Game Of The Week: Jefferson vs Hapeville Charter

Our Game of the Week takes us back to Jefferson for the first time since the matchup between the Dragons and Southside, though we’ve had our “bonus” game at Jefferson since there for the region title tilt against North Oconee. Still, this is where the games matter most, and Dragon Nation should be there in full force for this one.


The Dragons, as well documented at this point, have yet to be healthy fully since even the first game of the year. Jordan Perry got hurt in the Rabun game and was out for a long time. Then Malaki Starks battled injuries, and missed several weeks. Sammy Brown has missed two straight games. However, Perry has been solid since returning. Starks is back and, even though he’s not 100%, he’s still playing at an elite level. If Brown returns for this one, that trio along with players like Kadin Bailey, Tre Reece and Reese Johnson help make this offense what it was intended to be all along.


The Hornets won a state title back in 2017 over Rabun County in Class 2A. They’ve moved up a couple of classifications, but are still a threat once in the playoffs. It’s been an up-and-down year, netting a 5-5 overall mark for Hapevillle, but they always have a few dudes that make any coach a little nervous.



  • 9-1 (5-1)
  • Region Standings: 2nd
  • 37.00 OFFENSE AVG
  • 8.20 DEFENSE AVG
  • #2 State Ranking


  • 5-5 (3-2)
  • Region Standings: 3rd
  • 20.0 OFFENSE AVG
  • 19.9 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking


Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping Round 1. Highlights are shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show throughout the regular season. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates (5G pending).


Jefferson is much too battle-tested, well-coached, and talented to drop this game. That doesn’t mean it will be a blowout, but it shouldn’t really get too close. OUR PICK: Jefferson


We’ve seen Jefferson play 14 games, and the Dragons have rewarded that with a 12-2 record.


TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: Jefferson HS / Jefferson, GA / Memorial Stadium
LAST MEETING: 2020: Jefferson 35, Hapeville Charter 0 (Rnd 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD: Jefferson 1, Hapeville 0
RECORDS: #2 Jefferson Dragons (9-1; 5-1 in 8-AAAA); Hapeville Charter Hornets (5-5; 3-2 in 6-AAAA)
HEAD COACHES: Gene Cathcart (156-52; 17 Seasons) vs Winston Gordon (68-47-2; 11 Seasons)


There’s not much to say here. These teams squared off a year ago in the second round of the playoffs, also at Memorial Stadium. We know how that one went. 35-0 win for the Dragons. These teams might not play each other again for many many years, as on Thursday Jefferson found out they’ll be moving up to 5A, while Hapeville will remain in 4A starting next year. Still, below is last year’s second-round matchup between these teams.

DEC 4, 2020 – #1 Jefferson Dragons 35, #9 Hapeville Charter Hornets 0



Max Aldridge (87 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT, 100% completion)
Malaki Starks (62 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT, 44% completion)

Sammy Brown (753 yds, 11 TD, 13.0 YPC)
Tre Reece (431 yds, 8 TD, 12.3 YPC)
Malaki Starks (303 yds, 5 TD, 8.9 YPC)
Reese Johnson (232 yds, 0 TD, 7.3 YPC)
Isaiah Copeland (169 yds, 4 TD, 7.7 YPC)
Jordan Perry (156 yds, 2 TD, 8.2 YPC)
Max Aldridge (135 yds, 0 TD, 4.4 YPC)
Kadin Bailey (129 yds, 4 TD, 9.9 YPC)

Spencer Neese (44 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec)
Dawson Crawley (35 yds, 0 TD, 1 rec)
Kadin Bailey (26 yds, 0 TD, 2 rec)
Jack Eubanks (26 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec)

Austin Redmon (58 TKL, 4 TFL)
Sammy Brown (35 TKL, 3 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 Fum Rec)
Kadin Bailey (33 TKL, 5.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 Fum Rec)
Isaiah Copeland (29 TKL, 3.5 TFL)
Jordan Perry (20 TKL, 4 TFL, 1 INT)
Malaki Starks (13 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 INT, 1 Fum Rec)


Sedrick Hill (1,293 yds, 9 TD, 7 INT, 56% completion)

Demetrious Thomas (464 yds, 2 TD, 4.5 YPC)
Duce Hood (347 yds, 3 TD, 5.8 YPC)
Quantaves Gaskins (237 yds, 6 TD, 8.8 YPC)
Krishon Lett (30 yds, 1 TD, 15.0 YPC)

Quienten Williams (529 yds, 4 TD, 29 rec)
Krishon Lett (520 yds, 3 TD, 35 rec)
Quantaves Gaskins (103 yds, 1 TD, 9 rec)
Allen Harris (90 yds, 1 TD, 9 rec)

Leon Brown (48 TKL, 10 TFL, 2 Sacks)
Devon Irving, Jr (34 TKL, 8 TFL, 4 Sacks)
Marcellius Johnson (29 TKL, 2 TFL, 1 Sack, 2 INT)
Jakari Mitchell (24 TKL, 4 TFL, 1 Sack)
Quantaves Gaskins (9 TKL, 2 INT)

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