Originally created 08/27/99

New school opens with JV games



Beside seven games on Cross Creek's inaugural football schedule are the letters "JV."

Those letters, standing for junior varsity, will comprise most of the school's football contests in 1999. But don't tell members of the team that just because the school is playing a lower-level schedule that this season doesn't mean anything.

Even though there won't be any postseason or championships this year, Richmond County's newest high school is brimming with excitement.

The biggest reason the school is playing a junior varsity schedule is that schools competing in the Georgia High School Association schedule games on two-year contracts on a home-and-away basis. This season happens to be the second year of the contract and Cross Creek was unable to find 10 teams to play a varsity schedule. The Razorbacks will play a region schedule next season and compete in Region 3-AAA.

But for this season, coach Al Young and his assistants will get time to work out the kinks with the freshman and sophomore classes.

"There's some young kids on this team that have some tremendous talent," Young said. "I think there's some kids that are going to develop into some pretty good football players, and over the next few years they'll be some players that you're going to hear about."

Cross Creek will play three varsity teams, Aquinas, Glascock County and Elloree, S.C. The Glascock and Elloree games will be at the school's new football stadium, which is located behind its Old Waynesboro Road campus.

"One of the biggest things (this year) is getting the kids to understand what we expect," Young said. "We expect to be a first-class program, expect to be winners and we expect to be known for our hard work. We have to teach those kind of principles. If we expect to be the very best, we have to work hard to make that happen."