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Upson Lee Shuts Down Gore, Jones County

Jones County vs Upson Lee HS on 11/6/2009 7:30:00 PM
Posted Saturday, November 07, 2009 by Caleb Rule - Macon Telegraph
GRAY — Getting beat at your own game hurts. With a winning season on the line, the sting tends to last a bit longer.

The Upson-Lee Knights dominated the line of scrimmage and consistently shut down Terrance Gore and the rest of Jones County rushing attack to win 28-14 in both teams’ final game of the season.

“I told our coaches during the week, ‘If I was going to play us, I would stop Terrance Gore,’ ” Greyhound head coach Dwight Jones said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a lot from Gore (Friday).”

Heading into halftime, the Greyhounds had totaled 33 yards of total offense, and Gore had run four times for only 3 yards. Upson-Lee kept bringing pressure on the outside to kill the sweep play the Greyhounds have found so successful this year and had plenty of firepower left over in the middle.

Meanwhile, the Jones County defense was having problems of it own. Linebacker Chase Lundy, the defensive captain for Jones County, went down with a knee injury midway through the first quarter, and Jones said that did effect some defensive play-calling later in the game.

“Chase has four years experience and knows what to do out there,” Jones said. “Other coaches always comment on his leadership and toughness.”

Upson-Lee set the tone early, opening the game by marching 87 yards in 12 plays for the early lead, capped by a 16-yard run by quarterback Tayvius Matthews.

Following a blocked punt to start the second quarter, Matthews struck again, taking the first play 12 yards for the 14-0 lead. His quickness gave the Greyhound defense fits; on multiple third and fouth down plays, the Knights would call an option, but instead of pitching it he would cut back inside and elude the first defender, getting the first down.

“He is very quick,” Jones said, “and we knew he would be a problem. We saw this in a three-week stretch earlier in the season, but if you go a few weeks without seeing it, it’s so hard to defend it.”

The Greyhounds tried to mount a comeback after the half. On their first possession, quarterback Cody Evans threw quick slant to Gore on third-and-eight for a first down, and later Xavier Watson drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to set-up Gore’s 3-yard dash to make it 14-7.

But the Knights responded, immediately taking the ball 54 yards for a touchdown near the end of the third quarter for the 14-point lead. Jones County never recovered.

“We always talk about no three-and-outs, and not letting them score the first drive of the game, and we didn’t do either,” Jones said.

With the loss, Jones County finished the season 5-5. There was a possibility of snagging the fourth playoff spot with a win, but Harris County lost to end those hopes.

Credits - Caleb Rule Macon Telegraph


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