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Jaguars cap big season with victory
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Members of the Effingham Jaguars 8-under football team are, front row, left to right: Samari Westbrook, David Goodson, Dexter Manior, Lemanee Johnson, Cullen Wake, John Moses, Hayden Haynes and Mason Wake; second row: Chris Lemacks, Ryan Sapp, Ronnie Lewis, J.T. Townsend, Peyton Boyd, Daulton Harris, Greyson Ward, Anthony Beck and Ryan Pye; and third row: assistant coach Ron Lewis, assistant coach David Goodson, head coach Jason Townsend and assistant coach Shane Haynes. - photo by Photo submitted

The Effingham Jaguars 8-under youth football team completed a highly successful 2007 campaign finishing in second place in the South Georgia Youth Football League.  

The Jaguars capped off a strong regular season by participating in three postseason tournaments.  

The Jaguars opened the postseason in the George A. Ulmer Cracker Bowl hosted by Effingham County Recreation and Parks and defeated the Effingham County 8-under All Start Team 21-6.  

The second round pitted the Jaguars against a heated rival in the Richmond Hill Wildcats with the Jags winning 13-0 to claim the tournament championship. The Jaguars then participated in the Henry Ford Classic hosted by Richmond Hill and defeated the Liberty City Vikings 20-14.

Finally the Jaguars represented both Effingham County and the state in the first Border Bowl hosted by Hardeeville, S.C., pitting Georgia youth teams against South Carolina youth teams for state bragging rights. The Jaguars didn’t disappoint and defeated the Hardeeville Patriots 14-8, claiming the tournament title in a thrilling contest and capping off a 9-4 season.  

The players extended their thanks to the coaches and parents for their support and extra efforts in making this season a memorable one.