AMERICUS, Ga. - It wasn't the most romantic place for Charlie and Mary Jordan to be on the eve of their 45th wedding anniversary.
Charlie Jordan has been color commentator for the Washington-Wilkes Tigers on WXKT 100.1-FM for the past 17 years. He wouldn't have missed Saturday's Class AA state championship game for anything.
"I don't know (how much longer I'm going to continue to call games)," Jordan said before kickoff. "Not long, I guess. The good thing is that I always get a good seat. I always get good seats. I don't want to give it up."
Jordan and Tigers play-by-play announcer Jim Roberts don't miss many games. Jordan did miss the Tigers' 28-20 victory over Toombs County in the quarterfinals two weeks ago. He was celebrating his 70th birthday with a fishing trip in Vero Beach, Fla.
"I've got a 10¬-pound bass to prove it," Jordan said.
Entering Saturday night's Class AA state championship game, Americus hadn't won a state title since winning back-to-back titles in 1974 and 1975.
The 1975 team, which finished 14-0 and posted a state-record 13 shutouts, was honored before Saturday's matchup.
The only team to score on the 1975 squad was Dothan, Ala., which managed eight points.
Daccus Turman displayed his receiving ability late in the second quarter. On first-and-10 from the Americus 45, quarterback Keidric Hall hit Turman on a screen pass down the right sideline.
Turman hauled in the pass, dashed down the rain-soaked field and into the end zone.
The play, however, was called back because an ineligible man was downfield.
Americus junior wide receiver John Harris needed 33 yards in Saturday's game to break Stan Rome's 29-year-old single-season receiving record. With 48 seconds left in the second quarter, Harris caught a 9-yard pass from quarterback Robert Johnson to give him 37 yards in the first half.
Americus quarterback Robert Johnson is the younger brother of Georgia Southern wide receiver Chris Johnson. The older Johnson helped the Eagles to a 27-25 victory over Montana in the NCAA Division I-AA national championship game Saturday. ... Washington-Wilkes and Americus occupied the ball three times during the first quarter. That quarter lasted 33 minutes. ... Wilkes was its own worst enemy in the first half, getting flagged six times for 55 yards. ... Both teams had first-half touchdowns called back by penalties.
|The state's top 5 single-season rushers.|
1. Herschel Walker, Johnson County, 1979...............3,167 (15)
2. Daccus Turman, Washington-Wilkes, 2000..............3,032 (14)
3. Ben Logue, North Springs, 1981......................2,776 (14)
4. Darryl Ogletree, Greenville, 1980...................2,648 (15)
5. Brandon Andrews, Swainsboro, 2000...................2,622 (14)
Daccus Turman's season totals