For now, The Columbia County News-Times JV Football Cup will remain in the possession of Lakeside High School.
It isn’t because the Panthers were the best junior varsity football team in the county in 2012; they earned that distinction last year.
Instead, the Panthers temporarily will hold on to of the trophy while the teams that finished atop this year’s standings – Grovetown and Evans – debate the issue.
Both junior varsity squads finished the season with 5-1 records. The Warriors beat the Knights at home, 42-8, and the Knights turned around two weeks later and beat the Warriors 12-0.
County co-champions? Not so fast.
The powers that be at Evans seem amenable to the idea of the teams being called co-champions, but the Grovetown stance is that since the teams split but the Warriors outscored Evans, they should be hoisting the cup.
The Evans faction contends that while that distinction might hold true for varsity region play, no such proviso was ever included in the governance of county junior varsity football.
For now, it appears the Panthers will have an extension on displaying the award in their trophy case.