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Homecoming this week & on to region play next week
Just when it seemed that a tightly contested contest was about to break out last Friday night at Kelly Memorial Stadium, the weapons of the Rooster offense and the strength of the Dirty Bird defense took over.
In lieu of the nail biter, another rout took over to the tune of SCHS-49 and Wade Hampton-7.
You were there or surely you were listening on the radio.
SCHS led 7-0. It was the first play of the second quarter. There was a “you got it, I’ll take it” handoff in our backfield. The visitors politely took the ball off the ground, scored, and tied the game up. The Gamecocks then went three–and-out. Uh oh!
SCHS then scored on every full possession they had thereafter -- six in a row. Wade Hampton recorded two more first downs the rest of the night.
Again the question, “Are we that good or are they that bad?” We should not have to find out the answer to that question this week.
Against Windsor Forest, 2-31 in their last three-plus seasons, the Red and White need to get ahead and get out. By that, I mean avoiding injuries to anyone. Then to Jefferson County.
The 2015 Gamecocks through three games continue to be the most prolific scoring machine in our history. Now with 148 points in three games, only three other teams have topped the century mark in the first three games. Ron Duncan’s 2012 team (123); Sandy Hershey’s 1959 team (119); and Chuck Conley’s 1994 team (103).
Like I said last week, I love those numbers.
We have also scored the second most points of any team in AA (Wesleyan has scored 153 and averages more); allowed the fewest points in AA; and have the greatest point differential of any AA team.
Does any of that mean a thing? Of course not! Have we played a “lights out” defense? No! As I said last week, it is fun to write about.
Obviously, I love numbers -- here are some more. Malik Prescott has 542 yards rushing in the first three games (missing four quarters because the first team was no longer in the game). According to MaxPreps, that leads 3AA and is second in Class AA.
Michael Cooper, who holds the regular season rushing record here (2,023), had 385 yards after three games back in 2001. They were against Burke County, Appling County, and Swainsboro.
On to the rankings.
We are 3-0 and now sixth in the Georgia Sports Writers and not ranked in the AJC. Dublin is 3-0 and debuted at 10th in the GSWA this week, but is eighth in the AJC. Our opponents are 4-8, theirs are 3-6.
Maybe the difference between us and them to the AJC is that they have a marquis win in their 3-0 victory over Laney to open the season.
We have no marquis victory. Laney went to Atlanta and beat Westminster. Obviously, that got the attention of the AJC. Ron Duncan says “who cares?”
For some coaches, Homecoming comes as a huge distraction with powder puff and dress up and all sorts of other class competitions. Not to Ron Duncan.
“Everybody plays a part in Homecoming,” Duncan said. “The homecoming court dresses up, the cheerleaders cheer, the band plays music, the fans cheer and our only job is to play football and hopefully win the game.”
Another fairly ho-hum week in 3AA.
Joining the Gamecocks at 3-0 were Dublin over Twiggs County 34-16 and East Laurens over Jenkins County 36-29.
Metter went to 3-1 with a 24-18 win over Long County. Jefferson County improved to 1-2 with a 29-14 win over Washington-Wilkes and Harlem dropped to 0-3 with a 12-6 loss to Warren County.
If Harlem’s Bulldogs don’t beat visiting Glascock County this week, they may be on their way to an 0-10 season.
Of course, this is the last week of “preseason” in the region. Next week they all count toward the state playoffs.
The marquee matchup is Dublin at Bleckley County. Beyond the Harlem-Glascock matchup are Glenn Hills at Jefferson County, Swainsboro (who was open last week) at Butler, East Laurens at Stewart County and Metter is open.
Remember that SCHS hosts Windsor Forest.
Burton Kemp Jr. is a contributing writer for the Sylvania Telephone.