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Hounds trending in right direction for homecoming

Jones County QB Teldrick Ross rushes for a touchdown in the Hounds' Week 2 win over Washington County at home. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

GRAY, GA -- After a 3-0 start to the season ranked in the top 10 in 5A, Jones County Head Football Coach Justin Rogers wanted to see more improvement out of his team.

"The biggest thing is pass defense and also throwing the football," Rogers said during a September practice. "We're going to have to get better at both areas. Both defending the pass and being able to take shots downfield as they load the box."

Since then the Hounds have addressed those issues while continuing to steamroll opponents during their 6-0 season. Rogers knows his team is improving but is anxious for them to shift into another gear.

"We've made strides in those areas," Rogers said. "I think we've gotten better at doing those things. We've still got to be more consistent with it. We've some glimpses that we can be good at it but our consistency is still lacking a little bit."

In person, Jones County looks every bit as good as a top-five ranked team. With senior QB Teldrick Ross at the helm, the Hounds offense is putting up a steady 44 points per game. Defensively is where the purple and gold have made the most improvement. Giving up only 11 points per game, Jones County has become one of the state's best defensive teams.

"Once we get everybody's hat to the ball, there's nothing you can do with us now because everybody on our defense is explosive," Linebacker Antonio Evans said. "We're really just playing Jones County football."

Jones County hosts Union Grove in a region game Friday night for homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Greyhound Field.

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