Georgia High School Football Review: Week 5

Although there is a gas shortage affecting Georgia, there was no shortage of offense this weekend on the gridiron.  Several big games had high scores and lots of offense.   Here are just a few that caught my attention this weekend:

Clinch County 39, Irwin County 19 – In a rematch of last year’s Class A (Public) title game, the Panthers rallied from a 13-0 deficit led by Shannon Young’s three touchdowns and Trezman Marshall’s two touchdowns.

Northside Warner Robins 48, Ware County 7 – In their first meeting in the regular season, QB Tobias Oliver rushed for 200 yards and passed for 98 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles dominated the Gators.  This was the first win over Ware County for Northside since the 2007 state championship game.


Houston County 63, Warner Robins 28 – Jake Fromm continued his aerial assault on opposing defenses with 394 yards and six touchdowns in leading the Bears to a rout over their county rivals.  The Demons are now 0-4 and given up the most points since 2014 when they lost to Houston County 62-30.   In case you wondered, the most points Warner Robins has ever given up with 67 in 1966 when they lost to Lanier (Macon), 67-13.

Valdosta 56, Thomas County Central 39 – In one of the highest scoring games in the series, the Wildcats broke the game open on a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with five minutes left in the game.  The teams combined for 84 points in last year’s meeting (Valdosta 59-35).  Valdosta has now won 12 straight in the series.

Coffee 49, University Christian (Jacksonville, Florida) 21 – Junior defensive back/received Jarquavious Jefferson broken open a tight game with Coffee leading 21-14 in the second quarter when he returned a punt for a touchdown then on the next offensive series for University Christian, Jefferson intercepted a pass as the Trojans took a 28-14 lead into halftime.  Coffee coach Robbie Pruitt formerly coached University Christian before moving to Georgia.

Grayson 39, Deerfield Beach (Florida) 14 – In a battle of top ten-ranked teams in their respective states, #3 Grayson topped #8 Deerfield Beach as QB Chase Brice was 12-of-16 for 160 yards and three touchdowns.  

Villa Rica 41, Woodland (Cartersville) 0 – Villa Rica jumped out to an early 27-0 lead as RB Elijah Fluker had runs of 26 and 30 yards.   The defense held Woodland to 10 yards rushing in the first half.  
Top ranked teams:

  • 7A – Roswell (3-0)
  • 6A – Houston County (5-0)
  • 5A – Buford (2-1) although Stockbridge and Carrollton are undefeated.
  • 4A – Cartersville (4-0)
  • 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (3-1)
  • 2A – Fitzgerald (3-0)
  • 1A (Public) – Commerce (3-0)
  • 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (4-0)
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A Gas Leak In Alabama Causes This?


This weekend our area was hit with a sudden gas shortage when a pipeline in Alabama sprung a leak.  This problem caused panic for thousands of drivers in the Nashville area.  I was wondering how this could happen?   It was a sobering thought to realize what a delicate balance we have in our society when a leak in a pipeline could totally disrupt our lives.

According to oil refinery resources:

  • Oil from the Gulf of Mexico supplies mostly to the Midwest and part of the East Coast
  • Oil from foreign sources supply the majority of the East Coast
  • Oil from Alaska and Russia supply the West Coast
  • Canada and Mexico also supply oil that is spread throughout the U.S.

Oil comes from the source through pipelines, supertankers or barge.  For landlocked areas, the main sources are pipelines.  Once the crude oil is refined, the refineries ship the fuel to terminals and the most efficient way is using barges or pipelines.  Millions of gallons are pumped every day through pipelines.  Most pipelines are constructed above ground so they can be easily inspected.  Once the refined oil is in the pipeline, it moves constantly until it is pumped into a receiving tank at the terminal.  This is where the various companies buy the products and have trucks to transfer the product gasoline from the terminal to their retailers (i.e. gas stations).

There is some information available with maps of certain pipeline routes available to the public at the National Pipeline Mapping System site but details are not precise for national securities reasons.  As you can imagine, the publishing of exact locations would make us vulnerable to terrorists.

In our situation, it is clear that with Nashville being landlocked that pipelines are the source of transportation of our gasoline.  A section of the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York, has been closed since Sept. 9 after a spill of roughly 250,000 gallons was discovered in rural Shelby County, Alabama.  The major pipeline, one pipe of which has been severed, provides gasoline for an estimated 50 million people on the East Coast each day, according to company estimates.

