By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are some significant things that went down in Week 11.
Hancock Central superintendent speaks out. On Friday attorneys for Warren County Schools released text messages reportedly from former Warren County head football coach Marleau Blount, now an assistant on the staff at Hancock County, to some current Warren County players (read the story here). The messages, which have an aggressively adversarial tone, were sent the week of the Warren County-Hancock Central game (Oct. 14), after which a brawl broke out that sent current Warren County head coach David Daniels to the hospital with significant facial injuries that required surgery.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter. Prior to the release of the text messages, Hancock County Schools Superintendent Gwendolyn Jefferson Reeves commented on several aspects of the issue, which add some interesting context to the story . Additionally, Reeves said she will release more details from Hancock County’s perspective once the GBI has completed its investigation and plans to hold a community forum for Hancock County parents, residents and business leaders at 6 p.m., Nov. 3 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Sparta. The football team will be in attendance as well.
“I want to call our community together with our players so that we can share ideas on how something like this can never happen again,” Reeves said.
Here are several more comments from her:
On Daniels. “My heart aches for him and his family. Our hearts are heavy. We’re all devastated about what happened. Our team and our athletic director sent him a card. We wish him well and his family well in his recovery.”
On rumors that Warren County players had taunted Hancock Central players during Hancock Central’s loss at Washington-Wilkes on Oct. 7: “That did happen. [A Washington-Wilkes coach] emailed our principal and me, and apologized and then he complimented our players for the way they handled themselves. He said [Warren County players] were making derogatory remarks and taunting our players.”
On Carey’s assertion that her request to move the Warren County team buses to a place that would be safer for her players after the game was denied: “I asked my principal and athletic director and they said no, [Carey’s request] did not happen. They said no one came to them with that.”
On the results of the investigation: “I hope the truth comes out, and whoever is responsible according to the policies and rules we have in place in the student handbook will be held accountable. This absolutely goes for any adults as well. Absolutely.”
On Warren County players, parents and residents attending the community forum she plans to host next week in Sparta: “[Carey] has not responded to me, but if they would like to come and join us they are more than welcomed. I would love for [Carey] to come as well as a show of leadership and a willingness to heal.”
Top performers. Our Lady of Mercy running back/corner back Adam Rose turned in one of the season’s most dominating all-around performances in a 45-0 win for the Bobcats over Whitefield Academy. Rose scored five touchdowns, three rushing and two on interception returns of 45 and 50 yards. The rushing touchdowns were for 10, seven and 30 yards. Rose finished with 15 carries for 135 yards on the night. … Dooly County running back Mark Clark scored on touchdown runs of 92, 31 and three yards in a 41-0 win for the Bobcats over Pacelli. … Prince Avenue Christian running backs Rob Farriba and Bryce Huff paced a Wolverine running attack that rolled up 306 yards in a 29-14 win over Athens Christian. Farriba finished with 128 yards on 16 carries while Huff added 102 yards on 10 carries, including a 45-yard touchdown run. Hayden Lewis contributed 54 yards on 12 carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run. … Savannah Christian running back/defensive back Will Austin scored three different ways for the Raiders in a 45-0 win over Bryan County. Austin had a 68-yard touchdown run, a 30-yard interception return and a 36-yard punt return.
Five unbeatens. Five teams will go into next week’s regular-season finale undefeated: No. 1 Savannah Christian, No. 3 Lincoln County, No. 4 Wilcox County, No. 5 Marion County and No. 7 Prince Avenue.
Three-way tie for first in Region 3 West. Emanuel County Institute, Johnson County and Portal all have 5-1 marks on their side of subdivided Region 3, and are 1-1 against each other. ECI and Johnson County won their games convincingly on Friday, while Portal edged Treutlen, 20-14. A tiebreaker will be used to determine the seedings for next week’s region crossover games.