Inside the Swarm –
you get up, they will clap.” Reverend Kevin Dalton, in his pre-game
devotional prior to the
The players were all dressed up for the Dress for Success day of Homecoming week as they met in the chorus room for the pre-game devotional.
“I am proud of you today,” he began, “Classy. Classy. Classy. I
hope you listened to the Career Day speakers in the classroom. That young lady
who spoke about
At that point, trainer Doc Lipsey introduced his pastor, the Reverend
Ralph Brown from
“I’m glad to be here,” he began, “and I imagine you’re wondering if he’s gonna be boring or talk too long. I’ll be brief but, as you know, time doesn’t mean anything to a preacher.
“I want to talk to you about two things - about football and life. First, we need to focus on the basics of football – blocking, tackling etc. You have to major on fundamentals.
“In the 1961 football season, we beat Laurens, Newberry and
“I didn’t focus on the basics. When we don’t, we get in trouble. God has a basic requirement to be on His team: You have to have Jesus Christ as your savior. John 14:6, Acts 4:12 and John 10:10 all talk about this. I hope you’re on Christ’s team.
“The second thing is to always do your best. How many of you have seen the movie, ‘Facing the Giants’? It’s a great football movie with a great message. It stresses doing your best.
“Let me tell you a story about a country preacher who wanted to do his best but didn’t quite get it done.
“To make sure that he wouldn’t forget anything, he taped his notes and names of key scriptural people inside his coat and as he came to a point he would look inside his coat, find his note, and then make his sermon point. This went well until his notes got a little re-arranged inside his coat. As he was going to make the point that God said that David was a man after his own heart, he looked inside his coat for his notes and said, ‘And the man that God said was after His own heart was…was.. J. C. Penny.’
“Do your best in football. In the classroom. I hope that whatever you
do after school – college, work, the military – is what God wants you to do.
Plus, God wants us to be a great witness for Him so that those around us can see
how people live in accordance with God’s plan. I wish you well. Some
prognosticators are calling for a
With the offense. Offensive
line coach Bryan Robinson had been discussing the upcoming came with the line
prior to coach Maness arriving. “We’re better than you showed
Coach Dave Maness wrote the region standing on the board to show the team
where they were. “We can be 6-4 or 4-6,” he explained. “We talk a lot.
You’ve said a lot more than you’ve done. Would
you sign you as a college recruit? If you are ever going to do anything,
this is the time to do it. Batesburg-Leesville ended the season 3-7 and won the
Coach Rocky Cooper told the offense that there was nothing more to say. “Time for talk is over,” he continued. “Go get it.” Coach Dennis Cooper continued the theme of all the coaches when he said, “Any one can talk. Now its time to walk.”
In the gym. “Remember that feeling you had at the end of the second half last week,” said coach Lipsey. “You’ll remember this night, this year long after tonight. What will you remember? I want to see black and gold all over the ball. What are they gonna say after they leave Union County Stadium?”
At the half.
“They can’t slow us down,” said Lipsey. “Let’s have a better effort in
the second half. You have a great spirit.”
It’s over. “I am really proud of you,” began Lipsey. “You responded well. A sweet victory but don’t let it stop here.” An emotional coach Robinson gathered his offensive line around him and told them how proud he was of their play. “You listened to me and your play sparked the whole team. I just can’t tell you how proud of you I am.” A gem can not be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. Chinese proverb.
In addition to the highest score ever recorded at UC stadium, fans saw the first
offensive center to be credited with a reception on a two-point play. Illegal of
course but consistent with the officiating throughout the game…Kendrick
Brewton had a great night with a recovered fumble and an interception… “They
are really, really soft,” said Dwight Brannon to an agreeing Marcus Whitener,
early in the first quarter… there were several instances where the 25 second
clock ran out before Blue Ridge could snap the ball but the officials never saw
it (Do we need a very large clock?)…
“There’s too much talk,” said one Jacket at the half. “Just go out an do
it.”… Kelvin Hardy had emotional valley and peak experiences as he was
flagged for roughing the kicker (who was running, making him a ball carrier and
fair game) and then grabbed the game-ending interception... coach Maness bragged
on how wide receivers Kierre Smith, Jeremy Porter, and Tyler Funderburg ran
their routes and blocked, enabling Whitener and Brannon to break loose…
reportedly the game tape has been sent to the High School League for review
because of the deplorable officiating…according to former Jacket coach
Epilogue. Fall down seven, get up eight. Japanese saying.
continues. J. L Mann. Be there.
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