Pineville preps for Jackson Co.

Published 11:41 am Thursday, August 23, 2018

Pineville started their season off right last week picking up an easy 50-12 victory over Leslie County. Now, the Mountain Lions must move on to another opponent this week in Jackson County. Pineville will hit the road to square off against the Generals at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting between the two teams will be the fourth in the past four years. The Mountain Lions have ruled the series up to this point winning the last three games by a combined score of 127-42. Last year, Pineville handed Jackson a 28-8 defeat at home.

While some of the main contributors from last season that helped Pineville get the victory are gone, the Mountain Lions exhibited plenty of talent during their game against Leslie County. Matt Golden’s 237 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries led the way during that game, while Nick Holbrook anchored the defense with 11 tackles.

This week will provide another opportunity for the Mountain Lions to improve and start the season on a winning streak.

Jackson County (1-0)

A young team a year ago, the Generals return some much needed experience. Losing seven seniors from a squad that went 2-9 last season, Jackson returns their core group of skill players.

Lining up behind center is Isiah Baker. The senior signal-caller was a major contributor to the ground game last year rushing for 332 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns over the course of the season. He completed 43 percent of his passes for 1,022 yard while also tossing 13 interceptions with only seven touchdowns.

Lining up in the backfield, Dylan Martin will man most of the duties at running back. The junior back rushed for a team-high 507 yards (51 yards per game) but only tallied two touchdowns a year ago. He was also utilized in the passing game hauling in a team-high 16 receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore Shawn Browning was another major contributor in the rushing attack a year ago after running for 379 yards and four touchdowns.

The biggest hit the Generals took was at wide receiver. Not a massive part of the offensive scheme, leading receivers Andy Baker and Tommy Thompson graduated last year.

Bryant was more of a concern on the defensive side of the ball after snatching four interceptions. Sophomore Nick Baldwin caught three interceptions last year.

The team also returns leading tacklers Jeff Isaacs and Derek Dunn.

Jackson County opened this season with a 40-12 win over Berea last Friday. Martin led the team in rushing tallying 118 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Baker finished the game with 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Jeff Isaacs scored two rushing touchdowns as well.

On the defensive side of the ball, it was Browning who led the team with nine tackles. Isaacs finished with eight.