It was a strange feeling at Thursday’s meeting of the Laurens County Touchdown Club.
For the first time I can remember, it seemed as if I knew roughly as much about the opposition this week as the coaches whose teams were playing it.
Clinton found Calhoun County, of St. Matthews, a school that was willing to bus up to play in Wilder Stadium Friday night and doubtless as willing to play somebody – anybody! – as the Red Devils were. COVID sidelined Clinton last week and Swansea this week, and players gotta play!
Cory Fountain said he and his staff were using tablets (not aspirin) on the practice field to try to give the players some idea of what to expect, and they did it that way because they were watching the video as soon as it came in.
Pandemic: The Sequel is bringing back the manly art of playing both ways. Last week Laurens dressed out 30 of a normal 47 due to sickness, exposure, quarantine and such and such. To make an already told story short, the same Raiders were raiding both backfields. This week Laurens can’t play. Next week they’ll be ready again.
Laurens Academy played without head coach Todd Kirk last week. Kirk was back at the TD Club, seeming fit again. Times are tough at the school on a hill. They have to be for Kirk to miss a game.
The most knowledgeable authority on impending resistance was Presbyterian College’s Kevin Kelley, who loves nothing better than adjusting on the fly. Fort Lauderdale, of course, is a resort city in Florida into whose airport I have flown in and out. It is also the home of the University of Fort Lauderdale Eagles, who have not yet played a game, are coached by former NFL player Chris Chambers and began the athletics program in 2020.
The pandemic is all the Eagles have ever known.
This week’s picks are a lot easier than writing the above:
Calhoun County (1-1) at Clinton (2-0) – The Saints are a high-scoring Class A team that managed to lose in spite of scoring 50 points at Whale Branch, which is a branch of Beaufort. As Whale Branch scored 54, it seems likely that Clinton will also manage to penetrate the Saints’ defenses on occasion. Clinton by 29.
Laurens Academy (0-3) at Clarendon Hall (2-0) – Last week the Crusaders scored 17 points. That’s a measure of improvement. They’re going to give up a heap in Summerton. Clarendon Hall by 33.
Fort Lauderdale (0-0) at Presbyterian (1-0) – Admittedly, your honor, this evidence isn’t firsthand, but Kevin Kelley said (Eagles coach) Chris Chambers told him on the phone that PC would be facing better athletes when Fort Lauderdale (UFTL to its legions of fans) comes to Clinton. Other than that, your honor, I got nothing. So the Hose don’t hang a hundred. Presbyterian by 31.
Last week: 3-0. Season to date: 6-2.
Note: I’m not any better than anyone else at picking the outcome of ballgames, races, meets, matches and elections. My modest skill is that of a history major: I know what already happened. Prophecy wasn’t offered as a major. My advice is to read the above for amusement purposes only. For God’s sake, don’t lay a bet on what I think.