Ask Silver Bluff coach Al Lown about his quarterback situation. It's like taking a trip in time.
"It's the same thing I said earlier this summer," Lown said. "I just don't know. Neither of the guys have done anything good enough or bad enough to make up my mind about who plays quarterback."
Promising junior Myron Gary and sophomore Demetrius Washington are still duking it out. Both bring certain intangibles to the spot. They are alternating taking snaps at practice as the team opens the season with Denmark-Olar on Friday.
Gary gets the start. Washington will start at defensive back.
Both will play and play often.
"This is a job that is going to have to be won on the field," Lown said. "These young men are that close."
According to Lown, the Bulldogs will face a test against Denmark-Olar for the first time in 20 years. It carries a roster with 12 players over 250 pounds.
"I'm curious to see how this team measures up on Friday when we get hit in the mouth," Lown said. "Things are going to go wrong for us on Friday. I want to see how our team handles it when adversity rocks us a bit right underneath our chin because that's football."
The Bulldogs will also use the time to focus in on their defense.
"We've made a lot of improvement on defense from last season," Lown said. "I want to see how we look over there."
HIGH-FLYING HAWKS: Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry was glad to get out of Friday night's win against rival Williston-Elko without any major injuries. On a hot night, each team had several players who played both ways.
Health-wise, Blackville-Hilda came out OK. A few Blue Devils suffered cramps, and starting quarterback Klayton Kennedy went to the sideline late in the third quarter.
Paris Mason, making his debut as head coach at Williston-Elko, said Kennedy strained a muscle in his shoulder. It is a nagging injury that Kennedy re aggravated, but Mason said, "He'll be OK."
Blackville-Hilda (1-0) running backs Tharry Salley and Marcus Allen are regarded as one of the best running back tandems in the area. Salley, a linebacker, and Allen, a defensive back, shined at defense in the opener.
With Blackville-Hilda up 28-0 at the break, Salley made several crushing hits on Williston-Elko star running back Rafael Bush.
Allen provided excellent coverage on the few times Williston-Elko (0-1) tried to test Blackville-Hilda's pass defense.
ONE MISSTEP: South Aiken's demise on the road to West Florence was tough to stomach.
The Thoroughbreds lost 7-0 to the 2003 state runner-up. West Florence blocked a South Aiken punt from the back of the end zone and recovered the deflection on the goal line on the fourth play of the game.
Aside from that, South Aiken (0-1) allowed just four first downs. The team managed 170 yards of total offense and allowed just 74.
"They hurt us with speed," South Aiken coach Dan Pippin said. "We were also a little behind offensively like most teams at the start of the year. We could move the ball. We just couldn't get those 10, 12-play drives in crunch time like we need to be successful."
South Aiken plays host to Midland Valley (1-0) on Friday.
"Midland look as good and as fast as West Florence," Pippin said.
Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.