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Friday the 13th finds Gamecocks at Westside

There is a good bet that neither Pamela nor Jason Voorhees will be in the stands at The Battlefield and the nearest Crystal Lake is 32 miles away in Aiken County, South Carolina, but tomorrow night is Friday the 13th and the Screven County Gamecocks of Ron Duncan will be back in 4AA action as they face the suddenly explosive Westside Patriots.

Friday the 13th is not a jinx for the Gamecocks. 

Looking back in the GHSFHA archives, in the last 40 years the Roosters have played on such a night 13 times and have a record of 9-4. The most recent was the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 13, 2015, when SCHS was a 35-0 victor over visiting Bryan County.

On this actual date over the same period, the Red and White are 2-2 with wins over Vidalia (17-0 in 1995) and over Telfair County (24-0 in 1989). The losses have come to Laney (12-7 in 2006) and to Hephzibah (28-0 in 1978). 

The loss to Laney on Oct. 13 came in the first game ever played in their new stadium with the winning score coming with just 34 seconds remaining. According to the Augusta Chronicle, there were over 9,000 in attendance that night. That 1978 team that lost on Oct. 13 finished at 0-10. Both of those losses carry with them extenuating circumstances.

I call Westside suddenly explosive because they erupted for 53 points in their win over Josey last week. That total came within six points of as many as they had scored in their first five games combined. They scored only 85 in all of 2016 during their 1-9 campaign.

Oh yeah, did I say that they had lost 13 in a row coming in to last week?

After another weekend of interesting scores among the “best of the rest” in 4AA, there is now a pair of clear favorites to take the number three and four spots. Harlem (4-3, 2-2) is already my choice for No. 3, their 49-0 loss to Jefferson County (7-0, 4-0) notwithstanding. The Bulldogs will host Josey (1-5, 0-3) this week. If you did not notice, the Eagles ended Westside’s (1-5, 1-2) 13-game losing streak by allowing the Patriots an amazing 53-22 win. No reason at all for the Dawgs not to go to 3-2 in 4AA. Three region wins made the playoffs last season.

Glenn Hills (4-3, 2-2) put itself in a good spot for fourth place with a surprisingly easy 32-14 win over Laney (1-5, 1-3). The Spartans are open this week as is Laney. Jefferson County is at Butler (2-4, 1-2) to round out the schedule. Of the teams playing with one region win -- Westside and Butler -- neither is going to win their second region game. 

It surely does look like Laney may not make the playoffs. Only twice in this century, and not since 2009, have the Wildcats failed to advance to the postseason. We are used to penciling them in and then figuring their seeding.

To borrow from the High School Football Daily, Glenn Hills ended a nine-game losing streak to Laney with the Friday win. Over those nine games, Laney outscored the Spartans 346-39. To quote Dylan, “The times they are a changing.’”

The Gamecocks will be favored Friday night, probably by at least four touchdowns. Don’t tell Duncan that. While he is 4-1 against the Pats, he will long remember a 23-6 loss in Augusta on Oct. 18, 2013. SCHS came in favored and fell as flat as the proverbial pancake. “It is a tough place to play,” he said.

Something else borrowed, our neighbors to the west, the Jenkins County Eagles, are 6-1 for the first time in better than half a century. Go Team.

Surely wish that Jenkins County would play us for the next two seasons; that would be a huge money maker for both teams. We have about 250 more students than they. We also have better than 20 seniors on the roster, 10 of who started on defense in our last game. They are not interested. By the way, we have not played JCHS in the regular season since 1991.

That 1966 Jenkins County team that started at 6-1 beat SCHS twice on the way to an 8-2 season. That was probably one of the best teams ever produced over there. They lost the Region 2-North-B championship to Waynesboro 21-20. 

If interested, that Waynesboro team was ousted from the playoffs the following week by former Screven County BOE member Tom Avert’s Lyons Bulldogs. Avert’s Dawgs were region champs the following season and eventually played for the Class B state title before falling to Washington-Wilkes that year.

Hopefully you will be able to listen to the game on the radio Friday night. As I write this on Monday, that is still up in the air as to whether that will happen. 

Can you say equipment malfunction?