Props to the kicker
This year in high school football has proven to be a big year for kickers. Earlier this season, Presbyterian Christian’s Garrett Lunceford kicked the game-winner and only points in the game versus Sumrall. Against Pearl, sophomore kicker Nate Jones booted five PATs and a field goal to propel Petal over the Pirates in overtime.
Last Friday night, Jones once again became the hero, nailing the game-winning 35-yard field goal against Brandon. Jones went 3-of-3 on point-after attempts and 2-of-2 on field-goal attempts. It was what he said after that caught my attention.
“God's got this if it's His will. He gave me the abilities and I just have to perform.”
Jones showed much maturity in his answer in a moment that could easily give him the chance to solely brag on his ability. Props to you, Jones, and other kickers. Typically the attention kickers get from media is when they miss. It is good to give these athletes some positive attention. Keep it up.
A great birthday present
Yesterday was Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson’s birthday. The 51-year-old received a pretty great early birthday present from his Golden Eagles as they defeated North Texas 45-20, moving to 2-0 in conference play - the first time since 2016. His offense also piled up nearly 600 yards of offense.
The Golden Eagles won their seventh-straight home contest while snapping a three-game losing streak to the Mean Green. This was also Hopson’s first win against the Mean Green as Southern Miss head coach.
You have to think this nearly puts Southern Miss in the driver’s seat to win the C-USA West. A win against Louisiana Tech plants them in that seat. I said a few weeks ago this could be a great season for the Golden Eagles even if they did not beat Mississippi State. A trip to the C-USA Championship could certainly be in the future if Southern Miss keeps their offense hot.
Georgia sports...what happened…
The state of Georgia has had a rough week. In the past seven days, the (my) Cardinals brutally defeated the Braves, scoring 10 runs in one inning. It marked the first time in postseason history that a team scored 10 runs without hitting a home run. The 10 runs scored matched a postseason record for most runs in an inning.
It only got worse from there.
Georgia was defeated by an inferior opponent in South Carolina, as cult hero Rodrigo Blankenship missed two important field goals (there is the bad press) that cost Georgia the game and ultimately a likely shot at the playoffs. Ultimately it was not just Blankenship, but the entire Bulldog offense who let their fans down. Georgia Tech fared no better, falling to Duke 41-23 with a record of 1-5 on the season.
Yesterday, the Atlanta Falcons attempted to one-up everyone. My friend Tommy Holliday’s team fell to the Arizona Cardinals 34-33. Falcons legend Matt Bryant missed the PAT (sorry again, kickers) that would have tied the game with less than two minutes remaining. It is time for Atlanta to make some big changes to the coaching staff or get in the “tank for Tua” sweepstakes, even though Matt Ryan is not the issue.
Go get your brown bag, Georgia sports. You need to wear it this week.