Jenkins County motivated by 2012 close call

Jenkins County Eagles
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August 25, 2013 At Jenkins County, the man known for rebuilding programs lived up to the billing in year one. So far, so good for Eagles head football coach Ashley Harden. Last season, he pushed Jenkins county toward the playoffs and may break through this year.

The Eagles were served somewhat of a speed bump on Saturday losing their opener to Johnson County, but they have the pieces and some size to compete in the state. A 6-4 record last year wasn't enough for the GHSA-A playoffs and it's serving as plenty of motivation for the Eagles

"It's pushing us a lot in the weight room knowing we were just a few points away from being in the playoffs this year. It was heartbreaking," quarterback Ira Hendrix-said.

"They work really hard, they are really talented. If we can just get over that hump of the top teams like ECI and Savannah Christian mentally. I think we'll be ok," coach Harden said.

Senior signal caller Hendrix is returning for his second year starting under center.