The Thomson Bulldogs will need their fans at their encouraging best in The Pit at Glenn Hills High School tomorrow night. The high school season enters the home stretch and the race for the two playoff spots from Sub-region 3-AAA B looks like a crapshoot. Thomson needs this win in the worst way because Cross Creek has suddenly jumped to the forefront.
The Razorbacks surprised me and beat Washington County last week, which likely will give them a big shot of confidence as they face Butler and Glenn Hills before hosting Thomson on Nov. 2. Even though Washington County lost that sub-region opener and are 1-5 overall, you can never count the Hawks out. They could still run the table and end up in the playoffs.
Thomson can ill afford to go to Glenn Hills overlooking the Spartans just because they lost to Harlem 28-27 last week. There are too many scenarios still possible when you have six teams fighting for two playoff spots. Right now, Butler is the only one of those six teams that I think we can safely say will not qualify.
The reality is that Thomson could lose just one of its' remaining games and not make the state playoffs. Depending on who beats whom, the Bulldogs need to leave nothing to chance. They can't lose this week with Harlem, Cross Creek and Washington County still on the horizon. I have confidence in the Bulldogs but I am always wary of any game played in Richmond County. A win over Glenn Hills means Thomson will continue to control its own destiny.
An open date could not have come at a better time for the Georgia Bulldogs, and their fans. Georgia enjoys a day off with a record of 5-2. In their two losses to South Carolina and Tennessee the red and black Bulldogs played miserably. Many of their fans are saying the same thing about their wins.
The fact that Georgia has so many fans expecting perfection might be contributing to their woes. Yes, they have a young team, but so do other schools. I can't help but wonder if the team is feeling a lot of pressure. I mean they expect to get criticized when they lose by four touchdowns, but it happens to Georgia even when they win by four touchdowns (Ole Miss). Playing tight in football means the athletes don't turn it loose and have a good time, which results in spotty play. I don't expect perfection, but I like to see improvement.
My posterior has been glued to a car seat for three of the past four weekends. I got a grand total of 10 hours of sleep on the trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., but we did enjoy seeing a big win. I got more rest on the trip to Knoxville but lets face it, that Saturday afternoon was ugly if you are a Georgia fan.
This past weekend's trip to Nashville for the Vanderbilt game was marred by car trouble. I've been lucky over the years but bad luck finally caught up with me. Our old Ford didn't like climbing the hills just north of Chattanooga and I had to coax it to the Music City and back. On the return trip I-75 was packed as we entered Atlanta on Sunday. Sitting still with an idling engine didn't make the old Ford any happier.
As we sat in traffic Wesley reminded me that there are so many billions of people on earth. If he was trying to make me feel better he failed. I wondered why they had to all be on I-75 in Cobb County on the same day that I was.
Speaking of Wesley and his mother Pam, they are unwilling to travel cheap. When I go to the games with a buddy we settle for cheap hotels with only two towels and concrete slabs for mattresses. I never even think of wireless Internet service and luxurious bedding. Wesley and Pam insisted on staying in downtown Nashville instead of the suburbs. Cheap it wasn't!
One advantage was the ability to tune into the Thomson-Butler game on WTHO via this newspaper's website. While the other two went out gallivanting on Friday night, I stayed in the expensive room and listened to the game. Dennis and Ralph were coming in loud and clear. That was the cheapest fun I had.
This Saturday? I'll be in my easy chair watching SEC football on television from noon till midnight. I'll be demanding room service at dinner too. I deserve a break.