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The Warriors kept winning last week.

Oconee County High School hosted East Jackson for its first region game of the year and scored a 35-7 win. That ran the Warriors’ winning streak up to six games, giving them a 6-0 record on the season.

C.J. Jones enjoyed a career performance during the game. The junior running back scored four touchdowns, marking his new career high.

Jones got the Warriors on the board about halfway through the first quarter. He scored on a 2-yard run with 6:48 to go in the period.

East Jackson could not touch Jones on his next scoring run.

Jones took a handoff and ran toward the left side of the line of scrimmage. As he crossed the field, Jones evaded would-be tacklers en route to a 14-yard touchdown run.

That made it a 14-0 game with 4:42 left in the first quarter.

Jones scored for a third time just 10 seconds before the second quarter began. On that run, a 6-yard scamper, Jones pushed through a couple of defenders and fought his way across the goal line.

The Warriors found the end zone again with 6:49 left in the second quarter.

Quarterback Jacob Wright rolled out of the pocket to his right and tossed a dime to the back of the end zone where the ball was caught by Jake Johnson, who out-jumped an East Jackson defender to make the grab.

The 28-0 score stood through halftime.

Afterward, Jones notched his fourth score with 7:41 left in the third quarter. He ran from five yards out to make it a 35-0 game.

The Eagles scored on an 11-yard run during the fourth quarter but Oconee County’s lead proved insurmountable.

Jones tallied 171 yards rushing on 15 carries. His longest run of the night went for 38 yards.

Though Jones was certainly the standout performer, he led an overall effective rushing attack by the offense. Peyton Broadnax ran it 10 times for 38 yards. Wright ran twice for 21 yards.

The Warriors’ rushing success did not go unnoticed, even by those not residing in Oconee County.

In Monday’s Georgia High School Football Daily newsletter, Oconee’s offensive linemen were recognized in the “Lines of Distinction” category for their efforts in helping Jones and the rest of the offense, which totaled 424 yards last week and did not give up a sack.

The offensive line is made of Jaquette Lester, Frank Hailey, Jason Berko, Thomas Waters and Marquise Lester and also often consists of tight ends Jake Johnson and Landon Kuykendal in certain formations.

Wright finished 11-for-14 with 185 yards passing and one touchdown.

Johnson caught six passes for 101 yards, including his touchdown grab. Darius Johnson Jr. had four receptions for 78 yards receiving.

Kyle Strickland had eight total tackles, including two tackles for loss. Galen Scott had one sack.

West Weeks and Johnson Jr. each recorded one interception.

The Warriors are on the road this Friday for perhaps their most important game of the regular season.

They are set to travel northward to Hart County High School, which enters the game 5-0.

Oconee, Hart and Monroe Area are the only undefeated teams left standing in Region 8-AAA, so it appears Friday’s game – as well as next week’s home contest against Monroe Area – will go a long way toward determining the region champion.

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