Another Friday of football. And this time both of our beloved high schools hit the gridiron at home. The last time that happened was Aug. 31 with both the Mustangs and Rebels emerging victorious.
Today, however, the competition will be fierce.
Unlike the win over Groves, South Effingham must face an up-start 3-0, hungry, pass-happy, athletic, fast Cross Creek team.
This team proves that pigs can fly. It's just that these little piggies will be picked off by the mighty Mustangs, especially since defensive back Josh Jackson is returning to the field.
He missed the first three games with an injured wrist and he said he's ready to do his part for South.
Meanwhile, coach Greg Manior said the Mustangs are going to hit the Backs in the mouth, so while the pigs are looking for their snouts in the turf, Jeff Hamilton and the Mustang offense will be busy running to the end zone.
Prediction: South Effingham 28, Cross Creek 14
Now, on to the Rebels. They, too, must play an undefeated team from the Augusta area. The Evans Black Knights ride into Springfield atop their horses and are ready to joust. However, these knights aren't like the knights of yore, for their helmets are adorned with radio receivers. So,with the echoes of Coley Cassedy ringing in their ears, will the Knights pull out a win in Springfield. NO!!! I don't care how many radio receivers these boys have, they ain't gonna beat our defense. Well, in actuality Evans' QB Kevin Millward won't need a radio and coach Marty Jackson appears to have more class than his predecessor of 20 years ago. Still, I expect Evans to give us a good game, but they leave with a loss, but at least they will have their dignity.
Prediction: Effingham County 14, Evans 7.
You see, 20 years ago in the state quarterfinals, Effingham lost to Evans 12-10. Well, during the course of the game an official found a radio receiver in the QB Craig Cassedy's helmet. They were penalized 15 yards, but ultimately ECHS appealed the loss to the GHSA and won. I beleive the final score was 1-0. Anyway, the story captured national attention, even appearing on an upstart cable channel called ESPN. I don't know what happened to the Cassedys, but I am positive their not coaching football anywhere. Now, with the growth that has happened in both Columbia County and Effingham County, I am sure only a small percentage of people remember the game and the story, but the radio receiver lives in infamy.
Now, on to other contests.
Georgia Southern was upset last Saturday against Chattanooga in Statesboro. This Saturday they play cellar dweller Western Carolina. But, I wouldn't write off the Catamounts just yet. If GSU turns over the ball like they did last week then we could see another upset. However, I think the Eagles have gone through plenty of ball control drills this week and muscle memory that holding on to the ball won't be a problem.
Prediction: Eagles 45, Catamounts 17.
Georgia Tech hosts Clempson this week and gets thumped. The Jackets are arguably one of the most under-achieving teams in the country this season. They should have been a top 15 team, now it looks like they may not even be in the top 15 in the ACC. Well, they'll beat Duke so maybe they'll finish in the top 8. Still, the Tigers roll 24-14.
Georgia is coming off a huge overtime road win at Alabama. This week they host Ole Miss. I think the Dawgs keep the momentum going and win, but the question is can Matthew stafford have two solid games in a row. This game is his chance to prove that he can be a big-time QB. I hope he pulls it off, but I don't know. Anyway, Georgia wins 28-10.
Bradwell over Beach
Long over Appling
Toombs over Tattnall
Bryan County over SCD
Liberty over Harlem
MCA over SCPS
Brunswick over Ware
Bama over FSU
WV over South Florida
South Carolina over Miss St
Oregon over Cal
Gators over Auburn
Wofford over Furman
BYU over New Mexico
Falcons over Texans
Bears over Lions
Panthers over Bucs
Colts over Broncos
Cheaters (Patriots) over Bungles
Eagles over Giants
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