September 11, 2004

Even a well-funded and heavily-talented team like Buford can lose. The Wolves found that out Friday night when Central Gwinnett kicked two long field goals to win 20-14. Buford, without their star running back, saw its final scoring chance end with an end-zone interception.

Buford's win-streak ends at 47, one more than Parkview's 46. Both those streaks ended in the regular season. Lincoln County holds the third and fourth longest in Georgia history at 44 and 38 games. One big difference in our streaks and the two longer ones: both of ours were bookended with playoff losses, not regular season defeats.

Class A Red Devil teams went 4-0 Friday night. Along with the LC win, Hawkinsville shellacked Wilcox County 47-7, Randolph-Clay bombed Central-Talbotton 58-14, and Bowdon exacted some revenge on Landmark Christian 34-7.

Aquinas Irish undefeated after 3 games. Told you so! The Augusta private school bested North Oconee 34-12. Aquinas has a very very good chance to be 5-0 when they visit Lincolnton. The Irish play Our Lady of Mercy next week, and Glascock County the following week. OLM needed mercy against Bremen Friday night, losing 55-0.

Whoever made the 2004-05 Trion schedule must own a gas company. First the Bulldogs made the long ride to Commerce. This week, Monticello travels 165 miles to Trion. We hope those schoolbus seats are well padded.

Portal caught, plucked, and fried the winless Jenkins County Eagles 71-0. Portal is now 4-0 and next play sCalvary Baptist in two weeks. The Eagles have been outscored 231-7.

Athens Academy and Jefferson are both now 4-0 in non-region play. The Spartans shutout Walker 42-0, and Jefferson defeated Whitefield Academy 23-0. But both teams have to host those Tigers from Commerce in October.

Hawkinsville and Twiggs County rolled over their 4-A rivals this week. (Expect this paragraph to be repeated OFTEN.)

It took four tries, but Washington-Wilkes removed the zero in their wins column when they edged 2-AAAAA's Newton Rams 20-19 Friday night. The Tigers should win their next three games (Putnam County, Hancock Central, and GMC) before traveling to Lincolnton for the next battle in The 378 War October 15.

In a major local shocker, Burke County stunned Thomson 24-21 in the Brickyard. Hmmm - the Bears may be better than many thought. LC edged Burke 8-7 two weeks ago.

Lincoln County travels to Commerce next week. Maybe the Tigers will be easing up a bit since they whipped up on Banks County 40-13 to end a two-game losing streak. Easing up against our Devils? No, I don't think that for a second. It is always a battle when Coaches Campbell and Savage face each other across the gridiron.