Red Devils will win the Saturday morning Class A semifinal game and host the 2004 State Championship game. That was easy, and we're sure we're right!
OK, ok. We need to be serious, since those western Red Devils from Bowdon and those southern Red Devils from Hawkinsville will be very serious when they square off on the FieldTurf.
Hawkinsville will be the clear favorite, as the defending state champs are riding a 28-game winning streak. The Devils from da'ville began 2004 with a huge 27-20 win over Washington County, who plays in the Class AAA semifinals Friday. After a 21-7 win over Twiggs County the following week, Hawkinsville has not been seriously challenged and have outscored its 13 opponents 498-124.
Bowdon is 11-2, but its losses were to very good teams. Their second game was a five-point loss to Alabama powerhouse Clay County. The other loss was to Class AAA Carrollton, whose only defeat was to defending AAA champ LaGrange in last week's quarterfinals. Bowdon's Dwight Hochstetler is an experienced playoff coach who is sure to come up with some ways to make it tough on Hawkinsville.
Bowdon will be the most serious challenge to Hawkinsville since August. We think it won't be decided until the fourth quarter.