2012-2013 JOCO BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
|Friday||Nov. 30||Glascock County||Wrightsville||6:00|
|Tuesday||Dec. 4||Jenkins County||Wrightsville||6:00|
|Friday||Dec. 7||Glascock County||Gibson||6:00|
|Saturday||Dec. 8||East Laurens||East Dublin||6:00||JV both @ 3PM|
|Tuesday||Dec. 11||Twiggs County||Wrightsville||6:00||JV boys @ 4PM|
|Saturday||Dec. 15||Washington County||Sandersville||7:00||JV boys @ 5:30PM|
|Tuesday||Dec. 18||Portal||Portal||6:00||JV boys @ 4:15PM|
|Fri.-Sat.||Dec. 21-22||Christmas Tournament||East Laurens||TBA|
|Friday||Jan. 4||Treutlen*||Wrightsville||6:00||JV girls @ 4:15PM|
|Saturday||Jan. 5||East Laurens||Wrightsville||6:00||JV both @ 3PM|
|Tuesday||Jan. 8||Montgomery County*||Mt. Vernon||6:00||JV boys @ 4PM|
|Friday||Jan. 11||Wheeler County*||Wrightsville||6:00|
|Saturday||Jan. 12||Savannah Country Day||Wrightsville||5:00||JV both @ 2 PM|
|Tuesday||Jan. 15||E.C.I.*||Twin City||6:00|
|Tuesday||Jan. 22||Treutlen*||Soperton||6:00||JV boys @ 4:15PM|
|Friday||Jan. 25||Montgomery County*||Wrightsville||6:00||JV girls @ 4 PM|
|Saturday||Jan. 26||Washington County||Wrightsville||6:00||JV both @ 3PM|
|Tuesday||Jan. 29||Wheeler County*||Alamo||6:00|
|Saturday||Feb. 2||Savannah Christian||Wrightsville||5:00||JV both @ 2 PM|
|Friday||Feb. 8||Twiggs County||Jeffersonville||6:00||JV both @ 4 PM|
|Saturday||Feb. 9||Calvary Day||Savannah||5:00|
APPEAL DENIED; SEASON OVER
Apparently, the Johnson County appeal to the GHSA was denied as the official brackets were released today and the Trojans are not included. The Trojans are ranked 17th in the power rankings with the top 16 making the state playoffs.
JENKINS COUNTY 22 JOCO 18
The Jenkins County Eagle's came to Wrightsville and defeated our Trojans 22-18. The Trojans will not know their playoff fate until Wednesday. It looks like JOCO may finish 17th in the power rankings but nothing is official. The power rankings will be posted on the GHSA website Tuesday morning but the appeals process takes place Wednesday. The brackets will be posted on the GHSA website some time Wednesday afternoon.
JOCO 53 WHEELER COUNTY 7
The Johnson County Trojans (7-2) defeated the Wheeler County Bulldogs (1-8) 53-7 at Herschel Walker Field. Michael Taylor ran the opening kickoff back 76 yards for a touchdown and the Trojans never looked back. Keemo Burton looks to have taken well to his new position at wingback as he added four first half touchdowns. Keemo finished with 92 yards rushing on just 8 carries. Andrew Claxton connected on a 40 yard touchdown pass to conclude the first half scoring. Andrew would also add a 55 yard punt return for a touchdown and a 1 yard touchdown pass to 'lil Curt Mayo. Austin Jones hit the last five extra points after narrowly missing the first three. Robkevious Norris had another good night rushing the ball with 86 yards on 14 carries. Freshman Ronquez Harden added 51 yards on 5 carries and Keviyon Scott had 36 yards on 3 carries. Keviyon had a 59 yard touchdown called back as well. Deverett Davis had another good night on the defensive side of the ball with 12 tackles. The Trojans will now get ready for a return visit by the Jenkins County Eagles. Jenkins County finished 3rd in the other sub-region. The Trojans are playing for a state playoff berth. Jenkins County is probably out of the playoff picture.
