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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.
Locally, there are plenty of postseason Gamecock sports happening these days in the county and for our student-athletes playing in other cities.
On a national level, some rather sizable sporting events are on the radar too. On Saturday, the Kentucky Derby and prize fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are pretty big. The Atlanta Hawks will be on the court against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs Friday. Yep. Kinda important.
Behind a defense that made big play after big play in the fourth quarter, the SCHS Gamecocks of Ron Duncan hung on for a tense 28-12 victory over the visiting Westside Patriots in a nonregion contest at Kelly Memorial Stadium Sept. 5.
The win sends the Roosters to 2-0 on the young season and into the South Carolina Low Country for this week’s encounter with the Wade Hampton Red Devils.
Twice in the fourth quarter while clinging to a 21-12 lead the Gamecock defense bent, but did not break as they allowed their guests into the red zone only to turn them away.
Kickoff in the den of the Devils is scheduled for 7:30.
SCHS traveled to Allendale County to face the Allendale-Fairfax Tigers in both 1958 and 1960, but to only a few folks is Allendale part of the Low Country.
In the process of the game, Ron Duncan and his troops are seeking to improve to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2003.
Standing at 9-5 overall and 5-1 in 3AA play, the SCHS team has a busy week coming up with four games in four days.
Effingham County will be in Sylvania Sept. 15; Swainsboro on the 16th; Southeast Bulloch on the 17th; and the team will travel to East Laurens on the 18th.
It got kind of frustrating at times, especially in the second half, but do you remember when a Gamecock defense did the things that it did in the clutch; especially against a good team?
And yes, Westside is a good team.
Now the Roosters must hit the road, in fact they will be on the road for the next three games. This road trip will cross the Savannah River; the first time we have crossed it to play a football game since 1960.
Standing at 6-3 overall and 4-1 in 3AA play, SCHS was rained out at home with Metter on Tuesday.
Kickoff time is slated for 7:30.
Westside enters the contest at 0-1-1 and is coming off a tremendously tough come-from-ahead 24-24 tie with AAAAA Richmond Academy after a 41-0 loss on opening night to another AAAAA foe, Evans. Last Friday on their home field, The Battlefield, the Patriots had a seemingly safe 24-6 lead heading into the final stanza.
No, Westside has done nothing to the Gamecock Nation or our sports program to create ire between the programs. No this is a burning from within.
A year ago the Gamecocks headed to Augusta at 3-3, 1-1 in 3AA. Two weeks before had been their most impressive performance of the season in a 35-13 thumping of 4-0 Harlem. A loss to eventual region champion Laney was on their record as well.
The team will host Metter Sept. 2; host South Effingham on the 3rd; and travel to Burke County on the 4th. Standing at 6-2, with both losses coming to the two much larger Effingham County schools, the Red and White are currently the surprise team of 3AA.
The squad will next be in action Thursday, Sept. 4, at Southeast Bulloch.
Freshman Katelyn Alveraz (23:45) and senior KB Scruggs (24:00) were the top two runners as the Alveraz topped the two-time defending region champion in their first race as teammates.
If the margin is slim or if the margin is wide, getting a win in the opening game is always significant. But a 48-0 win over a team ranked in the South Carolina Class A top 10?
Obviously, that is always significant, but only time will tell how significant it is.
It was a beautiful night, albeit so hot that the heat was the lone detriment to the pregame ceremonies rededicating Kelly Memorial Stadium to Maj. Charles L Kelly during the 50th since his death.
Pregame ceremonies, beginning with the Maj. Charles L Kelly monument unveiling in front of the ticket booth will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening kickoff scheduled for 7:30.
I, for one, have been looking forward to the beginning of the 2014 season and still am. I think, judging by the attendance at last Friday’s scrimmage with Effingham County, a lot of other folks are looking forward to it as well.
With kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m., the event will go a long way in determining how ready the Roosters are for next week’s season opener against the visiting top-10 ranked St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders on Saturday night, Aug. 23.
Heading into this week, Rooster mentor Ron Duncan was concerned about the lack of true practice time his team had during its first full week in pads.
SCHS defeated SEB 7-5, thanks to a three-run homerun from Rebekah Woods. On Tuesday, the Lady Gamecocks would lose to South Effingham 13-1.
The tourneys concluded Saturday, July 12, as the Screven County Flea Boys and Midget Boys were fourth and the Flea Girls were seventh. Twenty-five teams competed in the 8-and-under Fleas and 12-and-under Midget baseball.
Visiting Jeff Davis County did well as their Flea Girls and Midgets won the state titles. Jeff Davis’ Flea Boys were runners-up to Evans County.
Johnson, 47, has been competing on a regular basis for eight years and Friday she will perform in the weapons and combat weapons competitions.
To reach worlds, Johnson had to excel at the state and district levels.
There was a World Series of Fighting (WSOF) event Saturday, as well as an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view later that night and a The Ultimate Fighter Finale (TUF) 19 the next night as part of the UFC’s “Red, White & Fight Week.”