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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Finally, a meaningful game on the schedule

The early games are what they are. 

We easily won the two football games against the two schools from the Low Country across the Savannah River. Then Statesboro wouldn’t play. Finally, 4AA play opened on Sept. 15 and the end result has been 99-0 in those two games.

Now comes along a game with some buildup. Friday night Kelly Memorial Stadium will showcase a pair of teams 2-0 in region play. One team is going to go to 3-0. Three region wins made the playoffs last season. Someone can really make a statement.

Gamecocks record seconds straight shutout, whip Laney 49-0

Once mighty Laney put up barely a fight last Friday night as they surrendered 402 rushing yards and nearly 500 total yards to the red hot and third-ranked Screven County Gamecocks of Ron Duncan in a 49-0, 4AA, win by the Roosters in Lucy C. Laney Stadium. SCHS improved to an overall 4-0, 2-0 in Region play, and now prepares for a big battle with Harlem’s Bulldogs (4-1, 2-0) in Kelly Memorial Stadium Friday evening.

Pounding out rushing yardage seemingly at will the Gamecock ground game accumulated 402 yards on a mere 34 carries for a healthy 11.8 per carry average.

Hall of Fame to induct four Sept. 29

Featuring a group of inductees whose playing days cover five decades with graduation dates spanning 1958- 2006, the Screven County Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members tomorrow evening at its annual banquet concluding at halftime of the SCHS-Harlem football game. 

The inductees are Bobby Cannon (Class of 1958), Don Tyre (Class of 1965), Matthew Sheley (Class of 2003), and Kate Freeman Haslam (Class of 2006).

Hot Harlem here looking for the upset

Bringing with it the top two rushers in Region 4AA, the upstart Harlem Bulldogs (4-1, 2-0) will come to Kelly Memorial Stadium Friday night looking to prove themselves as not merely a region playoff contender but a region championship contender.

Waiting on them will be the third-ranked Screven County High School Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0) for what is the annual Hall of Fame Game.           

Harlem downs softball Lady Gamecocks, playoffs begin Sept. 27

Falling to Harlem yet again, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle earned a regular season 4AA runner-up spot despite the 10-5 loss in Harlem on Tuesday. 

Still the Lady Gamecocks will host a first round Region 4AA playoff series on Wednesday, Sept. 27, with a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

The opponent will be third seed Jefferson County, an 11-2 winner over Westside-Augusta on Tuesday.

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.

Lady Gamecock cheerleaders open in winning style

Throwing what Coach Vette Rountree proclaimed, “Honestly …probably the best first competition ever,” the SCHS Lady Gamecock cheer squad of Rountree and Mary Helen Harrison walked away with the Cheer Dawg Classic AA Division at Toombs County on Sept. 16.   

To follow up on their season-opening victory, the squad will travel to Dublin on Saturday, Sept. 23, to participate in a competition at West Laurens High School.

With just six combined juniors and seniors in the starting lineup, Rountree and Harrison really did not know what to expect from their youthful group.

Gamecock defense stifles Butler, offense scores 50

Holding their guests to negative 28 yards rushing and negative 2 total yards, the third-ranked SCHS Gamecocks rolled past visiting Butler’s Bulldogs by a 50-0 score at Kelly Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15. 

With a win in their 4AA opener now under their belt, the Roosters will travel to Augusta Friday night to face the always-tough Lucy Laney Wildcats in another region contest.

Softball sweeps Grovetown, falls to Statesboro

With Irma playing heck with their schedule, this week the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Jim Randall Doyle finished last week with a record of 13-4 as they swept AAAAAA Grovetown on Sept. 6 before falling to AAAAA Statesboro 3-2 at Mill Creek on Sept. 7.

The team’s final three scheduled regular season home games were cancelled or postponed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday’s cancellation with AAA Southeast Bulloch is scheduled to be made up on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. Seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

Hopefully things will now return to normal

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As I followed scores on various websites Friday night, I kept finding that word – canceled -- when I came to Screven County vs. Statesboro. 

Every time I saw that word I kept wondering why we were not playing, or why we did not at least play on the previous night. We even offered to play on Thursday.

From across the river, apparently it was Friday night or not at all unless you were Southeast Bulloch.

