Numbers game

Statistics may not be as important to football as they are to, say, baseball, but that doesn't mean there aren't any impressive accomplishments.

 

666: Burke County’s point total

On their run to the Class AAA state title, the Bears scored 666 points for a 44.4 average. It was the third-best season total in state history and just 17 away from setting the record. But that team had two dynamic quarterbacks, speedy ball carriers and an imposing offensive line. Donquell Green will now handle QB duties himself with Corey Mayton’s high school career finished, but don’t expect Burke County to approach its previous total. The Bears’ offense will be potent, but it won’t be perfect.

 

9: Aquinas’ victory total

It was a memorable year for the Irish, who won the most games in school history, hosted and won a state playoff game for the first time and advanced all the way to the quarterfinals. Whew. Good luck topping all that. However, Aquinas won’t be starting over as Matt LeZotte enters his fifth year as the head coach. The Irish have every right to dream of another 9-win season or more.

 

2,704: Vinny Miller’s rushing yards … in one season

It’s not fair to expect someone to duplicate that mark. Heck, Miller himself probably couldn’t get there again; that’s how ridiculous his 14-game season was. As a comparison, Barry Sanders rushed for 2,628 yards (including the bowl game) in 12 games in 1988 for Oklahoma State and won the Heisman trophy in one of the best individual seasons ever. Back to the high school game, North Augusta’s ground game won’t be as dominant as it was when it had Miller making defenders look silly, but the line should create spaces.

 

17-58: Thomson’s two-game deficit against Burke County

The Bulldogs’ two losses came in region championship games in 2010 and 2011, but this year’s meeting is instead in the season opener. This contest won’t decide who gets a No. 1 seed, but it will make clear if either is a state title contender. Remember, the Bears have moved up to Class AAAA while Thomson remained in AAA after reclassification. A Thomson win this year would also mean Burke County’s home winning streak ends at 16 games.

 

12: Consecutive non-losing seasons for Laney

The Wildcats are very proud of this run, which means Laney has been .500 or better every year starting with 2000. Last year’s 8-4 record and state playoff win were earned for the first time under the leadership of coach Lemuel Lackey, who’s proven to be a consistent winner. There’s no doubt the Wildcats should up their streak to 13 years in a row, even with the loss of QB Leo Myers.

 

-Wayne

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