High School Sports

Jones County starts strong, blows out Greenbrier

Jones County's Chandler Ramage rushes around end in the first half of their game Friday night.
Jones County's Chandler Ramage rushes around end in the first half of their game Friday night. For The Telegraph

GRAY -- The uniforms were new, but Greenbrier saw a familiar pattern in its trip to Jones County.

The Greyhounds donned gray uniforms for the first time but dropped a familiar beating on Greenbrier with three first-quarter touchdowns -- one in each of the three phases -- en route to a 70-7 win in a GHSA Region 2-AAAAA game.

“They felt great coming out here, especially at home, big crowd and atmosphere,” Jones County senior defensive lineman Torrez Finney said. “We had to wait three weeks. It finally came.”

But the Greyhounds (3-0, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAA) did the new uniforms proud, scoring on a fumble recovery, a blocked punt and run in the first 6:22 of the first quarter. Jones County’s first-team offense didn’t get a snap until the 6:19 mark and needed two plays to score.

The unit then had an ugly three-and-out trip that included two penalties.

“We looked sloppy as rip,” head coach Justin Rogers said of the second possession. “False starts, dropped balls, missed reads. Third possession, we came out all right.”

Chandler Ramage got rolling on the next possession with 54 yards, including the final 8 for the touchdown. Josh Skinner made it 28-0 with his fourth extra point of what would be a perfect night,

Ramage scored on the next possession, then Hunnicutt connected with a remarkably open Nick Singleton for a 37-yard touchdown on the first snap of the Greyhounds’ fifth possession of the half, for a 42-0 halftime lead.

Jones County added second-half touchdowns from fresh Greyhounds as many second-teamers started the second half.

The Greyhounds’ first two scores of the game came from Eli Rooks, who picked up a loose ball on Greenbrier’s third play and scored, and Brooks Veal, who snagged the punt blocked by Terrell Solomon and went in from a dozen yards out.

All night, the Greyhounds’ defense stuffed the Wolfpack, allowing only 12 plays of 3 yards or more and recording 11 negative plays to go with two interceptions. Finney in particular was a pest.

“He gets such good penetration,” Rogers said. “Even when he doesn’t make the play, he busts the timing of stuff.”

Ramage and Hunnicutt finished with the same yardage, 104, Ramage on the ground and Hunnicutt passing.

Score aside, Rogers had mixed feelings, since his starters didn’t play long.

“I thought my backups played good,” he said. “I thought they executed what we asked them to do.

“I’d like to be tested. I still don’t know what kind of football team I got. I don’t know how good we are.”

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