High School Sports

Packed crowd in Jones sees home team fight hard but go down against Stockbridge

Jones County’s Teldrick Ross (1) begins a 38-yard touchdown run against Stockbridge in their game Friday night.
Jones County’s Teldrick Ross (1) begins a 38-yard touchdown run against Stockbridge in their game Friday night. photo@macon.com

The Jones County crowd was ready for football a good hour before the game, and the game between their Greyhounds and Stockbridge lived up to the pre-game hype in a classic battle between the top two teams in the GHSA region 4-5A. But in the end it was Stockbridge using a big play offense to remain undefeated while handing Jones County its first loss of the season by a final score of 27-17.

Five who mattered

Gabriel McKenzie: The Stockbridge quarterback ran for 98 yards and threw for another 108 yards. He also threw two touchdown passes.

Marquez Ezzard: The senior wide receiver for Stockbridge was a difference maker with nine catches on the night for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Yahsyn McKee: The junior running back had two touchdowns and ran for 88 yards.

Drake Bolus: The Greyhounds senior running back ended the night with 155 yards on 19 carries and a 65 yard touchdown run,

Teldrick Ross: The quarterback for Jones County was somewhat hampered by a leg injury but ended the game with 60 yards rushing that included a 38 yard touchdown run.

Observation

Both teams were obviously pumped up for a huge battle with Stockbridge carrying a No. 3 ranking into the game while Jones County came in at No. 5. The Jones County stands were totally filled at least an hour before the game and Stockbridge also filled their side up.

Turning Point

Stockbridge led 20-9 at the half, and after trading punts, Jones County cut the lead to 20-17 on a 65 yard burst from Bolus and a two point conversion on a pass from Ross to Jontavias Robertson. But Stockbridge answered the score by driving the ball down the field with several huge conversion catches by Ezzard before scoring on a 7 yard run by McKee. Jones County had another opportunity for points midway through the fourth quarter but they failed to convert a fourth down and short inside Stockbridge’s 35 yard line.

They said it

Jones County head coach Justin Rogers on the performance: “It’s really hard to beat great football teams when you don’t do everything right and we just made too many mistakes on the simple things in a football game. But the good thing about our mistakes is they are all correctable and we will take care of them after we see the film.”

Rogers on how he felt after the score to make it a 20-17 game: “We had the momentum that you get from a big play but Stockbridge took it right back from us. We felt good coming back from 14 points down to make it a one-score game but we have to keep the momentum once we get it.”

What’s next: Jones County (8-1) plays Dutchtown next Friday at home

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