Apparently, the Colonial Pipeline is one of the major pipelines we are dependent upon here in Tennessee as you can see on the map below:

Personally, this disruption is yet another wake-up call that we should continue to develop alternate methods of fuel but with the big money in oil production, the progress of alternative fuel methods are not being developed enough.  This system of fuel distribution seems to be too delicate.  This one leak has weakened the security of three states directly.  

Both our governor and mayor have released statements that we should not panic.  We are to continue our normal pattern of purchasing fuel.  They are a bit out of reality or clearly have not had to get their own gas.  It isn’t possible to get gas like normal when pumps are closed.  

Friday Flashback:  Continental Football League


Several leagues have been formed in hopes to become a developmental league for the National Football League (NFL).  One of the first leagues to do this was the Continental Football League (CFL) which was formed in 1965 with the merger of several regional minor leagues. In the beginning, teams were averaging nearly 15,000 per game.  The Norfolk Neptunes led the league and had a single-game record of 22,050 fans.  

The league lasted from 1965-1969.  In 1967, the league was troubled with instability as several teams moved or folded.  

During their existence, the league did stay true to their “continental” name with franchises in Canada (Montreal, Toronto) and Mexico (Monterrey) as well as teams spread throughout the United States.    The league had 22 teams during their five years of existence.  The most successful teams were the Norfolk Neptunes, Orlando Panthers, Charleston Rockets and Indianapolis Capitols.


The league was never able to become the “farm system” for the NFL-AFL.  With the eventual merger between them NFL and AFL, the league was not able to remain stable.  The Indianapolis Captiols tried to bid for the services of O.J. Simpson but there was little financial strength left for the league to survive.

Some of the league’s most notable players and coaches were:

  • Bill Walsh coached the San Jose Apaches in 1967.
  • Ken Stabler was the quarterback for the Spokane Shockers in 1968.
  • Coy Bacon played for the Charleston Rockets in 1965-67.
  • Otis Sistrunk played for the Norfolk Neptunes in 1969.
  • Sam Wyche played quarterback for the Wheeling Ironmen in 1966.
  • Kicker Garo Yepremian played for the Michigan Arrows in 1968.

Championship Game Results:

  • 1965 – Charleston Rockets 24, Toronto Rifles 7
  • 1966 – Philadelphia Bulldogs 10, Orlando Panthers 3 (ot)
  • 1967 – Orlando Panthers 38, Orange County Ramblers 14
  • 1968 – Orlando Panthers 51, Orange County Ramblers 10
  • 1969 – Indianapolis Capitols 44, San Antonio Toros 38 (ot)

In 1969 the Alabama Hawks played a pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons’ rookies and lost 55-0.

Team of the Week: Savannah Bananas


No, this isn’t a joke.  There really is a team named the Savannah Bananas.  The Bananas have just finished their first season in the Coastal Plains League (CPL) which is a summer league for college players.   The team was successful both on and off the field as they won the league championship and led the league in attendance.

The Savannah Bananas defeated the Peninsula Pilots 9-7 in Game Three of the Pettit Cup Championship to win the title.

The Bananas scored a run in the first inning and four in the second when Jameson Hannah and Rylan Bannon hit back-to-back home runs to give the Bananas a 5-0 lead.  The Pilots made a late run to cut the lead to 8-7 going into the ninth inning.  Savannah scored another run then held Peninsula scoreless to win the title.  

Savannah defeated Asheboro and Forest City in the playoffs.  In the championship final, the Bananas won the opening game 8-4 as Dungan Andy Clint Hardy led the Bananas with two hits and three RBIs each.  Catcher Adam Gauthier also added two hits in the game.  Savannah scored three runs in the fifth inning to break open the game.

The series shifted to Hampton, Virginia for game two as the Pilots tied up the series with a home run in the eighth inning by Kyle McPherson for a 4-3 win.

The Bananas replaced the Savannah Sand Gnats this season when the South Atlantic League team moved to Columbia, South Carolina.  The Bananas broke the league’s single-season attendance record with an average of 4,329 per game and 17 sell-outs.  

We Got Our Cat From A Cat Cult


Over a year ago we were looking for a cat to adopt.  After several years of moving around, we finally settled into our condo in Nashville and decided we could finally get a pet.  We decided that a cat would be a good fit since they aren’t as high maintenance as a dog.  

One day we visited a trailer from Eva’s Eden in the parking lot of a hardware store near Thompson Station, Tennessee.  We found “Rainbow” but left to see cats at other stores.  When my wife asked which one I liked better I went back to “Rainbow”.  We adopted and changed her name to “Disney”. 

