Their bid for the state opportunity began with a first round loss to Sebastian Middle School by a score of 16-12. Entering the losers bracket in the first round is never good, but the Colonels would not be discouraged. Round two saw them in a battle against former powerhouse Wolfe County. They would come out of this battle with a 19-15 victory. Round three had the Colonels squaring off against their district foe Estill County. However, after a heated battle, Jackson County again proved victorious by a score of 20-17. Round 4 brought the Academic Colonels into a revenge match against Sebastian Middle School. This time, however, the Colonels would get their revenge in a mighty way by defeating them 16-9. Round five would bring the Colonels in a final match to earn the right to play for the championship. After a heated first half battle against Bath County, the Colonels found themselves down by two at the half. The second half however proved to be all Jackson County by defeating a strong Bath County team 28-13. The final match of the day saw Jackson County pitted against their league foe Jackson City for the regional championship. In November Jackson County had defeated Jackson City for the Holiday Bowl title, but alas, this wasn’t to be replayed in the region. At the end of the day, with all of their energy spent, Jackson City defeated Jackson County by a score of 23-15. Both teams will advance on to the state finals on March 19-21, to compete as part of the top 48 quick recall teams in the state.
Also, Jackson County is proud to announce at least two students that will be travelling on to state in individual competitions. Allison Moore will represent the region and the county for her fourth place finish in Arts and Humanities. Eighth grader Chris Smith will be making a return trip to Louisville with a fifth place finish in Language Arts.