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"Next man up" approach in gear for Jones County

Jones County practices Wednesday afternoon at Mercer's Five Star Stadium prior to their playoff game Friday night against Carver. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Most teams wouldn't be able to survive after losing their starting quarterback in the first-round of the playoffs.

Jones County isn't your ordinary team. A week after losing the electrifying Teldrick Ross to a foot injury, the Hounds continue their hunt for a AAAAA state championship.

Five years ago, people wouldn't have believed that was possible for Jones County. Five years ago Jones County didn't have Justin Rogers leading the way.

"I told you guys four years ago we want to try and build a program that has staying power, that can be consistent," Rogers said. "That's what you have to have. You have to be able to have a program that's deep and has depth."

The Hounds proved they have both depth and talent under center as sophomore QB Hunter Costlow filled in beautifully leading Jones County to a 26-21 second-round road win at Wayne County last week. Costlow's performance showed why Rogers preaches to his team to get better every day.

"Our goal has always been to maximize our ability," Rogers said. "We have said that from day one. That's our goal. That's the goal of the Atlanta Falcons. That's the goal of the Atlanta Hawks. That's the goal of the Jones County rec league team. Maximize your ability."

Jones County travels to Grady Stadium in Atlanta Friday night to face Carver in the GHSA AAAAA quarterfinals.

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