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It was the worst of teams. It is the best of teams
From the worst that Augusta has to offer last week to the best that Augusta has to offer this week.
That is how the 4AA schedule has worked out for Ron Duncan’s gridiron Gamecocks.
Last week it was Josey, who will probably finish the season next week with a nine-game losing streak and a 0-7 record in region play.
Friday night it will be the Glenn Hills Spartans who should finish the regular season next week with a 6-0 record against Richmond County schools.
Of course, there is that other thing that matters, Glenn Hills will be playing on Nov. 10 in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
While there is that huge football game at Kelly Memorial Stadium next Friday evening on Nov. 3 to determine the 4AA championship, there are other things going on around the SCHS Athletic Department as well.
Last week softball came within one bad inning of advancing to Columbus, but their season has ended at 21-11.
On Wednesday, on their home course again no less, Lady Gamecock cross country may well have won their sixth consecutive region title.
Next Saturday, Nov. 4, the day after football has hopefully claimed the number one seed heading into the state football playoffs; the competitive cheerleaders should defend their region title. They have to go all the way to Eatonton to do that with only Jefferson County to compete against.
Not since 2010 and the final season of the brilliant Class of 2011 players had the Lady Gamecocks fast pitch come so close to Columbus as Oct. 19. As with that final game in 2010 (up in Zebulon), SCHS took an early lead only to falter in the inning following their first lead.
It was a good season for Jim Randall Doyle’s troops. Matching the success of this season will be a tough row to hoe next season.
One thing that may loom on the horizon for next season is the absence of Harlem from the region standings.
Redistricting in Columbia County has supposedly added 200 or so students to the school. That number would definitely put them into a higher classification. The GHSA does do strange things sometimes so the jury is still out on that.
A 4AA without the six-time defending region champion Lady Bulldogs will be open for the taking. Even a team with a tremendous rebuilding looming ahead will be in the hunt for a title.
Two weeks to go in the regular football season.
It still looks like the top four teams for 4AA are going to be SCHS (7-0, 5-0) and Jefferson County (8-0, 5-0) at the top and Harlem (5-3, 3-2) and Glenn Hills (5-3, 3-2) at three and four.
Harlem already owns a 37-16 win over Glenn Hills so any tie goes to the Bulldogs. It does not hurt Harlem that Glenn Hills still has us to play.
What about the region we play into on Nov. 10? The top four appear to be Dodge County (8-0, 5-0); Bleckley County (6-2, 3-1); Dublin (5-4, 3-2); and Washington County (3-5, 2-2) in some order.
Dodge can lock up the title with a win at Bleckley County Friday. The rest, well, a lot of possibilities exist there. Dublin had the inside track on second by virtue of a win over Bleckley. The Irish went out and lost to Northeast Macon Friday night.
Anything can happen on any Friday night, but it would be nice to host Washington County on Nov. 10. The last two games with them -- state title game in 1994 and second round of state in 1996 -- have been decidedly one-sided their way.
This week in 4AA the full slate of games finds SCHS at Glenn Hills; Westside at Butler; Laney at Harlem; and Josey at Jefferson County.
Josey is officially eliminated. Butler and Westside are realistically out. Laney has a very outside chance with wins over Harlem and Josey, but ……………
The news for the football program at GSU was good Sunday -- the search is on to find the coach to return the Eagles to where they belong.