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It was of their biggest wins in recent memory. I'm referring to Briarwood Academy's thrilling upset 34-12 victory over Bethesda Day School of Savannah last Friday night at Briarwood.

I have always thought that if you believe in yourself, then you can accomplish the impossible. The same, I believe, holds true in team sports. The Buccaneers were perfect examples.

I doubt seriously that many people even gave the Bucs a remote chance of defeating the Blazers. But that's just what Briarwood did. I actually spoke to Briarwood Head Coach John Osborne last Monday and told him before I left from interviewing him about the upcoming game against Bethesda that I was predicting an upset win. I remember him looking back at me, smiling and saying, "'I hope you're right."'

It wasn't a fluke. I have covered the Buccaneers all season and have seen that with each passing game, the team has steadily been making progress.

Last Friday night, the Bucs matured and showed exactly what they are capable of doing against teams that many don't give them much of a chance of beating. Bethesda was such a team.

I couldn't have been assigned to cover a more emotional game than the one between Briarwood and Bethesda or one with as much sportsmanship as was exhibited in that game. The game was one of those tough, hard-hitting contests between two teams. When the game ended, the battle that had been fought between them stayed as a mere memory in the minds of the players.

Sportsmanship, at his finest, then took over.

I was so proud of the players from both sides. It was a great eye-opening example of just what true sportsmanship is all about. It was a true testament of player pride, as well as Christianity being shown at its highest level among two Georgia prep football teams.

As much as it bothers me to admit it, such is a rare sight these days in sports. I'll never forget seeing football players from the Bethesda team embracing and extending congratulations to Briarwood players on their win.

Forget that all were not of the same color - skin tone or school tone. The show of sportsmanship had nothing to do with the color of their faces or on their backs. It had a lot to do with who these boys are and what character they possess at such an early age in life.

It was added to when Bethesda players and coaches invited Briarwood players and coaches to join their circle and to give thanks to God for allowing them to play each other and exhibit themselves in a way that was pleasing to Him. Leading the prayer was Bethesda quarterback Ke'Rell Dudley.

I was very impressed. It renewed my spirit!

I only hope and pray that what others saw on and off the field of play that night will lead to us all being better people and more sportsmanlike in our everyday walks in life - be it work or play.

Web posted on Thursday, October 02, 2008

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