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Georgia Southern Vs. Georgia: GSU's J.J. Wilcox wants revenge against Jarvis Jones

Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones battled for the Georgia high school state title years ago. This Saturday, they face each other again on a much bigger stage.

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Georgia Southern, the sixth-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision, will try to pull off an upset of enormous proportions Saturday when they take on the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs, winners of the SEC East already and one of the most talented teams in college football. For one GSU player, safety J.J. Wilcox, the game has a little extra meaning.

In a terrific story by The Statesboro Herald, Wilcox tells the story of when he, as a member of the Cairo High School football team, lost in the Georgia Class AAA high school championship game to Carter-Columbus, the alma mater of one Jarvis Jones, now an All-American candidate at linebacker for the Georgia Bulldogs. From the Herald's story:

Jones has been on Wilcox's mind lately.

"He was a great ball player then and he's a great player now," Wilcox said, remembering the game in which his Cairo Syrupmakers lost the state title and scored their fewest points of the season. "Carver-Columbus won. Jarvis Jones won."

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"Hopefully we can switch that around this year," he said.

For the Eagles to pull off the upset, they would need something resembling a miracle. If they somehow do it, however, it would certainly be revenge for an old high school rivalry rekindled.

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