Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: JSU plays good guy with local prep football
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Community colleges typically refer to two-year schools, but a four-year university can be a college for the community, as Jacksonville State is showing this week.

JSU is making its football stadium available for high school football Thursday night and will host the game between Munford and Cherokee County on Thursday night. Earlier this year, St. Jude beat Winterboro 40-14 at JSU.

In addition, the Gamecocks hosted a two-day seven-on-seven camp this summer, bringing 25 schools to campus. Jamboree games this past spring also were played at JSU. In 2011, when a tornado damaged the lights at Pleasant Valley’s football field, JSU allowed the school to move its games to campus until they were fixed. Pleasant Valley wound up playing twice on the Gamecocks’ field.

Prep teams are welcome to ask JSU about playing at the stadium, if they wish. There’s only a couple of requirements ― if a team plans on playing on Friday night, it has to be on a weekend when JSU isn’t playing at home. However, if the Gamecocks are at home, teams can play on Thursday night. Having prep teams play at JSU seems like a win-win. High school players get to play on a college field, while JSU earns some good will with high school students ­― some of whom might attend the university.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at

medwards@annistonstar.com.
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