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Warriors break three records in 65-19 win

Friday was a big win for the Jefferson County Warriors. Not only was it their first region game of the season, but they also broke three records in doing so.
The Warriors man-handled Lucy Laney’s Wildcats, scoring their first touchdown of the night on the very first play of the game when CJ Hales connected with Ty King for a 63-yard touchdown pass. 
After the Warrior defense held the Wildcats to just 2 yards, then on their very next play, Hales handed the ball to Nikel Stone who ran it in from 18 yards out. 

Jags fall to Cavaliers

The Thomas Jefferson Jaguars lost to Augusta Prep’s Cavaliers 14-62. The Augusta team took an early lead and by the half controlled the game with a 49-7 lead. Coach Matt Otis said he was very proud of junior Will Kirk who led the Jags on offense with 6 rushes for 54 yards, one 30-yard TD run and an 85-yard kick return. Senior Zack Douglas went 2 for 2 on his PATs. Defensive leaders were Dawson Gardner, Douglas, Hank Dollar and Rhett Willis. The Jags are off this Friday and will host Glascock’s Panthers Sept. 29 for homecoming.

TJA falls to Bulloch Academy Gators...

Above, senior Jaguar Warthen Evans leaps into the air and comes down with a pass during Friday’s game against the Bulloch Academy Gators. At right, senior Zack Douglas picks up some yards rushing. TJA scored in the first and fourth quarters, first on a 7-yard pass to Evans and later on a 31-yard run by Douglas. The Gators, however scored three TDs in the second quarter, two in the third and kicked a field goal in the fourth to take the 39-12 win. The Jaguars are scheduled to take on Augusta Prep this week on the road. 

Warriors hang on to drop Tigers

By Scott Michaux
The Augusta Chronicle
Jefferson County recovered from a slow start and rolled to a 43-32 victory at Washington-Wilkes on Friday night.
After falling behind 12-0 early, the Warriors offense started playing like the No. 6 team in Class AA and flipped the game behind the play of its quarterback tandem of CJ Hales and Jaden Jenkins, who combined for 334 yards passing and rushing.

Jaguars lose tough game to Crusaders

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The Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars suffered a tough 44-6 loss to Robert Toombs Christian Academy’s Crusaders last week.
Senior quarterback Zach Douglas completed five of 11 passes for 64 yards while Dawson Gardner complete two of three for 19 yards.
 Warthen Evans caught three passes for 35 yards, Justin Fletcher, two for 29, Douglas one for 10 and Tucker Purvis one for 9. 
The Crusader defense effectively shut down the Jaguar running game.

Lady Jags field a very young team this season

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The Lady Jaguars are 3 and 4 this season as they look to rebuild, largely from the ground up.
“We’re a very young team with one senior, Katie Hiebert, two juniors, Anna Godowns and Graci Rae Smith, six sophomores and four freshmen,” Coach Susan Godowns said Tuesday. “We started off slow, but we have come on strong toward the middle of the season, winning the last two out of three games.”
The Lady Jags had only three returning starters from last season and the outfield is full of new starters.

Middle school Warriors win season opener 20-6

The new Jefferson County Middle School football team opened their regular season with a big win over the Swainsboro Tigers and then a loss to Thomson’s Bulldogs.
With the new middle school slated to open in two years, Wrens and Louisville Middle Schools elected to combine their football teams now and have been practicing on the JCHS campus. 
Coach Demetrius Jenkins said that he is proud of the way the players from both schools have been working together.

Jaguars see improvement

After a rocky start to the season, the single A Thomas Jefferson Jaguars have made some adjustments and only lost Friday’s game against AAA Westminster 21-28.
“I’m very proud of the team and the way they fought back,” Coach Matt Otis said. “At one point we were down three touchdowns and they just wouldn’t give up.”
The Jaguars closed the gap and Westminster scored in the last minute and a half of the game.

