Thursday, November 22, 2012
What a Friday.
First, Goose Creek is out of the playoffs.
Then they lose their appeal and they’re still out of the playoffs.
Then they take their case to court and they’re back in … but maybe not for good. By the time you read this the Gators may well be out again, but I doubt it.
On Friday night the St. John’s Cavaliers played in their third SCISA 8-man football state championship game in St. Matthews.
Watching 8-man football is like watching arena football. Offense, offense and more offense… seeing four touchdowns scored on successive plays inside a span of 60 seconds is not all that unusual. The 80-yard touchdown run has become ho-hum.
Personally I think it’s a governmental conspiracy to get me to exercise because that seems to be all I do, chase the two football teams up and down the field.
The Cavaliers lost 58-42 in a game that took more than three hours to play.
This was like a basketball game. Fun to watch, but basketball is played indoors where it’s warm and you get to sit down. Standing for more than three hours out in mid-30 degree temperatures, you tend to get a little ho-hum at 80-yard touchdown runs.
But it was a great game even though SJCA came out on the short end of the stick and the end to an amazing season.
Also on Friday, Timberland earned the right to begin its “Official Season.” After downing Edisto 49-20, the Wolves will now play the only game that matters other than the Class AA. Div. I state title game.
As much as they don’t like to admit, either team, they define each other’s seasons. If the Dillon game – or the Timberland game from the Wildcats side of the ball – doesn’t end in a win, the season is not deemed a total success.
For five straight years Dillon ended Timberland’s football season. Last year, the Wolves put one in the plus column, downing Dillon 18-16, and then went on to win the state championship.
Fast forward 365 or so days and here we go again.
Dillon comes to town on Friday.
It’s time for The Game.
But all eyes won’t be on St. Stephen to see who gets to make that trip to Columbia on Nov. 30. Cross will already be there.
The Trojans earned their first shot at a state championship by downing Lake View 41-40 for their first win in five tries. Coach Shaun Wright even goes so far as to call the Wild Gators HIS Dillon. Lake View even comes from the same neck of the woods as Dillon, and has ended the Trojans’ season each of the last four years.
Now Cross has cleared that hurdle and for the first time in its school history will play for the Class A Div. II state title at 3 p.m. on Friday.