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South Jones and Northeast Jones Gear Up for Rivalry Game

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The South Jones and Northeast Jones rivalry game has been around for almost 50 years.

This season, both schools enter this year's contest with their backs against the wall.

"These are two teams that are desperately needing a win," says South Jones head football coach Chet Bergalowski.

"We're both programs that are trying to get wins in the column right now," says Northeast Jones head football coach Keith Braddock.

Northeast Jones brings in a record of 0-3, while South Jones sits at 1-2 after its 32-16 win over 6A George Co. last week.

But those numbers mean nothing when it comes to this series.

"The big thing is when any of these Jones Co. Schools, obviously including us, play each other it's a rival game and you can throw the records out," says Braddock.

"It doesn't matter who won last week or who lost," says Bergalowski. "It's going to be a good game."

Last year the Braves snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Tigers with a 21-7 win in the rain and the mud.

That's why coach Bergalowski expects both teams to be wired tomorrow night.

"Well I expect Northeast to be as high as a kite, and I expect our team to go over there, and when they get the field to get just as high," says Bergalowski.

Even the players understand the significance of this one.

"Oh I mean it's huge, definitely," says South Jones senior free safety Luke Tucker.

"Oh yeah it's a big rivalry game," says Northeast Jones junior middle linebacker Justin Stewart. "We've got to have this game - point blank."

"Going into tomorrow night it's a big deal for everybody," says South Jones senior wide receiver Hunter Lawrence. "Community's ready - everybody's ready for this one."

But when it comes down to the coaches and the players, who is more excited?

"I hope the players are," says Bergalowski.

"Oh definitely players - we're definitely ready for this one," says Lawrence.

"Coach Braddock - Coach Braddock's really amped up," says Stewart. "He's a really enthusiastic guy - he's ready."

"Both of us are excited about getting back on the grass and seeing what we can do," says Braddock.

The Braves and Tigers square off at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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