AND THEN THERE WAS NONE:
After the hype and the hoopla comes the game.
And it was a big game, played in Greensboro and showcasing two rural, Class A teams sporting matching 10-1 records, West Gadsden and Blountstown. And while much matched up about the two teams, it was the one differential that affected the game the most - Blountstown had lots of playoff experience compared to West Gadsden. The
Tigers capitalized hard and fast, scoring 14 points in the first two minutes, and going on to a 43-7 victory. The Panthers’ dream season ended with the best record in school history and much of which to be proud.
With only three seniors exiting, a core of talented players and a hard-working coach like Joey Striplin returning, the 2017 team should be able to capitalize on the playoff experience from 2016 and advance even further.
Hanging on to advance to regional finals in the playoffs are local teams Rickards (5A) and Madison County (1A).
BUSY AT BASKETBALL:
With the football door closed, the basketball double doors can swing wide for our girls’ and boys’ teams.
The East Gadsden Lady Jags, coming off a 63-46 loss to FAMU last week, will face Leon on Tuesday while the Jaguars boys’ team will play in the Mosely Thanksgiving Classic in Panama City. They are scheduled to face Rutherford and Walton. The Jaguars dropped both preseason games last week, losing to Chiles 65-63 and Godby 72-44.
The Lady Panthers picked up a 48-44 win over Chiles last week. The boys’ team lost to Godby last week in a preseason game, 60-29. They will host state runner-up PK Yonge from Gainesville this week. Nothing like jumping into the deep side early!
The Lady Cats lost three games last week to Grace, Wewahitchka and John Paul II. The Bobcats played in a preseason tournament over the weekend and lost to host Aucilla Christian and John Paul II. Both teams are off this week and will not play again until the 28th.
Taylor County upended the Lady Lion 59-38 last week but they are off this week. The boys’ team has yet to play and will open their season after Thanksgiving at Brookwood with the Lady Lion.
THE OTHER FOOTBALL:
Winter soccer is underway and there are two county schools playing both boys’ and girls’ soccer. East Gadsden, a program that has enjoyed success under head coach Doug Stephens, is currently 2-1 on the season. They defeated Malone 2-0 and Taylor County 8-2. They lost to Florida High 7-0. The girls, coached by Doug’s son, Gabe Stephens, lost to Taylor County 6-0.
The West Gadsden boys’ team is off to a pretty good start as well. Head coach Eric Touissant and his kicking Panthers are 2-2 with wins over Community Christian and John Paul II and losses to Maclay and Port St. Joe. The girls’ team is 0-3 with losses to Maclay, Port St. Joe and John Paul II.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler has been gone 10 years. Here is a quote from his book, “Bo’s Lasting Lessons:”
“If you do not like people, you will not take the time to get to know them, and if you don’t take the time to get to know them, you will have no idea what scares them, what inspires them, what motivates them.”