High School Sports

Jones County stuns undefeated and second-ranked Kell

MARIETTA -- Kell developed a reputation this season for completing dramatic fourth-quarter comeback victories.

Trailing Jones County 33-29 with 6:04 remaining, it appeared as though the third-ranked Longhorns would win another game with their signature down-to-the-wire flare after twice converting on fourth down and earning another fourth-down conversion off a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone.

Kell’s last second magic ran out as the Longhorns fell to Jones County 33-31 Friday in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs at Cobb Energy/Corky Kell Stadium.

Jones County, which has won five straight to improve to 10-2, completed its second straight road upset in reaching the quarterfinals of the playoffs for the first time in program history. The victory also marked the Greyhounds’ first 10-win season in their history. Jones County will face Mays, which beat top-ranked Ware County 21-18, in the state quarterfinals Friday.

“This is a resilient bunch of guys,” first-year Jones County head coach Justin Rogers said. “Every day they’ve come into practice to work, and they’ve bought in to what the coaches have been teaching them.

“They’re guys who take after their community in Jones County. Just a bunch of character guys who go out and earn what they have. To be in the final eight and one of the few teams still practicing during Thanksgiving week is something these kids will be able to hang their hats on.”