Commerce star running back Monte Williams is out of tonight's second-round playoff game with Lincoln County. But don't think Red Devil coach Larry Campbell is taking the Tigers lightly.
"That No. 5 (Dustin Allen) at quarterback and that No. 4 at wide receiver are phenomenal athletes," Campbell said. "And they have an outstanding offensive line. We take our kids up to Commerce during the summer for their offensive line camp because they do such a good job. At Commerce, they say football is a way of life. It'll be an exciting game."
Williams broke his ankle in the Tigers' 28-27 victory over Lovett last week after rushing for more than 2,000 yards this season. Campbell says his team is preparing for Commerce as if the star tailback will play tonight.
Lincoln County had an opportunity to watch the Tigers last Friday night because Lincoln didn't play its first-round game until Saturday night. The Commerce coaches visited Lincolnton last Saturday for the Red Devils' victory over Temple.
"Not many times do we get to see our opponent play (the week before) and then they also get to see us play," Campbell said. "That's kind of a tough situation."
The contest will match two of the top quarterbacks in the state in Lincoln's Kenn Barnett and Commerce senior Allen.
With 313 all-time victories at Lincoln County, Campbell could move within a game of the late Wayman Creel for third place on the state's all-time win list. Former Mary Persons coach Dan Pitts (346) and former Dalton coach Bill Chappell (317) are first and second.
SPEED, SPEED AND MORE SPEED:
One thing that concerns Screven County coach Luther Welsh entering tonight's playoff game with Brooks County is the Trojans' speed.
Brooks was a state semifinalist last season and won the state championship four years ago while playing in Class A.
"It doesn't make a difference what classification they're in, those boys are good," Welsh said. "And they have speed. That guy at running back, George Childs, is a legitimate 4.4 (in the 40-yard dash). When he goes, he goes. There aren't many of those teams down there (in South Georgia) that have stopped him this year. Early County did somewhat, but he broke a long one on them."
The Gamecocks scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to top Jackson last week.
"Any win is a good win for us," Welsh said. "It was big because we didn't know if we could contain him (Jackson's Tavarus Morgan) at quarterback. But we were able to contain him. The thing that worries me the most this week about Brooks is their speed."
Richmond County has voids for two high school football head coaching jobs. The Richmond County Board of Education is accepting positions for a head football coach at Hephzibah and at Richmond County's new high school, Crosscreek, which opens next fall.
Hephzibah fired coach Ivory Hugee last week.