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Jackets enter region play

Six weeks into the 2021 football season, Jeff Davis High is 5-0 and, with two weeks of rest, the team may be at its best, physically, this season.
“Everybody is healthy for the most part,” said Head Coach Lance Helton. “We’ve got one or two with some nagging injuries, but overall this is the healthiest we’ve been so far this year.”
With early season COVID problems and a number of sidelining injuries, the Jackets are fortunate to be 5-0. But there is a silver lining under the health and injury problems.
“We’ve been forced to find some depth,” Helton said. “And we’ve created depth. We’ve had to evaluate and get ready some kids we didn’t think we would have to use at this point in the season. And it’s helped us prepare for the region with the additional depth. I think the kids have handled adversity well thus far.”
“Now, we’re looking to see if we can tighten our belts and be what we want to be,” he continued. “We’d like to get to that phase in these last five games.”
The last five games are all Region 2-AA contests and will determine whether or not the Yellow Jackets get into the playoffs.
Helton says the region is very good overall and, as usual, it appears Swainsboro and Vidalia are the teams to beat.
“Both Vidalia (1-3) and Swainsboro (3-2) are returning a lot of players,” Helton said. “And both played a tough non-region schedule. Toombs (2-3) may be the best coached team in the region. And look at the improvement East Laurens (4-1) has made. I believe they are the most improved team in the region. Bacon (0-4) has had its problems but Coach (Keith) Gosse will have them ready. They have had two weeks to prepare for us, we’re the only team on their scheduled they have two weeks to prepare for. They will give us a good shot Friday night.”
In summary, Helton said, “For us … for me, we are at the point we’ve got to focus on us. We’ve got to play better. We’ve got to do what it takes to contend, make the right choices and see where we can be at the end of the tenth game.”
Kickoff for the region opener against Bacon County in Alma is set for 7:30 p.m.

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