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2-0 and counting as Red Devils are in our house Friday
Fresh from a victory that came easier than even the most die-hard Rooster fan could have imagined, the SCHS Gamecocks will look to go 3-0 Friday night for the second consecutive season.
Still the question must continue, “Are we that good or our first two opponents that bad?”
Obviously, the verdict is still more than out on that question -- the answer may come this week.
I really do not think it will come next week when Homecoming -- always a tremendous distraction for players and coaches -- brings Windsor Forest to town. The Knights host Groves Friday, Sept. 11, in the midst of their 25-game losing streak. Ah, but Jefferson County looms on the horizon two weeks down the road.
The Jeffco Warrior coaching staff was in attendance at The Battlefield Friday night. I have to believe that they left impressed.
Let’s hope that a huge Windsor Forest squad does come in on a high note after ending their streak should that happen this week.
As of last week, the Gamecocks were ranked seventh in the state by the Georgia Sports Writers Association. No one ahead of us lost; we will not move up.
With reclassification coming up and the distinct possibility that there will be no private schools left in AA here is an interesting fact. The six ahead of us in order are Benedictine, Fitzgerald, Greater Atlanta Christian, Pace Academy, Macon County, and Wesleyan.
Please note that four of those six should not be around next year. Just a thought.
Also remember, rankings give folks like me something to write about. They give coaches like Ron Duncan something more to worry about. The rankings sound really good. They are not, however, worth any points on fourth-and-goal at the one with 1 second on the clock trailing by four.
For the fans they are. It is nice to be noticed in the rankings again. Oh yeah, it is more fun when all three Bulloch County teams are 0-2, not that we are pulling against them because we are not. The Effinghams are both unbeaten as is Burke County. Still a good roll might get some more out-of-county-fans in the stands down the stretch.
Did you notice, I am sure that I mentioned it during the radio broadcast, that we had more folks in the stands than did home-standing Westside? Is that awesome or what? Go Team!
Statistically, we are the top team in AA, averaging nearly 50 per game while, allowing three. This is the greatest scoring onslaught in the first two games in SCHS history. No. 2 came in 2012 when Duncan’s troops beat Groves 48-0 and Effingham County 41-21.
The 1959 Roosters are No. 3 with a 66-0 rout of Blackshear and a 20-6 win over Jenkins County.
One of those numbers I just like to throw out.
That 2012 squad went on to put up the highest points per game average in our history -- 34.75!
Ron Duncan is like any coach worth his weight in whatever element you pick -- he will praise the upcoming foe and bemoan his own team’s weaknesses, real or imaginary.
I will say this. After the St. John’s win, he said, off the record, that if we played like we were capable of we should be up on Westside 21-0 by halftime. That was, of course, Friday night’s halftime score.
Nothing of major significance in 3AA last week though Swainsboro did trail mighty Valdosta but 7-6 at intermission before succumbing 35-6 to the Wildcats. East Laurens beat Twiggs County 20-13 and Metter was routed by ECI 41-0. The remainder were open.
On tap this week in 3AA are Harlem (0-2) at Warren County; Twiggs County at Dublin (2-0); Long County at Metter (2-1); Jenkins County at East Laurens (2-0); Jefferson County (0-2) at Washington-Wilkes. Swainsboro (1-2) is open.
Next week’s SCHS opponent Windsor Forest (0-2) hosts Groves Friday, Sept. 11.
Burton Kemp Jr. is a contributing writer for the Sylvania Telephone.