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Gamecocks step up big in Westside win

If you weren’t there on Friday night, you missed a good one.  
It got kind of frustrating at times, especially in the second half, but do you remember when a Gamecock defense did the things that it did in the clutch; especially against a good team?
And yes, Westside is a good team.
Now the Roosters must hit the road, in fact they will be on the road for the next three games. This road trip will cross the Savannah River; the first time we have crossed it to play a football game since 1960.
Since we will not be home again until Harlem is here for Homecoming on Oct. 3, there is no reason not to make this trip tomorrow night. Google Earth puts Wade Hampton High School at 46 miles away from SCHS. That is about the same distance as Metter and is the closest road trip of the season. Ron Duncan is hoping to make this a regular occurrence on the schedule.  
We also have them on the JV schedule as well.
Back to Friday night past, I have heard an awful lot of folks say they truly believe that we would have lost that game a year ago. Maybe so, there were certainly few examples of us stepping up in the clutch in 2013.  
Since last spring, all of the coaches have said over and over this is a different caliber of team. There were just so many questionable characters from a year ago that are gone or have grown up.
Region 3AA was quiet last week as three teams had a bye.  
Jeffco, Dublin, and Harlem had a week away from the rigors of games, while Metter was routed by ECI 35-13 and East Laurens routed Twiggs County 49-20.  
Valdosta handed Swainsboro a 21-0 loss, much closer than expected.
This week Jeffco (0-2) hosts Washington-Wilkes (2-0) in what should be a great game and will pick up their first win. Don’t be surprised if W-W claims a win either. Dublin (1-1) will rout Twiggs County (0-1) in Dublin.  
Metter (2-1) will take the measure of homestanding Long County (0-1). Long is coached by former SCHS assistant Ron Flott. Harlem (0-2) will host Warren County (1-2) and win unless the Bulldogs are really bad, don’t I think they are.
Finally, East Laurens (1-0-1) goes to Millen and beats the Eagles. Jenkins County is 2-0, but I don’t think they have turned things around that much. Swainsboro is open.
Don’t look now, but St. John’s beat Whale Beach Friday night to go to 2-1.
Not a lot here this week. I will try to make up for it next week, or sometime soon.

 Burton Kemp Jr. is a contributing writer for the Sylvania Telephone.