But, get this… region play in the “Region of Doom” takes off this week in Region 2-A. Clinch gets to start off with the best two teams, arguably, in the region with Irwin County and Wilcox County on the first two weeks of the schedule. Clinch is in a tough road stretch going to Brooks, Dooly, and wrapping that up with the trip to Ocilla Friday night.
Obviously, our talk turned to Buddy Nobles, the veteran Irwin County coach who has been diagnosed with cancer, and what comes to mind.
“We coaches go to clinics when we can, and we wound up at an FCA family-oriented thing with our husbands and wives,” Tison remembers. “We had beaten them after the state title game that year, I think it’s 2017. We all sat together: he and his wife, me and mine, and his two sons were there. It was good to sit down and get to know him as a person for that time.
“When I found out this week that he can’t be at practice and can’t make the game, obviously, you think about his wife and kids and how hard that is. Football takes a back seat. You know how much the football team means to him and him not being able to be there. It’s tough, but I know they’re going through a very difficult time.
“We’re all praying for them, and we’re going to wear a ‘Buddy Nobles’ sticker on our helmets for the rest of the season.
“Our heart pours out to them all. We just hope he gets better, gets back on his feet, and gets home.”
As we all do, Coach… as we all do.
Play it safe, everyone… I’ll see you soon!