Tuesday, October 28, 2008.
Two teams with 9 wins each, but only one can be region champion. It doesn't get much better than this.
"It's great for the communities," said Williston-Elko head coach Dwayne Garrick. "Coach Berry and I go a long ways back. I coached at Blackville under him for three years and it's just one of these games that's going to be fun."
And this year's game is fueled by both team's amazing 9-0 starts, something both coaches didn't see coming.
"We're pleased with where we're at but you're never satisfied," said Blackville-Hilda head coach David Berry. "The kids have done well. They've played well. Probably exceeded some of our expectations."
"I don't know if anyone expects to be 9-0 at this point," says Garrick. "The kids worked hard though and we knew we had the chance to be pretty good. 9-0 is probably a little bit better than we thought but we're glad we're here"
Last season, Blackville-Hilda won the state championship but it was Williston-Elko that won the season finale...no doubt giving the Fighting Hawks a feeling of wanting revenge
"They beat us and even though we won the state championship, it just feels a little strange losing to a team in the region," said Blackville-Hilda senior Quentin Johnson.
Both teams have a great running attack that cancel each other out. Joe Thomas for the Hawks. Josh Epps for the Devils. So what's the key to victory in this year's game?
"Just keep playing like we've been playing," said Epps." We've been playing pretty good all year so just keep up the hard work. That's all we gotta do."
"We're going to have to stay focused," said Johsnon. "Going to have to keep our heads in the game and not look at what's going on in the stands and the fans and just play our game"
And it will all get settled on Halloween night, fittingly, at the Devils Den.