The inexperience of the Jackson team showed early as three of the guys lost in the first round on Friday to tough competition, but seniors Dalton Loveless and Alex Lopez advanced to the quarters, one win away from advancing to Macon.
The Rock Springs Christian Academy Jr. Pro football team, coached by Keith Harbuck, went 3-4 this season led by quarterback Brandt Washington and receiver Hayes Fleming.
There they were, the tournament’s sixth seed out of seven, down by only one and going toe to toe with the third-seeded Kendrick girls who had beaten them by 15 points in December and by 18 in January.
It was a bad night of basketball as the Lady Devils followed a first half of tenacity with second half of timidity, leading to a 55-46 loss to Westside-Macon.
The weight of their assorted miscues sunk them in a 73-45 shellacking at the hands of Duluth in the Red Devils’ first game of the Big South Shootout tournament in Gwinnett County.
The Piedmont Academy senior, a Jackson resident, officially signed with the Mountain Lions recently as she was joined by family, teammates, coaches and classmates.
The Red Devils began as if they were going to finish what the girls started, romping to a 13-point lead after one quarter (25-12). Then, the wheels came off and the Bulldogs proceeded to outscore Jackson by 28 points.
Going into the tournament, the Red Devils held a record of 4-2 and 1-0 in region with highlight wins over rival Mary Persons, by a score of 49-24, and region foe Central Macon, also by the score of 49-24.
The Tornadoes could’ve scouted all 10 of the Red Devils’ regular-season games and they wouldn’t have seen what they saw on what began as a rainy Friday night in the first round of the Georgia High School Association playoffs at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Facing a best-of-five series against The Lovett School, an Atlanta private school, the Lady Devils lost three in a row but continued to fight until the final whistle.
Jumping from 3,500 feet over Red Devil Hill, three members of the U.S. Army’s Silver Wings parachute demonstration team excited fans Friday night with a high-flying show.
The Lady Devils thumped Luella in Monday’s game 17-2. The game scheduled against Luella for Tuesday evening was a makeup for a game rained out earlier this month
The Red Devils endured nearly two hours of cooling their heels while lightning flashed within 10 miles of the stadium before their 42-6 thrashing at the hands of the Wildcats was complete.
Already, they appear more ready for this season’s opener Friday at Locust Grove than they were for last season’s opener at home against Swainsboro — at least in the eyes of Dary Myricks, their coach.