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Blue Devils One Game Away From Championship

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Monday, November 24, 2008.

After 3 months and 12 games, the high school football season is coming to an end for Williston-Elko. And they're right where they want to be: in the Class A State Championship.

It's been 9 years since the Blue Devils last appearance in the title game and 18 years since their last championship. But this year's squad is a good one. Averaging more than 40 points per game and giving up just around 10.

And they have just one loss on the season, and that's to rival Blackville-Hilda. And while losing is never fun, the Blue Devils now think that loss may be a blessing a disguise.

"I think one of the best things to happen to this football team was getting beat by Blackville," says W-E head coach Dwayne Garrick. "I think Blackville will tell you the same thing. It just gets you more focused after a loss. Your kids know they have to go out there and really perform to get better."

"It kind of kept us humble and level-headed. It just lets us know that everything is not gonna be easy," says senior Bruce Mead. "We've been playing some teams that have not been so good. So it brought us back to a level that everything is going to be that easy and we have to work for every win."

The Blue Devils will face Scott's Branch in the championship agme. it kicks off at 3pm from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC.


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