E.C.I. 40 JOCO 0
The Johnson County Trojans (6-2) lost to the E.C.I. Bulldogs (7-1) 40-0 at Herschel Walker Field Friday night. JOCO could not stop the E.C.I. running attack. However, it appeared that the Trojans were going to keep the score manageable until two long touchdown runs from E.C.I. in the final 2:30 of the first half. These scores made the halftime score 34-0 and led to a running clock in the second half. There were obviously not a lot of positives but Robkevious Norris was one. He ran the ball hard and accumulated 75 yards on 18 carries. Freshman Safety Ronquez Harden played well for the defense. He had 12 tackles and an interception. Next week the Trojans will host Wheeler County. If the Trojans can pull out a victory they will host the Region Playoff game against the winner of the Jenkins County/Claxton game this Friday.
JOCO 22 TREUTLEN 13
The Johnson County Trojans (6-1) picked up a big win over the Treutlen Vikings (3-4) on Friday. With the win the Trojans keep their playoff hopes alive while the loss virtually eliminates the Vikings from playoff contention. JOCO won despite laying the ball on the ground eight times. Amazingly none of the fumbles were lost. The only turnover by the Trojans was an interception late in the half. The Trojans won because they were able to effectively run the ball...rushing 56 times for 272 yards. This enabled the Trojans to maintain possession of the ball and limit Treutlen's offensive chances. Robkevious Norris led the Trojans with 137 yards rushing on 26 carries and 2 touchdowns. Keriyon Smith and Robert Dunn added 63 yards and 48 yards, respectively. Keemo Burton scored the other touchdown and Austin Jones connected on a 34 yard field goal to round out the scoring. The defense was led by Deverett Davis who had 5 solo tackles, 4 assists and 2 tackles for loss. Treutlen was just a warmup for the real rivalry game, E.C.I. Come out and support the Trojans!!!
JOCO 49 MONTGOMERY CO. 6
The Trojans got back to their winning ways on Friday night with a 49-6 win over the Montgomery County Eagles. Keriyon Smith scored three first half touchdowns to lead the Trojans. Andrew Claxton caught two passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Robert Dunn and Keemo Burton added touchdown runs and Ronquez Harden caught a 4 yard TD pass from Andrew Claxton (a first for both). Austin Jones made 7 of 7 extra points. Next week the Trojans will travel to Soperton to face the Treutlen Vikings. This game has serious playoff implications for both teams.
SAV. CHRISTIAN 42 JOCO 14
The Johnson County Trojans (4-1) lost to the Savannah Christian Raiders at Herschel Walker Field, 42-14. The Raiders have a good team and don't need a lot of help but the Trojans were in a giving mood Friday night. After a penalty on the opening kickoff backed JOCO up, the Trojans fumbled the first play at the eight. Two plays later the Raiders scored. A failed onside kick set the Trojans up at midfield. JOCO drove down the field in 10 plays to tie the score. The Raiders couldn't handle the pooch kick and JOCO was back in business. Keemo Burton hit Andrew Claxton on a fourth down play from the 31 to give the Trojans a lead. Savannah Christian took the kickoff and drove down to the Trojan 15 before turning the ball over. The Trojans couldn't move the ball and had to punt. This time the Raiders put the ball in the endzone to tie the score at 14. After the kickoff JOCO put together an impressive drive. Starting at the 27 with 5:11 to go the Trojans drove down the field and milked the clock. However, the turning point of the game took place at the goal line with 49 seconds on the clock. The Trojans running back fumbled the ball, apparently inches before crossing the goal line and the Raiders recovered in the end zone. On the second play from scrimmage The Trojans appear to have an interception on a overthrown pass but the ball bounced off his hands straight into the hands of a Raider receiver. He ran 42 yards down to the JOCO 24. It looked like JOCO was gonna hold but the Raiders hit a pass in the back of the endzone to take a 21-14 halftime lead. The third quarter was no better than the latter part of the second quarter for JOCO. The Trojans had two fumbled kickoffs sandwiched around an interception. And to make matters worse Trojans running back Bull Darrisaw was injured making a tackle on this interception. Savannah Christian scored 14 points on these turnovers to take a 35-14 lead. Savannah Christian added one final touchdown in the fourth quarter to finish the Trojans off, 42-14. Luckily, the Trojans get this week off to regroup, rest up and hopefully heal up some nagging injuries. JOCO will travel to Mt. Vernon to face Montgomery County on October 12th.