It took some time to adjust to Disney.  She initially liked being up at night or getting up real early and wanting us to get up.  She also hates for any door to be closed.  We knew pets have different personalities but we were patient to let Disney get settled in her new environment and attributed her strange behavior to the story we were told about how she was found when she was taken by Eva’s Eden.  

Last weekend we saw this article in the Nashville Scene: Apocalypse Meow. We discovered that we had gotten our cat from a cat cult. 

The group is lead by a woman named Sheryl Ruthven.  Ruthven has created a religion combining spiritual practices from ancient Egypt mixed with extreme Pentecostal practices and a dash of new age beliefs.  One of her followers stated in the article that caring for the cats were both building up good karma by doing deeds and preparing for the end times in their interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. 

They are taught to believe that cats are supernatural beings each carrying one of the 144,000 souls that will come to the rescue of the believers when the tribulation arrives.  

Seriously?

I couldn’t believe that people would fall for this kind of crap but then I remembered someone being quoted that the best way to become rich is to create a religion.  Well, I don’t know if these people are rich but they have some followers.   People are so inclined to be drawn into to these cults when they are open to them or had a bad experience in a mainline religion.  

But cats?

Thankfully there are no reports that any of the cats were abused but I have to be honest and admit that I wonder if the cats went through some bizarre ritual.  Not that I think our cat is possessed or anything like that.  Although it could explain some of her behaviors if I really took this seriously.  

Cat cult?   Seriously?

Hmmmmm….why is she staring at me?

Georgia High School Football Review: Week 4

The rematch of last year’s state final between Roswell-Colquitt County was not much of a game as the Hornets dominated the Packers from the opening kickoff for a 34-3 win.  Colquitt County is now 0-4 for the first time since 1948.  The Packers now face Brookwood.  

Georgia commit QB Jake Frohm threw for 492 yards and seven touchdown passes for Houston County in their first meeting with Veterans at Freedom Field.  Freedom Field is the new home stadium for both teams.  Houston County won 58-27.

Glynn Academy had 395 yards rushing as they beat Camden County 56-7.   It was Glynn Academy’s first non-forfeited win since 1985.  The last time an opponent scored 50 points against Camden County was a 54-7 loss to Northside Warner Robins in the second round of the 1999 playoffs. 

Villa Rica opened region play with a big 17-7 win over  East Paulding 7.  It was only the second win for the Wildcats in the last six games against East Paulding.
Kell 33, Rome 30 – Connor Mendelson kicked a 23-yard field goal with 58 seconds remaining to lift fifth-ranked Kell, which had let a 30-7 third-quarter lead slip away, to a 33-30 victory over No. 8 Rome in the teams’ Region 7-AAAAA opener Friday in Marietta.


In a battle of the top teams in their classifications, Fitzgerald defeated Macon County in a shootout, 70-42. In addition to the combined 112 points scored, Fitzgerald edged out Macon County 581-509 in total yards.  The Purple Hurricanes scored the most points in a game since 1933.

Top Teams in each classification:

  • 7A – Roswell (3-0)
  • 6A – Houston County (4-0)
  • 5A – Buford (1-1).  Could we please get the Buford voter off the panel?  Thomas County Central is 4-0 and they are only 4th in the poll?  
  • 4A – Cartersville (3-0)
  • 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (2-1)
  • 2A – Fitzgerald (2-0)
  • 1A (Public) – Commerce (3-0)
  • 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (3-0)

Returning The Shopping Cart

What does integrity have to do with returning a shopping cart?

It’s just a little thing.  Nobody cares right?  

These are relatively small things, but it’s with these simple scenarios that we lay the foundation for how we behave in the bigger things in life. Ever heard, “How we do something is how we do everything”?  Probably not, but what about other things. Do we “fudge” the rules sometimes because of convenience?  Does it matter if it doesn’t hurt anyone?

C.S. Lewis said that “integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” 

People will park in a handicapped space without being handicapped.  Employees will arrive to work late or leave early without putting in their full day’s work or taking the right procedures for accounting of the lost time.  

This are not little things that don’t matter.  

Colossians 3:23 says:   “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”

This means doing the right thing regardless if your boss is watching or not. Be a person with integrity.  If someone caught you be caught doing good, not someone that looks for ways to break the rules. 

Just do what’s right.  

We’re not perfect and we will do the wrong thing or make a mistake but it’s not a mistake when we choose to do the wrong thing.  In a society where honesty and integrity are lacking, being a person of integrity is a goal we should all strive for.