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Burton Kemp Jr.

Softball sweeps Grovetown, falls to Statesboro

With Irma playing heck with their schedule, this week the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Jim Randall Doyle finished last week with a record of 13-4 as they swept AAAAAA Grovetown on Sept. 6 before falling to AAAAA Statesboro 3-2 at Mill Creek on Sept. 7.

The team’s final three scheduled regular season home games were cancelled or postponed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday’s cancellation with AAA Southeast Bulloch is scheduled to be made up on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. Seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

Hopefully things will now return to normal




As I followed scores on various websites Friday night, I kept finding that word – canceled -- when I came to Screven County vs. Statesboro. 

Every time I saw that word I kept wondering why we were not playing, or why we did not at least play on the previous night. We even offered to play on Thursday.

From across the river, apparently it was Friday night or not at all unless you were Southeast Bulloch.

SCHS coaches present and past featured in Football Daily

A pair of SCHS Gamecock football coaches -- one present and one past -- have been recently highlighted as part of the Georgia High School Football Daily’s feature “Four Questions.”

On Aug. 25, current head coach Ron Duncan was the interview while on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Mark Daniel, now of Rutland in Macon, was the feature. 

Both coaches spotlighted experiences in Sylvania at SCHS in many of their answers.

Weather halts opening cross country meet

With only senior Katelyn Alvarez having finished, the SCHS Lady Gamecock cross country team of Cindy LeMaster saw their opening meet of the season called before conclusion on Aug. 31. 

The Frazier-Hite Invitational included 10 other squads participating at the W.W. Mann Center in Statesboro has no makeup date at this time.

Next on the schedule for SCHS will be the Ray Miller Invitational at Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Lady Gamecocks roll past Laney 18-0; now 5-0 in region play

Heading toward the regular season region championship contest in Harlem on Sept. 19, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Jim Randall Doyle rolled past home-standing Laney by an 18-0 count on Tuesday. 

Now 11-3 overall and 5-0 in Region 4AA the team has only Glenn Hills remaining in other region play and that comes in Sylvania on Sept. 12.

Balanced Gamecock attack routs Red Devils 48-13

Rolling up better than 500 yards of offense for the second consecutive contest, the Screven County High School Gamecocks of Coach Ron Duncan rolled past Wade Hampton’s Red Devils 48-13 in the 2017 home opener at Kelly Memorial Stadium on Sept. 1. 

The 2-0 and third-ranked in AA Roosters will travel to Statesboro Friday to face the AAAAA Blue Devils at 7:30 p.m. at Womack Field.

With 262 yards rushing and 249 yards passing, the Gamecock offense was about as balanced as it is possible to be with Wade Hampton able to solve neither version of the attack.

Lady Gamecocks whip Jefferson County, sew up post-season spot

With three regular season 4AA games to go, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle downed home-standing Jefferson County 15-0 Tuesday to improve to 10-2 on the season but, more importantly, 4-0 in region play. 

The Jeffco win assures the Red and White of a spot in the region playoffs, which begin on Sept. 27, and assures them of a spot in the Class AA state playoffs which begin on Oct. 13.

Next week SCHS will travel to Laney on Sept. 5 before returning home on Sept. 6 for a doubleheader against AAAAAA Grovetown. The second game will be a makeup of an Aug. 8 rain out.

Home opener finally arrives

It seems like the season opener at Kelly Memorial Stadium has been a long time coming. 

I reckon I forget that it was even a week later last season. However, considering that SCMS has played at Kelly already and the SCHS junior varsity has played there already, it must just seem late. 

Friday night is finally the time for the fourth-ranked Gamecocks to put on their big boy pants and play some big boy football in front of the home crowd. 

Lady Gamecocks blast Josey, Butler; stand 3-0 in region

Picking up their third consecutive 4AA victory with a 17-0, run-rule shortened, victory over visiting Josey Tuesday, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Jim Randall Doyle punched a ticket to the region playoffs that begin on Sept. 27. 

The victory assures that the local team will head to the state playoffs for its 12th consecutive season.

The team now stands at 6-2 with three games rained out.

The team will participate in the Battle in the Boro Tournament this weekend playing twice Friday and twice again on Saturday. 

Gamecocks avenge last season’s heartbreak

Whether it came from the French novelist Pierre Choderlos de Laclos or from a Klingon novelist on Kronos, someone once said -- and I have written this in here before -- that revenge is a dish best served cold. 