JOCO 35 SCD 28
The Johnson County Trojans (4-0) came away with a hard fought homecoming victory against the Hornets of Savannah Country Day (1-2). The difference in the game was that SCD had no answer for the Trojans rushing game, especially in the first half. JOCO had the ball four times and scored four touchdowns. The Trojans rushed for 268 yards in the first half alone. SCD found their answer to the Trojans rushing game in the second half...keep the ball away. The Trojans also gave SCD a huge amount of help by fumbling the ball away twice in the fourth quarter. In all JOCO finished with 402 yards rushing...their second 400 yard rushing game on the young season. Bull Darrisaw finished with 230 yards on 22 carries and capped it with a briliant 85 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Keriyon "Moochie" Smith added 108 yards on 7 carries and 2 touchdowns...one a 62 yard run. The Trojan defense also came up big in the fourth quarter with two huge fourth down stops in their own territory. With this victory the Trojans should move into the top 16 of the Class A power rankings. Next week the defending state champion Savannah Christian Raiders come to Wrightsville. The Trojans need you support!!!
MIDDLE SCHOOL - JOCO 14 WHEELER CO. 6
Wheeler County Middle School came to Wrightsville sporting a 2-0 record on Thursday....they left with a 2-1 record. JCMS clinched a playoff spot with the win, improving their record to a perfect 3-0. JCMS was led by the running of Jalen Johnson and Dylan Hall. Johnson finished the day with 89 yds on 16 carries, resulting in 2 TD's. D. Hall had 66 yds rushing on 8 carries. The JOCO defense held Wheeler to just 96 yds of total offense. Tyrick Jackson led with 9 tackles. The JCMS Trojans travel to Mount Vernon next week and can clinch the number 1 seed in the playoffs, and host the championship game on Oct. 11 with a win over the Eagles. Thanks to Coach Brett Bishop for this report.
JOCO 35 PORTAL 0
The Johnson County Trojans (3-0) defeated the Portal Panthers (0-3) on Friday 35-0. The game got off to a slow start as neither team was able to establish much offense. However, Robert Dunn intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards down to the Portal 24 on the last play of the quarter. Four plays later Robkevious Norris went in from 7 yards out for the touchdown. Austin Jones made the first of five extra points to give JOCO the lead. The Trojans defense set the offense up in good field position for the next two possession, both ending in Robkevious Norris touchdown runs. After the Trojan defense forced their third consecutive three and out Keriyon "Moochie" Smith blocked the Panther punt and Robert Dunn scooped it up on the 27 and went in for the score just before half. This made the halftime score 28-0. Portal threatened to score in the third quarter after a 59 yard run set them up in good field position. However, the Trojan defense stiffened and forced a field goal attempt that was missed wide right. The Trojans took the ball on the 20 and drove 80 yards in 10 plays to get the final score of the game. Glendarrius "Bull" Darrisaw did most of the damage on the drive including getting the touchdown. The Trojan coaching staff was able to get the JV a little play time after this score. The JOCO offense was led by Bull Darrisaw with 172 yards on 24 carries and 1 touchdown. Robkevious Norris added 3 touchdowns on just 6 carries. Robert Dunn had a big night on defense and special teams. JOCO will return home this Friday to face Savannah Country Day (1-1) for homecoming.
