By Walter L. Johnson II
Welcome to the 2010 debut edition of the “High School Football Game Of The Week”. Each week during the 2010 season, you’ll get a brief preview on the top prep game involving at least one team within the metro Albany area.
This Week – Sherwood Christian vs. Deerfield-Windsor
When: Friday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Webb Stadium on the campus of Deerfield-Windsor School
2009 records: Deerfield-Windsor (12-3, lost to George Walton, 42-24, in GISA Class AAA state championship game), Sherwood Christian (8-3, lost to Edmund Burke, 21-12, in GISA Class AA state quarterfinals)
All-time series record: Deerfield-Windsor leads 13-1
First meeting: Deerfield-Windsor 27, Sherwood Christian 0 (1994)
Last meeting: Deerfield-Windsor 50, Sherwood Christian 12 (2007)
Analysis: After a two-year hiatus, the Knights and Eagles will hook up once again on the football field. Only this time, they’ll play each other to open the 2010 season. D-W has dominated the series against SCA since the first meeting between the Albany area private schools in 1994. Sherwood’s only win in the series came in 1997, when the Eagles knocked off the Knights, 27-21.
The Knights are coming off back-to-back trips to the GISA Class AAA state championship game, winning the title in 2008, only to have a bid for a repeat derailed by George Walton in 2009. While they return plenty of talent from those teams of the last two seasons, Deerfield and head coach Allen Lowe must learn to adjust without having running back Tony Zenon in the line-up. Zenon is now at Georgia Tech entering his freshman season.
As for the Eagles, they enter their second season under head coach Reginald Mitchell, with a lot to prove in 2010 after winning their first-ever region title in SCA program history, the GISA Region 3-AA crown, as well as advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, losing to Edmund Burke, 21-12, on the Friday after Thanksgiving 2009. If that wasn’t enough, Sherwood must compete in a newly formed, but very strong region in GISA Region 1-AAA. It’s a mostly south Georgia-based league that stretches from Savannah to Albany, and includes middle Georgia schools such as Trinity Christian from Dublin, and Westfield out of Perry.
The rivalry between D-W and SCA has been mostly lopsided over the years, as only three of the 14 meetings between the two Albany area private schools have been decided by eight points or less. The Knights came out on top, 26-18, in 1996, then escaped with a 10-6 victory in the 2003 match-up.
Georgia High School Football Historians Association: www.ghsfha.org/
Georgia Independent School Association website: www.gisa-schools.org/