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Prep Notebook: Screven, Claxton look to bounce back
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    Jenkins County has been in this position before.
    After a 30-13 win to start the 2006 season, the Eagles promptly opened the second week of the campaign with a 56-20 loss to Bleckley County at home. This year, JCHS must hit the road and travel to Cochran to face the Royals.
    “We’ve talked a lot about (this scenario),” said JCHS coach Chuck Conley. “We don’t want that to repeat itself. Let’s not win the first one, feel good about it, turn around and lose nine in a row. That’s unacceptable.”
    The Royals lost Zeke Rozier to Georgia Southern and dropped to 0-1 with a loss to Jones County, 7-6, in Week One. Conley, is in no way taking BCHS lightly.
    “They played in 13 ball games last year,” Conley said. “They’re a AA school that’s... got more bullets in their guns than we do. I still like this bunch we have here. They’re working hard and seem to be enjoying themselves.”

Screven County
    The Gamecocks of Screven County got off to a quick start last week against Statesboro, jumping out to a 6-0 lead before surrendering 34 straight points and losing 34-13.
    “The game boils down to the line of scrimmage and we got whipped along the line of scrimmage,” said coach Pat Collins. “Especially Statesboro’s offensive line, they did a tremendous job against our defensive line. It was a game of line-of-scrimmage play and they did a better job.”
    Thus, the Gamecocks have gone back to working on fundamentals in preparations for a road trip against a new-look Bear team.
    “Burke has a new coach in Eric Parker, he’s very proven and he’ll have them ready to go,” said Collins. “Burke is very athletic. They’re in a multiple, shotgun offense which spreads your defense out. They isolate you in some situations and it’s going to take a great team effort to contain their speed.”

    Claxton didn’t get off to the good start they would’ve liked last Friday at Tattnall County. The Battle Creek Warriors rolled over the Tigers 30-0.
    “Their team speed really hurt us,” said coach Allen Cartwright. “That had a lot to do with it. But I was a little disappointed in the execution. We’re just trying to better every week so we can peek right about the time region comes around.”
    The Tigers have a had week to tweak the system in welcoming an always tough Johnson County team.
    “They have a ton of speed,” said Cartwright. “Of course that’s something that scares us a lot because we felt like that’s what hurt us a lot last week. So from a speed standpoint, I’m not sure we match up real well. But from a size and strength standpoint, I think we do.”
    Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Bell Memorial Stadium.

    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.