I spent the season's first Football Friday Night in Elbert County's Granite Bowl of all places. By the way, if Thomson ever plays in the Granite Bowl again, they've added aluminum benches to the visitors' side. Halleluyah! Sitting on those reject tombstones used to be tough.
My son-in-law (I'm still getting used to that), Josh Morey, coaches and teaches at Riverside Military Academy, who opened their season against the Blue Devils. It was a big trip for Pam and me. We were going to see our daughter Ashley for the first time in six weeks.
Never in Ashley's 25 years have we gone that long without seeing her. Of course in this day and age you can talk to your newly married daughter (I'm still getting used to that) on the phone or correspond by e-mail daily at little cost.
I must say that Ashley has quickly learned to play the role of the good coach's wife (I'm still getting used to that). She had a good teacher, her mother. Ashley rode from Gainesville to Elberton with the Riverside head coach's wife. When they arrived, she was helping Mrs. Sloan with her little ones. We gave Ashley a hug as the youngsters scurried about around our kneecaps.
The game itself was a bummer for Riverside as they lost 40-6. Elbert County was looking for revenge from last year's defeat. The Blue Devils were much quicker than Riverside and took advantage of several turnovers to put the game away late in the first half.
The most interesting aspect of the Riverside team is the list of hometowns of their players. Their starting quarterback is one of six Canadians playing for the Eagles. They also have a noseman from China. Aside from Georgia, represented are: Florida, Oklahoma, California, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Alabama and South Carolina.
Riverside's best player was a tough defensive end from Locust Grove, Ga. I wish he were from Dearing, or Boneville, or Thomson. He would look good in black and gold.
I will not be in The Brickyard Friday night for the Thomson/Washington-Wilkes game. I hate to miss it but logistics won't allow me to be in Thomson on Friday night and Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday afternoon.
Commercial flights, especially cheap ones, choose not to land in Stillwater. To get there, one can catch a flight to Tulsa, Oklahoma City or Wichita, Kan. I'll be headed to Wichita on Friday and get up early Saturday to drive two hours south to Stillwater.
Hopefully I can rent a car and not have to settle for a stagecoach. Georgia will be playing the Oklahoma State Cowboys so I might see some outlaws too. Marshall Matt Dillon and Deputy Festus Hagin should be patrolling the Kansas-Oklahoma border to keep Bulldogs safe. Just in case, I'll put a sign on the car, "No Strong Box On Board."