First and foremost, Ashley Harden for coach of the year! The Butler field boss has these kids believing in themselves and feel they can win a bunch of games. Who would have thought they'd be 2-0 and having pitched two shutouts in the process! After seeing them play a couple of times last year, I knew it wasn't going to take long for them to get in the win column this year. Now hopefully the fans will come out and get behind a team that deserves everything they've worked for.
North Augusta is once again a fun team to watch and the best team in the area. Take note opponents, don't get quarterback Loranzo Hammonds mad. Dutch Fork found that out this past Friday as the fans were getting on him. So he responded with a 300 plus yard passing day and another 100 plus yards on the ground. He's on a very, very short list as the best players in the area.
Welcome back to the party Thomson. Before the season, the Bulldogs said they'd dedicate the year to Luther Welsh who's calling it quits after like a thousand years of coaching. Well, so far, so good. A last second win by a foreign exchange student kicker was the difference against Lakeside.
Speaking of the Panthers...talk about a tough schedule to start things off. Jarrett Troxler has stared with Glenn Hills, Thomson and now getting ready for North Augusta. The Spartans will be solid, the Bulldogs we know are good, and the Yellow Jackets, yea, see above. Having lost a key member to their team with an ACL injury, the Panthers are going to have to fight hard for every win they get.
Going to be a fun year with a lot to be decided and some great story lines developing. Be sure to check back each week for some thoughts and ideas, and feel free to leave your own!