SCHS coaches present and past featured in Football Daily

A pair of SCHS Gamecock football coaches -- one present and one past -- have been recently highlighted as part of the Georgia High School Football Daily’s feature “Four Questions.”

On Aug. 25, current head coach Ron Duncan was the interview while on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Mark Daniel, now of Rutland in Macon, was the feature. 

Both coaches spotlighted experiences in Sylvania at SCHS in many of their answers.

Weather halts opening cross country meet

With only senior Katelyn Alvarez having finished, the SCHS Lady Gamecock cross country team of Cindy LeMaster saw their opening meet of the season called before conclusion on Aug. 31. 

The Frazier-Hite Invitational included 10 other squads participating at the W.W. Mann Center in Statesboro has no makeup date at this time.

Next on the schedule for SCHS will be the Ray Miller Invitational at Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Lady Gamecocks roll past Laney 18-0; now 5-0 in region play

Heading toward the regular season region championship contest in Harlem on Sept. 19, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Jim Randall Doyle rolled past home-standing Laney by an 18-0 count on Tuesday. 

Now 11-3 overall and 5-0 in Region 4AA the team has only Glenn Hills remaining in other region play and that comes in Sylvania on Sept. 12.

Balanced Gamecock attack routs Red Devils 48-13

Rolling up better than 500 yards of offense for the second consecutive contest, the Screven County High School Gamecocks of Coach Ron Duncan rolled past Wade Hampton’s Red Devils 48-13 in the 2017 home opener at Kelly Memorial Stadium on Sept. 1. 

The 2-0 and third-ranked in AA Roosters will travel to Statesboro Friday to face the AAAAA Blue Devils at 7:30 p.m. at Womack Field.

With 262 yards rushing and 249 yards passing, the Gamecock offense was about as balanced as it is possible to be with Wade Hampton able to solve neither version of the attack.

Lady Gamecocks whip Jefferson County, sew up post-season spot

With three regular season 4AA games to go, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle downed home-standing Jefferson County 15-0 Tuesday to improve to 10-2 on the season but, more importantly, 4-0 in region play. 

The Jeffco win assures the Red and White of a spot in the region playoffs, which begin on Sept. 27, and assures them of a spot in the Class AA state playoffs which begin on Oct. 13.

Next week SCHS will travel to Laney on Sept. 5 before returning home on Sept. 6 for a doubleheader against AAAAAA Grovetown. The second game will be a makeup of an Aug. 8 rain out.

Home opener finally arrives

It seems like the season opener at Kelly Memorial Stadium has been a long time coming. 

I reckon I forget that it was even a week later last season. However, considering that SCMS has played at Kelly already and the SCHS junior varsity has played there already, it must just seem late. 

Friday night is finally the time for the fourth-ranked Gamecocks to put on their big boy pants and play some big boy football in front of the home crowd. 

Lady Gamecocks blast Josey, Butler; stand 3-0 in region

Picking up their third consecutive 4AA victory with a 17-0, run-rule shortened, victory over visiting Josey Tuesday, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Jim Randall Doyle punched a ticket to the region playoffs that begin on Sept. 27. 

The victory assures that the local team will head to the state playoffs for its 12th consecutive season.

The team now stands at 6-2 with three games rained out.

The team will participate in the Battle in the Boro Tournament this weekend playing twice Friday and twice again on Saturday. 

Gamecocks avenge last season’s heartbreak

Whether it came from the French novelist Pierre Choderlos de Laclos or from a Klingon novelist on Kronos, someone once said -- and I have written this in here before -- that revenge is a dish best served cold. 

Revenge is just as good when served hot. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

It was definitely hot on Saturday evening in Georgia Southern’s Paulson Stadium and the 45-20 Screven County Gamecock win over the Bluffton, S.C., Bobcats would have felt no better had it come in a driving snowstorm.

Gamecocks blast Bobcats 42-20 in Paulson

Spotting Bluffton’s Bobcats a quick 7-0 lead in the game’s first minute, the red-hot Screven County Gamecocks of Ron Duncan roared back with 42 unanswered points over the next 34-plus minutes of play en route to a very impressive 45-20 victory. 

The Saturday night game, played in Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern University before a large and enthusiastic crowd of SCHS supporters, was the final of four games played over two evenings as part of the sixth annual Erk Russell Classic.

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