FINDING MUDVILLE: It’s game time
Week Zero is in the books.
Sertoma has passed and so have the scrimmages that mean nothing, and now we can get down to the business of football.
Except for Timberland and Cross, teams are 0-0 and start Friday with a clean slate.
The Stags head to Stratford and we get to see if Jacob Park is as good as advertised. Park, who is Georgia-bound next fall, will only be as good as his offensive line and receivers let him be.
A 65-yard spiral in the air is just an incomplete pass if there’s nobody there to catch it. It’s like hitting a 450-foot foul ball into the upper deck, just a loud strike.
Berkeley has the defense and the defensive backs starting with Josh Simmons and Branden Williams to stymie Park’s aerial assault. But Park completed five passes in about 10 minutes against James Island for 270 yards and yes, I just contradicted myself and my “scrimmages that mean nothing,” comment. If the Stags aren’t paying attention, they can be down 28-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Goose Creek is 0-0 also and their two scrimmages with Berkeley offer little more than bragging rights over a school they don’t play anymore. Next year maybe, if Berkeley makes the move to AAAA. We’ll see.
As for this year, the Gators are on a mission.
They have something to prove to the rest of AAAA and the South Carolina High School League. These guys are hungry and ticked off, not a good combination for the opposition.
And I bet their paperwork is pristine.
St. John’s Christian Academy will find out in the first five minutes how their fortunes may fare this fall. The defending Lower State Champions lost literally everybody over the summer through graduation, transfers, and other sports faster than you can scream “ICEBERG AHEAD!”
With new coach Matt Gilbert, the Cavaliers are starting over at Square One and learning the game on the fly. By their first home game on Sept. 20, these Cavs will be battle tested and on the way back.
Be patient, Cavs’ fans. It only gets better from here.
Timberland sent notice that the “reload legend” has merit with an 18-13 win over Manning.
The Wolves are known for two things, scoring early and often, which they did, twice in the game’s first eight minutes, and playing a strong second half because of conditioning.
Timberland may be young and inexperienced, but they will always hit the field in shape.
Their defense stood up in the fourth quarter and won the game when the offense stalled in the second half.
Coach Art Craig said this was the first time his team had faced adversity all summer and was proud of the way they handled it.
Finally, Cross found out defending a state championship might be harder than winning one the first time in a 28-20 loss to Kingstree. Coach Shaun Wright said his team is a work in progress and his Trojans need more than three All-State backs to win.
Football is played with 11 men and he needs to find four or five and teach them how to block. They’ll be back on Friday and the Trojans will come ready. They have a lot to prove.
Besides, no championship is ever won in August.