direction.”

To read the full story, see this week’s edition of The Paper.

Ready To Be A Golden Tiger

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JCCHS grad Chelsey Bell ready to engage in competition cheerleading at Brenau

BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

 When Chelsey Bell looks back on her four years at Jackson County Comprehensive High School, she is going to miss cheering on Friday nights during the Panthers’ football season the most.

She will miss seeing the home crowd get “pumped up” as she cheered from the sidelines and watching the energy level of the student section grow. Ultimately, she’s going to miss cheering in a Panthers’ uniform in general.

Cheerleading has been a year-round sport for Bell. She competed on both the spirit and co-ed competition cheerleading teams. As the next chapter in her life begins, she will only be competing for one of the two squads at the collegiate level.

Bell will write the next chapter of her cheerleading endeavors this fall at Brenau University.

She will be part of the Golden Tigers’ competition cheerleading squad. Her mom attended Brenau and Bell went to different functions such as seeing plays, taking swim and vocal lessons at the college when she was as kid.

To read the full story, see this week’s edition of The Paper.