When: Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hugh Mills Stadium, Albany
2011 records: Crisp County is 4-2 overall, 2-0 in GHSA Region 1-AAA. Westover is 3-3 overall, 1-1 in GHSA Region 1-AAA.
Last week: Crisp County defeated Americus-Sumter, 8-7. Westover had a bye.
All-time series record: Crisp County leads 16-5
First meeting: Westover 13, Crisp County 8 (1970)
Last meeting: Crisp County 14, Westover 3 (2010)
The Crisp County Cougars and Westover Patriots will meet for the 22nd time in yet another critical Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Region 1-AAA contest at Hugh Mills Stadium on Friday night.
The teams met six times during the 1970s, with the Cougars winning four of the six match-ups. Crisp County won the games played in 1971, 1974, 1978, and 1979, while Westover emerged victorious in 1970 and 1975. The series went dormant during the 1980s, with the next game not being played until 1990, when the Cougars crushed the Patriots, 34-8.
Since 1990, there have been another six seasons where the Westover-Crisp County series has not been played, with no games played in 1996 or 1997, or from 2000-2003.
Since the series resumed in 2004, the Cougars have had the upper hand in it, winning six of the last seven games, including the last three contests. The Patriots lone win in that span come in 2007, when they downed the Cougars, 31-20.
Over the years, Crisp County has won eight region championships, five of them as a member of GHSA Region 3-AAA during the 1980s, as well as their most recent crown in 1995, when the Cougars won the Region 2-AAA title en route to advancing to the state semifinals in the Georgia Dome, losing to eventual state runner-up Cedar Shoals, 27-24, in overtime. Ironically, the 1995 campaign would be last double-digit win season for the Crisp County program, as the Cougars finished it 12-2 under then head coach Clay Hill.
Last week, Crisp County moved into a tie for first place in GHSA Region 1-AAA with an 8-7 win over Americus-Sumter at home, while Westover used its bye week to re-group after losing to Worth County, 23-18, on Sept. 29.
With the last six meetings decided by 11 points or less, the team that makes the big plays when they need to, as well as the fewest mistakes, will likely win this week’s match-up. With Crisp County and Cairo currently sitting at 2-0 in region play, followed by Americus-Sumter at 2-1, Westover at 1-1, Monroe and Worth County, and Dougherty at 0-3, the Crisp-Westover matchup could go a long way towards not only deciding which team wins a region title, and also which teams will punch a ticket to the state playoffs deep into November.
Source: Georgia High School Football Historians Association (www.ghsfha.org)