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Player of the Week: Jackson County's Kyle Daniel
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T Bentley, Union County: Was 10 for 13 passing with 125 yards and ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries on Friday against Oglethorpe County.

Evan Breakspear, Jackson County: Recorded 12 tackles and had a fumble recovery on Friday against Franklin County.

Bradley Brown, North Hall: Ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries on Friday against East Hall.

Bruce Clark, Dawson County: Had 135 yards receiving with three touchdowns on Friday against Banks County.

Quan Clark, Chestatee: Two touchdowns and 149 yards on 15 carries on Friday against Johnson.

Justin Curry, Flowery Branch: Recorded 176 yards rushing and a pair of scores on Friday against Apalachee.

Tyler Dominy, Dawson County: Completed 15 of 21 passes for 333 yards on Friday against Banks County.

Xavier Harper, Jackson County: Tallied 201 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions on Friday against Franklin County.

Cedric Harris, Johnson: Had 107 yards and a score on 24 carries on Friday against Chestatee.

Elijah Holyfield, Riverside: Three touchdowns and 182 yards on 10 carries on Friday against Rabun County.

Zavior Hoxie, Buford: Had 86 yards and a touchdown on five carries on Friday against West Hall.

Johnny Hughes, Union County: Rushed for 119 yards on 12 attempts on Friday against Oglethorpe County.

Quay Little, Commerce: Ran for 157 yards and two scores on 11 carries on Friday against Athens Christian.

Kody McDonald, Jefferson: Had 13 tackles and two sacks on Friday against Washington-Wilkes.

Chris Sayler, Dawson County: Recorded 118 yards receiving and 38 yards rushing with a touchdown on Friday against Banks County.

Dustin Scott, Jackson County: Ran for 136 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown and had two catches for 15 yards and another score on Friday against Franklin County.

Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson: Passed for 205 yards and a touchdown and had two rushing scores on Friday against Washington-Wilkes.

A.J. Sijiye, Chestatee: Two touchdowns and 120 yards on nine carries on Friday against Johnson.

Wesley Simonton, Jefferson: Recorded 13 tackles and two tackles for loss on Friday against Washington-Wilkes.

Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Completed 24 of 38 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns and added 118 yards rushing and three more scores on 17 carries on Friday against Cedar Shoals.

Dontravious Wilson, Buford: Recorded 202 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries on Friday against West Hall.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

Any time Jackson County loses, according to quarterback Kyle Daniel, it lights a fire under the team that fuels them to come back and win the next week.

Both losses this season for the Panthers have been followed by big wins, the most recent coming Friday when the team bounced back from a 35-6 loss to North Oconee to defeat Franklin County 32-29.

Daniel played a large part in the win, completing 24 of 43 passes for a career-high 443 yards and four touchdowns against the Lions despite a difficult first half. For his efforts, Daniel has been named The Times Player of the Week.

Some teams prefer to play at home in front of their own fans, but Daniel believes that finally being on the road after a long home stand helped the team win.

“It was good for us to finally get on the road,” Daniel said. “You can kind of focus more about what you have to do, and not focus on the field and the fans.”

First-year head coach Benji Harrison said that Daniel’s focus overall has improved throughout the year and that he and the rest of the team have been eager to learn and work hard since the very beginning.

“I think this team is really hungry,” Harrison said. “When you’re driven by that hunger, they give you a better effort.”

As for Daniel, Harrison said he is becoming more comfortable with the offense and developing into his role. He leads by example, according to Harrison, but he is more vocal now than he was initially, and he is getting better at reading the defense.

“He understands when he makes a mistake and the reason he makes a mistake,” Harrison said. “He’s quick to take the blame when they don’t play well.”

Daniel and Harrison both agree that Daniel didn’t play his best in the first half against Franklin County, and Daniel knew that he needed to fix some little things like footwork to succeed against the Lions.

After halftime, Daniel was able to connect with the rest of the offense to put up the numbers needed to win.

“He didn’t really have a choice to play bad,” Harrison said. “He hung in there, and it shows a lot about his character. He’s a competitor, and he wants to be a part of the turnaround.”

Part of the turnaround for this Jackson County program, however, involves a tough region schedule that Harrison and Daniel said will get tougher each week.

“That was a big win for us because going into the season, our goal was to make the playoffs,” Daniel said, “We can’t let up now.”

The Panthers have a bye this week before traveling to Hart County on Oct. 19 in Hartwell, where they will keep pressing to keep their postseason hopes alive.

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