By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor
The name Jones County, from a historical aspect, has never struck fear into the hearts of their opponents – that is until now. The Grey hounds are coming off a 2014 campaign in which they went 10-3, made the state quarterfinals and posted the best record in school history. Along with those accomplishments they managed another significant achievement when they knocked off both Northside Warner Robins and Warner Robins High Schools during the 2014 regular season. That was no easy task in itself as Northside finished the season as the Class 5AAAAA state champions with a record of 14-1 – their only blemish a 45-37 loss at the hands of Jones County. The Greyhounds are coached by Justin Rogers. Rogers in just his second season as a head coach has Jones County playing with a confidence that is something brand new in Grey, Georgia. Rogers came to Jones County from Griffin High School where he was the offensive coordinator for the Bears during their state championship season of 2013.
Griffin hung 56 points on Carrollton in that title game and put on a record-setting offensive display. Rogers has brought that same scheme to Jones County and has worked it to perfection. The Greyhounds scored an average of 40.9 points per game in their 10 wins last season and fell 44-41 to Mays in the state quarterfinals. Mays eventually lost 25-18 to Northside Warner Robins in the finals. Prior to the arrival of Coach Rogers the Greyhounds had managed a record of only 47-75 in the years since 2002 so the winds of change are blowing in Greyhound Country.
Morgan County lost to Jones 45-17 during the 2014 campaign and although the Dogs look to be a better football team in 2015 will be hard pressed to do much better this time around. The Dogs head over the Grey on Friday night to take on a team that is two classifications higher, loaded with talent, and on a roll. The Bulldog faithful can expect to see a Greyhound offense that will be similar in style to the one Auburn runs on the college level. It’s a spread look that features a run-pass option on every play that is difficult to defend – and Jones County is exceptional in their execution of the mechanics of their attack.
When you throw in the fact that the Hounds have their starting quarterback (Hunnicutt) returning to run the show plus four wide receivers of considerable talent the task gets even tougher. On defense Jones County will show a base 4-3 scheme featuring at least one defensive tackle (Finney) that is potentially a Division I prospect. From a historical perspective the Greyhounds haven’t had much luck against Morgan County having won only three of fifteen contests in a series that goes back to 1962. The Hounds won games in 1970, 1991, and 2014 for their only victories in the series. Prior to their win in 2014 Jones had lost four consecutive contests to the Dogs in 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2005.