Effingham County High School head football coach Buddy Holder and South Effingham High School head football coach Donnie Revell talked to the Rotary Club of Effingham County — that’s the branch that meets at noon on Thursdays — and they discussed a little bit about their teams, the season to date and the rivalry game coming up.
While both coaches want to win, they also hold no animosity toward each other and toward each other’s programs — and hope that extends across the fan bases.
“It’s a week for our community to come together,” Holder said. “It can be a great unifying event for our community. There should be no hatred in it. It’s a way to bring the county together.”
“It’s one of the best rivalry games in the state,” Revell said. “I think we’ve done a good job of trying to keep that rivalry but get some of the hate out of it.”
Revell expressed a mutual admiration for Holder, and both men were longtime assistants at their respective schools before being promoted to head coach.
“I consider Coach Holder a very close friend,” Revell said. “I’m excited for him.”
And since South Effingham has shown a penchant for a unique play on its first snap on offense over the first two games, it elicited this after Revell asked those in attendance if there were any questions. A hand went up and voice from a man in a blue shirt and a clean-shaven head.
“What’s your first play going to be?” Holder asked, drawing a roomful of laughter.
“A good question,” Revell said. “I’ll have to ask my offensive coordinator.”
The South Effingham coach also wished his counterpart well.
“I hope Coach Holder wins all his games,” Revell said. “Except one.”