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Football rolls on, softball post season begins
It will not be the state playoffs and they did not win the 4AA regular season crown, but nevertheless the Lady Gamecock softball team is hosting a first round region playoff series next Wednesday, Sept. 27.
By virtue of that fact, they will be in the state playoffs on Oct. 4 for the 12th consecutive season and the 14th time in 17 seasons of the sport.
Next week when they host that region playoff series, they will be up against a team they defeated 15-0 in three innings during the regular season. The Jefferson County Lady Warriors will be here. Winning that series will assure the team of a first-round home playoff series when the state does begin.
Football began its merry trip through 4AA foes as they head to a Nov. 3 matchup with Jefferson County. There is no reason that both teams should not be unbeaten at that point. What a matchup! I can say these things because I just write. Coaches cannot say things like this.
Friday’s absolute domination of the Butler offense almost made me head to all of my folders to find out the last time we held a team to negative total yards. I don’t remember those things any more.
Instead I went to a game back when I was still on the sidelines coaching defensive linemen, thinking a specific performance in 1988 was that dominant. It wasn’t, but it was still impressive.
It was Oct. 28, 1988, at old, dark, Mitchell Field in Swainsboro. It was “Nightmare at Mitchell Field” night and it was Homecoming. We went in at 7-1, 5-1 in 3AA. The Tigers were 6-1 and 5-0 in 3AA. The end result was an 18-0 Gamecock victory when the SCHS defense held the vaunted SHS attack to negative 11 yards rushing, but there were 45 yards passing.
Also noteworthy was that it was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Dirty Bird defense and sixth overall. That streak went on to six in a row and finished at eight on the season. The season ended at 10-2. That was the lone 10-win season between Bill Fulcher’s 1961 region championship (the first 10-win season at SCHS) and Chuck Conley’s 1994 region championship. There have been eight since.
The most interesting score from 4AA games Friday night was Harlem 37-15 over favored (not in my mind) Glenn Hills. With the win, and the ease with which it was recorded, the Bulldogs may have put themselves into the favorites’ position for third place in the post season race. Harlem should definitely take the measure of Butler this week and come into Kelly Memorial next week at 4-1 and 2-0 in region play and possibly with a 1,000-yard rusher through five games.
Jeffco over Laney by 65-19 was interesting only in the final margin and the SCHS 50-0 over Butler were easily predicted. The Josey-Westside game was moved to Oct. 6.
This week the Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0) should easily handle Laney (0-4, 0-1); Jeffco (4-0, 1-0) will even more easily handle Westside (0-3, 0-0); Harlem (3-1, 1-0) will take the measure of Butler (1-3, 0-1); and I have no clue about Josey (1-2, 0-0) at Glenn Hills (2-2, 0-1). I think that I will go with the Spartans in The Pit. In terms of later tiebreakers for the playoffs, this is a big game.
Yes they said it:
In the Sept. 7 Hampton Guardian newspaper said Wade Hampton Head Coach Clinton L. “Jerry” Brown following his team’s 45-13 loss to SCHS, “when we executed we out executed them.” Well OK, but when was that?
In the Sept. 16 Statesboro Herald said Statesboro Head Coach Jeff Kaiser, “I come walking out Friday (Sept. 8) and it’s the prettiest day of the year.”
Folks, Friday was never predicted to be anything else but pretty. The Herald article also says that on Thursday (Sept. 7) a prediction was made that Irma was going to go over the top of Bulloch County. When it was predicted to do that it was never going to do it until Sunday night. Remember, we offered to play on Thursday night. Why didn’t we play? Only in Statesboro do they know.
In the middle, not even that far along, of football comes some good news for a former SCHS Gamecock pitcher.
On Tuesday morning, 2017 SCHS graduate Tyler Owens, currently of East Georgia College, committed to play baseball for the Georgia Southern University Eagles beginning with fall practice of 2018.
Owens will pitch for the Bobcats again this spring. As a freshman, he started 15 games and finished with a 6-6 worksheet to go with a 3.90 ERA and 69 Ks and 33 BBs in 80.2 innings.