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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Panthers put loss behind them

Published 8:06pm Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jemison this week didn’t dwell on its first setback of the season, last week’s 56-35 loss at Bibb County.

The Panthers have a game against Calera to prepare for, and looking back to last week’s loss won’t necessarily help.

While Bibb County employed a physical, straight-ahead rushing attack, Calera will feature a more two-dimensional attack, one in which quarterback Zack Reneau will throw the ball and run with it, JHS coach Merritt Bowden said.

“Teams do so many different things from week to week,” Bowden said. “We made a lot of mistakes against Bibb County and we’ll make some corrections to our run (defense) fits, but we can’t dwell on it too much because Calera will be different.”

The loss to BCHS was Jemison’s sixth consecutive in the series, and the outcome was even more disappointing because it likely will cost Jemison an opportunity to win the region.

But Bowden said his players never hung their heads.

“As soon as that game was over, I could sense that they were ready to make the corrections and that they were ready to win again,” he said. “We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves.”

Calera brings another interesting rivalry. The two schools are only about 10 miles apart and have played some classic games, including last year’s 41-38 Jemison win.

The Panthers have won 11 of the last 13 meetings and lead the all-time series 25-17.

Who will win?

A football team never wants to lose a game, but Jemison’s loss to Bibb County came at an opportune time. It was in the first half of the season, so there is still time to establish momentum before the playoffs, and the loss is followed by a non-region game, allowing the Panthers to relax.

Pick: Jemison | Picks record: 16-9

Who do you think will win the Calera-Jemison game?

  • Jemison (85%, 41 Votes)
  • Calera (15%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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