Harlem football coach shocked by record start

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Sept. 23, 2013 The year was 1981. It was a good time for Harlem High School football. It was the last time the Bulldogs opened the season with a 4-0 record.

On Friday, Harlem hit that mark again with its win over Social Circle. Now, the Bulldogs record books are going through a renovation.

According to the Georgia High School Football Historians, this is only the fourth time in school history Harlem has begun the year at 4-0.

More numbers to consider for success-- 17. A senior class of 17 players have paved the way.

"A lot of senior leadership this year. We haven't had that in a while. We just motivate our team to do better. It's about how we handle 4-0 and 3-0. We just keep pushing forward," running back Jordan Dorsey said.

"It's got my crowd believing they can win now. We've been the doormat for so long. Now, we believe we can win and I think that's going to pay dividends down the line," Bulldogs coach Jimmie Lewis said.

Coach Lewis says he's shocked by the fast start of his Bulldogs. This week will be a real barometer as region play begins with a home contest against Screven County.