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One game too small a sample size to judge teams

Rising Costs

Posted: September 2, 2012 - 12:09am
Photo by Jim Blaylock Scott Rouch, sports reporter for the Columbia County News-Times. Feb. 2, 2012  JIM BLAYLOCK
JIM BLAYLOCK
Photo by Jim Blaylock Scott Rouch, sports reporter for the Columbia County News-Times. Feb. 2, 2012

By now, every county high school has played one football game, and in the case of Augusta Christian, two.

It is way too early to come to a concrete opinion based on just one performance, especially when it often takes that first game just to work the early-season jitters out.

There are things, however, you can look for as signs of the kind of a team you have.

I’ll use Greenbrier as an example.

While Cross Creek committed 10 penalties, the Wolfpack were flagged just three times. That tells me the team has a strong level of discipline. Needing to run out the clock at the end of the game, it did just that, rushing eight times to close the final 5:19. That tells me the team has stamina.

How well all that translates once Greenbrier starts playing Class AAAAA teams remains to be seen. First-year Wolfpack head coach Kevin Hunt wasn’t happy with everything, but after installing new offensive and defensive systems in the preseason, he should be happy with his week-one win and the direction his team is heading.

Rising Costs

Tuesday night the Columbia County School Board approved a measure that will allow schools to charge a standard fee ($2-$3) for tickets to scrimmages. Proceeds will pay officials and operating costs for those events

I know times and budgets are tough, and I write this as someone who flashes his press pass and walks into games free of charge – although I do help out at the concession stand. It makes me sad that it has come to this. It’s almost like having to pay to see an NFL preseason game. From being at the aforementioned Greenbrier game, I would bet that if ticket prices were raised by a quarter or 50 cents per game the needed revenue would be generated. Sad too that students will not be exempt from this fee.

What’s next? Paying for parking?

The olive branch

Augusta Prep is inviting its neighbors in the Springlakes community to attend the first-ever varsity football game under new lights at the school’s football field.

The game against Thomas Jefferson is Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Springlakes residents interested in complementary tickets can e-mail Preston Sparks, Augusta Prep communications director (and former News-Times news editor) with the number of tickets needed and their address. The tickets will be held by the name at Augusta Prep’s Flowing Wells Road entrance and may be picked up the night of the game.

The lights and a new scoreboard were installed after an agreement was reached between the school and the nearby community.

Trouble Already

Lakeside alum and Georgia State freshman Mark Weidenaar was dismissed from the school’s football team on Wednesday for “violation of team rules,” according to Allison George, Georgia State associate athletic director of communications. The school declined to comment further on the matter.

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