When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Webb Stadium, Albany
On Air: WEGC (107.7 FM)
Records: Both teams are 8-0 overall, 6-0 in GISA Region 1-AAA
Last Week: Deerfield-Windsor defeated Tiftarea, 31-3. Westfield defeated Bethesda Day, 48-0.
All-time series record: Series tied at 13-13.
First meeting: Deerfield-Windsor 22, Westfield 6 (1973)
Last meeting: Deerfield-Windsor 27, Westfield 7 (2009)
The game that many fans, supporters, and students at Deerfield-Windsor have been waiting for all season, is closer to becoming reality, as the Knights play host to the Westfield School Hornets from Perry, Ga., on Friday.
The rivalry between the Knights and Hornets has become one of the fiercest in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) over the years, as both teams have won 13 games apiece against each other over 37 seasons. However, the Knights have had the upper hand over the Hornets in the last five meetings dating back to 2006, winning five straight contests. That streak includes two narrow wins by Deerfield over Westfield in 2008, 6-3 in the regular season meeting, followed a 17-12 triumph for the Knights’ second GISA Class AAA state championship.
The Hornets’ last win over the Knights came in 2005, when they eliminated Deerfield 28-14 in the second round of the state playoffs. Aside from the two games in 2008, the Knights have won three of those five meetings by 14 or more points, including the 27-7 rout of the Hornets last year.
Both teams enter this showdown for the GISA Region 1-AAA championship not having been seriously challenged recently. Deerfield has outscored its opponents 269-53 in eight games, averaging 33.6 points per game in scoring, while allowing an average of 6.6 points a contest.
As for Westfield, the Hornets have outscored their opponents 261-66 in the games they’ve played in 2010. Unlike the Knights, though, the Hornets had several close calls earlier in the season, winning three of their first four games by 14 points or less. That included a narrow 28-21 win over Bulloch Academy on Sep. 21. The Knights’ smallest margin of victory came two weeks earlier, on Sept. 10. That was when Deerfield got by Bethesda Day 28-14.
The winner of this game will take home a region title and the No. 1 seed out of GISA 1-AAA, while the loser must settle for the runner-up spot, and the No. 2 seed going into the state playoffs in just over two weeks. Don’t be surprised if this contest comes down to its final play.