Revenge is just as good when served hot. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

It was definitely hot on Saturday evening in Georgia Southern’s Paulson Stadium and the 45-20 Screven County Gamecock win over the Bluffton, S.C., Bobcats would have felt no better had it come in a driving snowstorm.

Gamecocks blast Bobcats 42-20 in Paulson

Spotting Bluffton’s Bobcats a quick 7-0 lead in the game’s first minute, the red-hot Screven County Gamecocks of Ron Duncan roared back with 42 unanswered points over the next 34-plus minutes of play en route to a very impressive 45-20 victory. 

The Saturday night game, played in Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern University before a large and enthusiastic crowd of SCHS supporters, was the final of four games played over two evenings as part of the sixth annual Erk Russell Classic.

Kickoff is Aug. 19 at 8 p.m., will you be there?

How long ago was it?  

Callaway scored with just 17.5 seconds remaining and the 2016 football season was over for local fans.

Saturday night the 2017 Screven County High School Gamecocks of Coach Ron Duncan will meet the Bluffton, S.C., Bobcats in the final contest of the four-game, two-night Erk Russell Classic at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro. It will be the regular season opener for both teams and kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.

Lady Gamecock soccer now in a three-team hunt for first

With an extremely hard-earned 6-2 victory over home-standing A.R. Johnson at Lucy Laney Stadium on Tuesday, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team of Terry Markovcic improved to 8-1 on the season, 7-1 in 4AA, but now find themselves in third place looking up at both Glenn Hills and Harlem. 

After hosting Westside Friday, the Red and White will face Glenn Hills in Augusta on Tuesday with a chance to throw the trio of region frontrunners into a three-way tie.

Track Southeast Georgia Showcase boasted a loaded field

Featuring 13 girls teams and 12 boys teams, the first Screven County Southeast Georgia Track Showcase fielded some tremendous athletic competition on the evening of March 10 at the SCHS track. 

From all of the competition, the Gamecocks of Kenny Sanders took fourth place, just two points behind AAA Appling County, while the Lady Gamecocks of Roy Cooper took seventh.

SCHS was scheduled to host Bryan County, Jefferson County, and Jenkins County Wednesday after the Sylvania Telephone press deadline with the SCHS teams next meet coming on March 22 at Southeast Bulloch.

Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five

For the first time in nearly two decades and just the fourth time ever the Screven County Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five new members in ceremonies that will culminate at halftime of the SCHS-East Laurens Region 3AA Friday football game.
The inductees for 2015 are former head football coach Mark Daniel; Christie Kemp (c/o 2005); Bill Parker (c/o 1997); Dusty Reddick (c/o 2004); and former head tennis coach Jim Sheppard (c/o 1976).
Along with the five being honored Oct. 9, so will the SCHS golf teams from 1966 and 1970.

Metter in Sylvania, home field in state playoffs at stake

With the state playoffs beginning next Wednesday, Oct. 14, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team will host the Metter Lady Tigers this Oct. 8 afternoon with second place at stake.
Though there are tiebreakers that may apply, in all likelihood the winner will host the No. 3 team from Region 2AA, while the loser will travel to the number two seed from the same region.
Game time is scheduled for 5:00 with mostly sunny skies predicted as of Tuesday.
Metter was to host region leading Harlem Wednesday afternoon after the Sylvania Telephone’s press time.

SCHS rebounds in style, 41-0 over Harlem

Rebounding from a less-than-stellar performance in their region opener, the SCHS Gamecocks of Ron Duncan put together a near complete-game performance in blasting the home-standing Harlem Bulldogs 41-0 in a steady drizzle on Oct. 2 during a televised contest.
Improving to 5-1 on the season and evening their 3AA record at 1-1, the Roosters will host East Laurens this Friday night in the annual Hall of Fame game.

Once-beaten East Laurens here for ‘Hall’ game

Looking to rebound from their first loss of the season after an opening four-game winning streak, the East Laurens Falcons will fly into Kelly Memorial Stadium this Friday night in week three of the rigors of the Region 3AA schedule.
On the other hand the 5-1 Gamecocks of SCHS will be looking on Oct. 9 to successfully continue their pursuit of the Jefferson County Warriors.
Kickoff in the annual Hall of Fame Game is scheduled for 7:30.

Football world better; softball readies for state

Football’s world seemed a lot better Saturday morning after diehard fans dried out from being outside in the Friday night elements, while those listening on the radio stayed tried to stay dry under shelter.
The gridiron Gamecocks dominated Harlem like they dominated Windsor Forest at Homecoming. There was never any doubt. Here’s to another good night on Oct. 9.


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