The Superintendent was making all the hotel arrangements and the plan is pretty sweet, even if you ask me about it, as they look to come to town a day early. But there were two other questions that needed answers as they prep to head north -- answers unknown at press time. Irwin County was trying to figure out a way to bring what we call at GPB “the platform” that you’ve seen Buddy and his daughter, Kenley, in this last half of the season with them. They’re also trying to see if Buddy can bring his golf cart as a part of his transportation in and around the building.
Looking back, and talking with Defensive Coordinator/Interim Head coach Casey Soliday on media day, Irwin County has done some tremendous things this season on the field. One of them off the top of my head (with a big thanks to Steve Carter as my information guy this season down there) is that the Irwin County defense has outscored their opponents 62 to 56. And, if you haven’t seen Gabriel Benyard’s interception and return for a score from last week, you’ll get to look at it on our “Countdown to Kickoff” show on the GPB Sports Facebook page.
It’s a great effort on multiple fronts.
But getting past Clinch is the “first” big step in getting over the hump, Soliday admits. Now, if they could find a way to win the last game of the year and win a title for the school for the first time since 1975, it would mean volumes. With what has happened to the Nobles family, the Benyard family, and every family attached to the Irwin program they want to win a title for multiple people and multiple reasons.
They know that after playing “in a phone booth” the last two games (basically navigating play from tackle to tackle on offense and defense), Soliday says, they’ll be challenged on the perimeter by the Eagles. Study Hall will be interesting. It will be intense for both schools.