It's been a tough and bitter pill to swallow for players, coaches and fans at Briarwood Academy this football season.
The reason: Simple. The Buccaneers haven't yet won a game.
The team is hoping to turn it all around this Friday night after having had an open date last week.
Nathaniel Greene Academy pays a visit to the Briarwood field tomorrow night (Friday). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
No doubt about it, the Buccaneers' coaching staff is glad to have gotten this far down into their schedule because they no longer have to play GISA Class AA schools any more this season.
"It's a welcomed relief," Briarwood Academy head coach John Osborne said in a recent interview. "I'm so glad we don't have to play any more of those big schools."
The Buccaneers opened up their 2010 season against three back-to-back-to-back Class AA opponents in Edmund Burke Academy, Brentwood Academy and Piedmont Academy.
Unfortunately, the Spartans were the only team that the Buccaneers were able to actually play well against. It was a totally different outcome when they went up against Brentwood and Piedmont.
"It's real tough having to play those bigger schools," lamented coach Osborne. "I'm very glad that we can start concentrating on our region opponents now."
A week from this Friday, the Buccaneers will play host to the John Hancock Academy Rebels from neighboring Hancock County.
"I think we're going to do well from here on out, because we're going to be playing teams that are about our same size," said coach Osborne. "I think that's going to make a big difference."