Warriors shut out 6-A Lakeside Panthers

Despite a hurricane of yellow flags that amounted to more lost yardage than their opponents earned all night, the Jefferson County Warriors shut out 6A Lakeside’s Panthers 33-0.
The flags started flying early and continued throughout the game, calling back an interception for a touchdown and totaling 27 for 263 total yards against the Warriors. Some 19 of those were against the JC offense.
All night long, the Panthers only had 9 penalties for 46 yards.

Warriors defeat Savannah Christian 37-13

The Jefferson County Warriors opened their season Friday trouncing Savannah Christian Academy Raiders 37 to 13.
“It was the first game of the year and we saw the usual  mistakes,” Head Coach JB Arnold said. “We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be and we got a lot of penalties in the third quarter, but it is always good to start off your season with a win. That’s a good thing.”

Jaguars struggle

The Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars suffered a crushing defeat Friday to the Edmund Burke Spartans, 56-8. Senior Jaguar running back Dawson Gardner fights off a crowd of defenders. Junior wide receiver Justin Fletcher goes wide looking for yardage. This Friday the Jaguars will travel to face Westminster in Augusta.

United middle school team opens season

By Curt McGahee
LMS Athletic Director 
With the opening of the new consolidated Jefferson County middle school still two years away, school administrators decided to go ahead and combine the Wrens Middle School and the Louisville Middle School football programs into one team, the new Jefferson County Middle School Warriors. This new exciting step is a glimpse into what is coming in the near future.

TJA falls to Trinity

The Thomas Jefferson Jaguars fell to Trinity last Thursday in their opening game of the season 45-12.  
“It was a definitely good that we played this game when we did,” Head Coach Matt Otis said. “We were out skilled in every position and it brought us back to reality a little bit.
“After we started getting a little confidence back we started moving the ball a little better, but we still missed key blocks, routes and tackles.”

TJA holds lift-a-thon

Thomas Jefferson Academy’s new head football coach, Matt Otis, said he had 27 of his players participate in the school’s annual lift-a-thon last Thursday, July 27.
“We’ve added a new weight program and our new strength and conditioning coach is Jamie Wheeler. We’ve been working out all summer and we’ve gotten a lot stronger and faster.” 
The football program raised around $15,000 during the event and Otis said these funds help cover eqiupment, accessories and football facilities. 

Big man, big opportunity

Chace Ellison knows what opportunity looks like. He can read a defensive lineman’s postures, giving himself a chance to lay down a block and open a hole for his backs to score. 
He also knows just how fast opportunities can disappear, how holes close up after you’ve committed and there’s nothing but the stinging smack of driving shoulders until the whistle blows.

Warriors have 12 wins, two ties

Junior Warrior Fermin Garcia leaps up, using his head to send the soccer ball to a fellow player. Garcia currently has scored 24 points this season on seven goals and 10 assists. The Jefferson County Warrior boys’ soccer team is 12-2 this season, with an impressive 9-2 in region play, having recorded two ties, a 1-1 match against Harlem early in the season, and a 4-4 tie with Glenn Hills.  The team has only two games left in the regular season. Freshman Desmond Beale maneuvers for a shot.

Warriors are 7-4 in region

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The Warrior baseball team added a win and a loss last week to bring them to 7-4 in region play with just five regularly scheduled games left in the season. 
On March 28 the Warriors run-ruled the Butler Bulldogs 21-2 in the fourth inning. 
The Warriors went up three to one in the first inning, scored another run in the second, then six in the third and 11 in the fourth for the win. 

Lady Warriors beat Swainsboro

The Jefferson County High School Lady Warriors took a 2-1 win over Swainsboro last week to put them at 5-5 for the season. So far this season the Lady Warriors have recorded wins against Josey (2-0, 7-1), Laney (4-0) and Swainsboro (3-2 and 2-1). They are currently 3-5 and are scheduled to play Laney on March 30 and Johnson on April 11.

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