That gives me at least another day to conjure up ways to deflect the attention off me and my inadequacies and gain enough belief in myself and continue to, literally, show my face in the column before the reading and picking public.
If you read my weekly notes column, it’s likely you also check for the game of the week each Saturday as well. So, by now, you already know this past Friday’s matchup between No. 1 Leeds and No. 5 Clay County was quite the contest.
The Green Wave’s 3-0 win in overtime against the Panthers was a playoff game. It just happened to be played in September.
If the remainder of the season is going to be anything like that, I might plop down eight dollars even after I flash my press pass. I’m not worthy.
Now, let’s move on to the notes.
• LITTLE OUT: A week after the best game of his career, Jacksonville running back Cordero Little is out with an injury. Little rushed for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the Golden Eagles’ Week 2 win at home against Locust Fork to earn The Star’s Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week award. He sustained a knee injury Friday in a 42-14 loss on the road against Cleburne County.
Jacksonville coach Roland Houston said the injury won’t require surgery. Instead, the 6-foot, 195-pound Little will have to recover through rehab.
He’ll definitely be out Friday when Jacksonville (1-2, 1-1 Class 4A, Region 6) hosts Alexandria (0-3).
“It’s going to affect you anytime you lose a guy like him,” Houston said. “He was a big-play guy for us. It’s going to make us have to be more patient. That’s what it amounts to. He was a threat to score every time he touched it.”
• D-D-D-DEFENSE: Clay County’s defense has allowed just three points in three games this season. The Panthers opened the season with a pair of shutout victories, defeating Randolph County 18-0 then jumping on Beulah 46-0.
The Green Wave’s only score came on a 24-yard field goal from Keaton Glass in overtime.
And, you know, they kind of give you a 90-yard head start on field position after regulation.
Leeds had just three first downs and 50 yards of total offense, none of which came through the air, despite having all-state running back Dedrick Forsythe and Auburn commit Jonathan Rose at wide receiver.
“We play a base 50 defense, a 5-2, and we knew they had a lot of speed,” Clay County coach Kris Herron said of Leeds. “So, we didn’t want to confuse (his players) by making all kinds of adjustments. We just tried to keep it simple and let them play. We stress technique and watch a lot of tape after school and after practice. They’ll stay and watch tape.”
• COMING SOON: Are you ready for some volleyball? The Elite Eight state championships in Pelham won’t be played until late October. However, several of the top teams in the state will make their way to Calhoun County Saturday for the Donoho Classic. Seven ranked teams from three classifications will take to the court, including No. 1 Addison, No. 3 Donoho, No. 4 Kinston, No. 7 Holy Spirit, No. 9 Parkway Christian (Class 1A), No. 9 Isabella (2A) and No. 9 Saks (3A).
Nick Birdsong covers prep sports for The Star.