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Raw Chatter

The first week of the 2010 high school football season is now history.

Two of the three schools we cover here at The McDuffie Mirror were victorious this past Friday night. They included the Thomson Bulldogs and Warren County Screaming Devils. Thomson upended the visiting Washington-Wilkes Tigers 35-0, while the Screaming Devils defeated Glascock County's Panthers 40-7.

Briarwood Academy, meanwhile, played very well considering they were a much smaller team than their opponents, Edmund Burke Academy. The Bucs ended up losing 7-0 in Waynesboro.

The second week of the season is Friday night.

If you don't support one of these schools, I encourage you to do so. In my opinion, there's nothing any better than watching high school student/athletes perform -- whether it's on the gridiron or some other sport.

It's special.

Also, if you're not already an active member of one of these schools' fine athletic booster clubs, I encourage you to join. It's an opportunity to serve the school of your choice in a volunteer capacity.

Remember, giving back is one of the greatest things any of us could ever do.

On another football note, I'm most pleased that this year's annual Friday Night Lights special section on high school football teams and individual player profiles turned out to be successful again.

As has been the case in previous years, it was another massive undertaking.

I spent a lot of hours interviewing and writing the stories for this year's special. Now that the finished product is out, I'm most pleased with the way it turned out. In fact, I believe it's the best one, yet!

I especially enjoyed writing about several star football players in our area. The players always seem to get fired up about such attention. I like being able to put them in the spotlight. There's something special about that all the way around -- for them and for me.

I'd really like to get some feedback from those of you who follow Thomson, Briarwood Academy and Warren County. I'd like to hear from you about what you thought about this year's Friday Night Lights special section.

If you have suggestions on how the special section could be done differently, please let me know about that, too.

Write a letter to the editor. I want to know that what we're doing here at The McDuffie Mirror is what you like. If you disagree with the kind of sports coverage we offer or the way we do things from a news story standpoint, share your opinions. After all, it's your community. You should have some say about certain things.

Web posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010

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