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Jaguars need fans to 'pack the stands'

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On the road to the state championships in Orlando

By Pat Faherty

East Gadsden High School plays its last regular home game Thursday night en route to the school's first ever regional tournament appearance.
And coach Corey Fuller is urging the public to come out and pack the stands.
The Jaguars won the district title and will face West Nassau (Callahan) at home in the regional semi-final on Nov. 18.
But first they have to get past rival Florida A&M High School, which is also playoff bound and features DeJuan Holton, one of region's top rushers.
The Baby Rattlers beat the Jaguars last year, have dominated most of their opponents this year and play their best football on the road.
East is coming off a crushing, 44-0, win over Walton last Friday, a game marked by some brilliant individual performances and the chance to see some new faces on the field.
Junior Jerrell Reynolds owned the night, scoring four touchdowns while harassing the Braves on defense as well. Janorris Cunningham started the game at quarterback and called signals for most of the night, adding some explosive speed to that position. (See related story and photos on A7).
But the home game attracted a very thin crowd, a fact not lost on Fuller. It was hardly a supportive atmosphere for a district title winning team.
"We need their support," said Fuller about the fans. "This Thursday and throughout the playoffs."
"We feel something special brewing here," he added. "And the community should get ready to go on this ride we're fixing to take."
It's a ride that could at the state championships Dec. 9 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Fuller said he would like to see the place packed on Thursday (Nov. 10), especially since Friday is Veterans Day and many people have off.
"So Thursday we're looking for a packed house, to get that playoff atmosphere going," he said.