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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.
Taking a big step toward repeating as 3AA-A champions with a number-one seeding at the 3AA tournament in October, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock improved to 13-0 on the season with an 11-2 rout of defending region champion Southeast Bulloch in Brooklet Friday.
Laney’s improved Lady Wildcats will be here this Sept. 10 afternoon at 5 as the Red and White seek to finish the first round robin of subregion play undefeated. Jefferson County will host SCHS on Tuesday, Sept. 15, before the Lady Jackets of SEB make their trip to Screven County Sept. 17. Both games begin at 5.
Dormant for an entire half, the SCHS Gamecock offense and defense exploded to life in the second half to make a game where none had apparently existed in a 38-25 loss to homestanding Laney’s Wildcats Friday night.
With the loss the Roosters drop to 0-2 on the season, but hope to use their second half success for this week’s 3AA contest as the Dodge County Indians will be here Friday evening for a 7:30 kickoff.
With a trip to the northern-most reaches of the state, the SCHS cheerleaders of Vette Rountree and Mary Helen Harrison will journey to Dawsonville this Saturday for the season lidlifter of their competitive schedule.
On the schedule facing the Lady Gamecocks, who are scheduled to perform at 1:25 are the host Dawson County Lady Tigers, Buford, Rockmart, Jefferson and North Oconee.
While Kelly Memorial Stadium has already seen its first “power outage” that I can readily remember since maybe 1984, Dodge County comes to town tomorrow evening with possible memories of a serious “power outage” at their own Memorial Stadium just a season ago. It was a power outage that seemed to jumpstart the visiting Screven County Gamecocks.
Moral victories for the SCHS Gamecock football program are no longer in vogue.
A year ago (am I ever going to quit talking about last year -- maybe not -- nothing has made me forget it!) there were gut-wrenching losses to eventual region champ Dublin and region runner-up Jefferson County.
Enough “what ifs” already!
In a storyline that has become all too familiar the SCHS Gamecocks saw a last-minute score doom them; this time in a 14-13 loss to fifth-ranked and heavily favored Dublin.
The visiting Irish put their second score of the final stanza on the board with just 2:23 remaining and then added the PAT to escape Kelly Memorial Stadium with a victory that was much more difficult than prognosticators had allowed.
With their guests having just completed a 13-play, 64-yard drive to knot the game at 7, Pat Collins’ Roosters answered with a most impressive drive of their own.
Obtaining the rare perfect cross country score of 15 by claiming the first five positions, the Lady Gamecocks of Anna Canetto had perhaps their finest outing ever by taking the top 11 spots in a three-way meet with Burke County and Jenkins County under the clouds covering the SCHS campus Aug. 27.
The squad will next be in action Sept. 15 when they host another meet.
Stepping up a notch in competition, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock knocked off perennial AAAA power South Effingham’s Lady Mustangs by a 5-1 margin to remain unbeaten and lay claim to the Battle in the ‘Boro’s Gold Division title Saturday evening.
Marking their first win over SEHS since 2002, the Red and White picked up five wins, three over AAAA schools, in the two-day event at Mill Creek Park in Statesboro.
Participating in the Battle in the ‘Boro Tournament over the next two days, SCHS will play five games over that span.
On Friday, the team will square off with Wayne County at 5:15 p.m. and Treutlen County at 7 p.m.
Sometimes sports and weather are just on a plain old collision course.
Such was the problem faced Friday night by the coaching staff of the Screven County High School Gamecock football team. With 6:32 showing on the second quarter clock the lightning meter went off letting those in charge know that the lightning was coming.
A few minutes later the monsoon-like rains came to join the lightning.
There was no more football at Kelly Memorial Stadium that evening.
Able to get in barely one and a half quarters before the lightning and rain came to Kelly Memorial Stadium, the SCHS Gamecocks and South Effingham Mustangs battled to a 0-0 draw in a disappointing conclusion to both team’s preseason tune-up Aug. 21.
With only two possessions with which to fine tune their new offense, the Roosters must ready themselves quickly for the Dublin Irish who come to town Friday night.
With kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, the rebuilding Screven County Gamecocks will have to grow up fast.
Since coming to town undefeated in that 2002 state title tilt, the Irish have barely missed a beat.
Well the time is here.
It actually got here on Friday at 5 p.m. over in Statesboro.
It is finally time to once again watch the Red and White clad athletes from Screven County High School compete against neighboring institutions. For me, it is high time.
As I no longer watch the Atlanta Braves, the summer break held only the College World Series, the French Open and Wimbledon that were of interest.
Not so now.
Cure them. Football season, as well as softball, cheerleading and cross country, is at hand. While softball is off to another hot start and will be home Friday afternoon, the real news will be at Kelly Memorial Stadium at 7:30 tomorrow night when the South Effingham Mustangs are here for a preseason game-style scrimmage.
Look for something new.
Billy Pollock’s Lady Gamecocks will open in Statesboro Friday afternoon at 5 when they take on the AAAA Lady Devils while the Gamecocks of Pat Collins are readying themselves for a game-type scrimmage next Friday night when South Effingham’s Mustangs come to Kelly Memorial Stadium at 7:30.
By the local school system not funding away games for 2009-2010, officials project a savings of $52,000 toward the $435,000, or mandated 3 percent reduction.
Superintendent Whit Myers said the funding for out-of-town trips will have to come out of the athletic program’s budget.