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Cross-town Rivalry: Panthers dominates Eagles for 2nd win of 2014

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BY COLIN HUBBARD

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COMMERCE—Since Jackson County split into two schools in 2008, the Panthers have split the series with the East Jackson Eagles 2-2.

Jackson County senior quarterback Jacob Lewis had only one thing on his mind and that was to give the Panthers the all-time series lead on Friday night.

Lewis completed 18 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and a rushed for one in the Panthers’ 35-15 win at East Jackson. Lewis had a streak of 12 straight completions during the game as well. Continue reading Cross-town Rivalry: Panthers dominates Eagles for 2nd win of 2014

Blast Off: Hawks continue to roll, fly past Collins Hill; tied for region lead with 3 other teams

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Norcross next in Hawks’ crosshairs

BY CHARLES PHELPS

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HOSCHTON—Coming out of the bye week and into what is the home stretch of the 2014 season, the Mill Creek Hawks wanted to keep the momentum rolling which they had built both offensively and defensively since the team’s loss against North Gwinnett last month.

Friday night at home, on senior night, and against in-county rival Collins Hill High School, was the perfect spot for a letdown, if there was one.

However, seniors Johnathan Hawkins, Brian Efianayi and the rest of the senior crew weren’t going to let that happen.

The Hawks flew past the Eagles in a dominating 51-7 victory at Markham Field. The Hawks (5-3, 4-1 Region 7-AAAAAA) have won three straight games and have outscored opponents 169-21 during that stretch. Continue reading Blast Off: Hawks continue to roll, fly past Collins Hill; tied for region lead with 3 other teams

Out-Of-Towns: Tigers dominate Towns County, George Walton Academy awaits

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BY KYLE FUNDERBURK

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COMMERCE—The first-string offense wasn’t the focal point of the Commerce Tigers scoring on Friday night.

They only accounted for 18 points, while the second-string offense, defense and special teams accounted for the other 40 points in the Tigers’ dominating 58-0 performance over Towns County.

Commerce (6-2, 5-1 Region 8-A) was led by running back Grant Mayberry’s 104 rushing yards on three carries and two touchdowns.

Football preview: Jackson County heads over to East Jackson

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Jackson County (1-7, 0-4 Region 8-AAA) at East Jackson (1-7, 0-4)

 When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: East Jackson Comprehensive High School

Head Coaches: Jackson County, Benji Harrison; East Jackson, Gary Hughes

Players To Watch: Jackson County, Jacob Lewis, QB, Chase Wester, WR/DB, Griffin McElvery, LB; East Jackson, Josh Adair, QB, Taylor Murphy, RB/LB, Michael Seagraves RB/LB

In a battle of east vs. west, the in-county clash between the Panthers and the Eagles doesn’t have any playoff ramifications this season. All that is on the line is pride and bragging rights.

Both teams lost big on the road last week, Jackson County 43-7 at Hart County; East Jackson 63-0 at Jefferson. It will be a battle of two different offenses. The Panthers look to make big plays in both the passing and running games, while East Jackson is a run-oriented offense that will do what it can to keep the clock moving and sustain long drives.

Defensively, both have struggled this season. The Eagles have given up 313 total points including 42 or more in five of eight games.

Since getting its first win of the year in a 31-6 drumming of East Hall, Jackson County finds itself on a four-game losing streak, giving up 37, 42 (twice) and 43 points respectively during that time.

East Jackson looks to break a six-game losing streak.

Prediction: In what will be a close, physical battle, a late score will be all that separates the two teams.

Football preview: Mill Creek hosts Collins Hill

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Collins Hill (5-2, 3-1 Region 7-AAAAAA) at Mill Creek (4-3, 3-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Mill Creek High School

Head Coaches: Collins Hill, Kevin Reach; Mill Creek, Shannon Jarvis

Players To Watch: Collins Hill, Jordan Bertrand, RB, Codi Russell, WR, Monty Horn, QB; Mill Creek, Daniel David, QB, Johnathan Hawkins, RB, Chase Turner, DE

In what is a Titanic-type of matchup, the Hawks and the Eagles could potentially become an offensive shootout.

Last week, the Eagles shutout Duluth. Mill Creek has been off for a week following its dominating 55-7 win against Mountain View on Oct. 10.

The x-factor for any game the Hawks compete in is quarterback Daniel David. He tallied up four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) against Mountain View. He also had two touchdowns in the Hawks’ victory against Meadowcreek on Oct. 3.

However, the defense has also shown to be an x-factor the past two games for Mill Creek, allowing only 14 total points. The offense has put up 118 points the past two games.

The Eagles are riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s game, with victories over Mountain View, Meadowcreek and Duluth. The Hawks defeated Duluth earlier in the season.

Both team’s last defeat came at the hands of North Gwinnett. The Eagles lost to 42-24 on Sept. 19. The Hawks lost 51-41 on Sept. 26.

Prediction: A high-scoring game is in store, but the Hawks defense makes enough plays to slow down the Eagles and send Mill Creek to 5-3.