JOCO 46 TWIGGS COUNTY 32
The Johnson County Trojans (2-0) traveled to Jeffersonville on Friday night to face the Twiggs County Cobras. The two teams had different offensive approaches but the same results...TOUCHDOWNS. The Cobras got on the board first after a Trojan fumble. JOCO answered with three scores. The second coming after Brandon Bigham took the ball away from a Twiggs receiver. The third after the Trojans "sacked" the Twiggs punter. But then the poor tackling came...Twiggs scored three touchdowns on long passes that were marred by missed Trojan tackles. Sandwiched between these were two more Trojans scores to make the score at halftime JOCO 32 Twiggs County 25. Twiggs opened the second half like they ended the first half. After a long run and extra point the score was tied at 32. JOCO answered right back to take a seven point lead but at this point the defenses started playing a little better. The only other score came with 27.4 seconds remaining in the game. This capped off a 13 play 75 yard drive that took 7:27 off the clock. Robkevious Norris led the Trojans with 242 yards on 21 carries and 3 touchdowns. Glendarrius Darrisaw finished with 138 yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns. Robert Dunn and Andrew Claxton had the other two Trojan scores. For the game the Trojans rushed for 447 yards on 56 carries. The Trojans will make the journey to Portal next week to face the Panthers.
JOCO 14 JENKINS COUNTY 0
The Johnson County Trojans opened the 2012 season with a 14-0 win of the Jenkins County War Eagles. The first half saw little action but several mistakes by both teams. The deepest penetration of the half was Jenkins to the JOCO 38 and Johnson to the Jenkins 39. The second half, however, was almost all Trojans. JOCO outgained the visitors 176 to 37 in the second half. The Trojans defense did not allow Jenkins in JOCO territory the entire second half. The Trojans got on the board with 5:44 to go in the third quarter when Keemo Burton hit Glendarrius Darrisaw over the middle for a 16 yard touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter Darrisaw would bull his way in from three yards for his second touchdown of the game. Austin Jones kicked both extra points. Darrisaw finished the game with 98 yards on 24 carries. Next week the Trojans travel to Jeffersonville to face the Twiggs County Cobras. Twiggs County is coming off a 48-6 loss to the Northeast Raiders.
JOCO SEASON PREVIEW
JOCO is coming off another successful campaign, going 7-4 in 2011. This marked the 8th consecutive winning season for the Trojans. JOCO returns 6 players on offense and 7 players on defense that logged significant time last season. Leading rusher Glendarrius Darrisaw returns to lead the offense. "Bull" rushed for 869 yards last season and has over 2,027 yards in his three year Trojan career. Keemo Burton will be the quarterback. Keemo played mostly at wingback last year but did get a lot of snaps at quarterback early in the season. Curt Mayo returns to anchor the offensive line. Other key returners on offense are WR Andrew Claxton, WB Keriyon "Moochie" Smith and TE Brandon Bigham. On defense the Trojans lost their top 3 tacklers from a year ago. Top Returners include LB Keriyon "Moochie" Smith, LB Robkevious Norris, DB Keemo Burton, DL Curt Mayo, DL Darius Price, LB Emmanuel Davis and DL Brandon Bigham.
The Region 3-A makeup changed a little. Metter and Bryan County moved up to Class AA. Portal and Jenkins County moved from the west sub-region to the east sub-region. Defending State Champion Savannah Christian has to be the favorite to win the region but, fellow private school, Calvary Day will challenge them on the East side. E.C.I. has to be the favorite again on the West side.
As you probably know there has been a major change in Class A, public schools and private schools will play for separate championships. A formula will be used to determine the playoff teams. Several factors go into the formula but, basically, a public school team needs to go 7-3 to assure themselves a playoff spot. A 7-3 record will more than likely get the job done but it is possible that a team could go 7-3 and be left out.