PROUD TO BE LED BY STROUD
It took Mark Stroud a couple of seasons to grow the football culture after he took over at Calvary Day (Savannah) in 2006.
After back-to-back 4-6 seasons to start his tenure, Stroud’s
Cavaliers developed into a Class A powerhouse. Compiling a 30-7
record the past three years, Calvary Day fell one win short of the
state title in 2013, losing to Aquinas in the Georgia Dome.
Look for the Cavs to make a strong push for a return to the big
stage. It won’t be easy. It never is. Watch out for a late season
match-up (Oct. 31) with rival Savannah Country Day. There could be
a lot riding on that game by the time it rolls around.
BUCKET ITEM LIST: LINCOLN COUNTY
What’s more legendary than a Lincoln County football game? It
seems like this team’s been a household name since the beginning
of high school football time.
You want a small town Friday night? What’s better than seeing
the school that has the most state championships in small classification? It’s 14 by the way.
This is also the same school that was once led by the legendary
Larry Campbell - the same coach that won 11 state titles in 41
completed years as well as a state record of 123 playoff wins. The
REVERED RIVALRY: CHARLTON COUNTY-CLINCH COUNTY
You want a clear leader? Sorry, there truly isn’t one.
However, you want to keep things interesting? Charlton County
and Clinch County will do it for you. The Swamp Bowl has a current
leader, but only by two wins.
As of now, Charlton County has got the lead in this series, which
it serves to mention has been played since 1962. In the last match-up of this series, Charlton County came away with a 24-7 victory in
the late August meeting.
The players in this history haven’t been forgotten, and there’s
surely been zero love lost. Charlton County has won the past six
match-ups. In fact, Clinch County hasn’t won a game in this rivalry
since 2002. Also, mind these games are usually close.
CAN’T MISS OUT-OF-CONFERENCE CONTEST
These rival schools are less than 10 miles apart, but one currently has the upper hand in the series.
Last year, Jefferson entered the season as the reigning Class AA
GHSA State Champions after finishing with a 15-1 record in 2012.
Commerce was the first team on the schedule - the only team the
Dragons lost to in their run to a state title as the Tigers came away
with a 22-7 home victory that season.
Looking to knock the Dragons off for a consecutive year, Commerce made the trip to Jefferson only to find itself on the wrong
end of a 40-0 shutout.
This season, Jefferson won’t open up against Commerce, but will
instead wait to take on the s Tigers until Sept. 12.
Jefferson currently has the bragging rights, along with a state
championship trophy that hasn’t had much time to gather dust.
Commerce, however, won’t travel back to Jefferson just to go down
without a fight.
TOP 10 TEAMS
1. Marion County
2. Clinch County
4. Charlton County
6. Calvary Day
7. Eagle’s Landing Christian
8. Irwin County
9. Johnson County
10. Mt. Pisgah
PROGRAM TO WATCH:
PLAYER TO WATCH:
RB Ruben Garnett, Aquinas
BEST FRIDAY NIGHT
Bobby Gentry Stadium, Hawkinsville
QB Cornelius Taylor Claxton
QB Stockton McGuire Landmark Christian
QB Aaron Winchester Mt Pisgah Christian
RB Ruben Garnett Aquinas
RB Tra Minter Schley County
RB Robert Heyward Calvary Day
WR Emoni Williams Mt. Paran Christian
WR Nathan Waller St. Francis
OL Cam Morgan Irwin County
K Colton Lichtenberg Savannah Co. Day
DL Chauncey Manac Clinch County
LB Zantravious Shields Prince Avenue
LB Nick Sbravati Mt. Paran Christian
LB Shingi Chigwere Mt. Pisgah
LB Tevis Dasher Charlton County
DB Lorenzo Smothers Marion County
DB Octavis Johnson Clinch County
DB Demtris Robinson Savannah Co. Day
DB Zentravious Shields Prince Avenue
P Justin Thompson Aquinas
Coach Mark Stroud took Calvary Day to the state title game in 2013.
PHOTO BY DEAN LEGGE