SYLVANIA — That the Screven County Gamecocks are rolling through their region should come as no surprise. Screven County notched a 9-1 regular season record last year to win the Region 4-AA championship, made it to the state quarterfinals and have brought back nearly everyone this season.
Over the last few weeks, it seems as if the Gamecocks’ biggest competition is achieving the challenges they set for themselves. The wins have come easily, but the Gamecocks have gone above and beyond, shutting out their last four opponents while scoring at least 35 points in each of those games.
Screven County hasn’t allowed an opponent to dent the scoreboard since September 1. The Gamecocks boast a nearly absurd 276-33 point differential and — due to playing a pair of teams from South Carolina to begin the season — still haven’t allowed a point to a team from Georgia.
“We tried to schedule tough in our non-region portion of the schedule,” Screven coach Ron Duncan said. “It hasn’t quite worked out. We got up big, early, against Bluffton and Wade Hampton. And then weather took out the Statesboro game.
“Right now, we’re trying to stay focused. We’ve played well so far, but there are a lot of goals still out there for us.”
The Gamecocks will look to put another win on their 6-0 record and remain atop the region standings when Josey (1-6, 0-4) comes to town tonight for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Kelly Memorial Stadium.
While the defense has made life easy for the Gamecocks, the offense hasn’t needed many favors.
Playing mostly just one half of each game due to lopsided scores, the Gamecocks have still put up plenty of gaudy numbers. Dual-threat quarterback Armani Bunbury has run and thrown his way to over 1,100 total yards and 16 touchdowns. South Carolina commit Tyquan Johnson has pulled in seven touchdown receptions. Kim Hunter and C.J. Wright have joined Bunbury to make the running game nearly unstoppable and the constant string of blowout wins has resulted in 11 different Gamecocks finding the end zone so far this season.
“We’re proud of the points we’ve scored and the defense we’ve played once we’ve taken guys out,” Duncan said. “We don’t play anyone just to keep a shutout. It’s brought the team together. Our starters really get behind the backups when they’re playing. Some of the biggest celebrations we’ve had this season have come when the backups have made a big play.”
If all goes according to script against the Eagles — who haven’t won since opening night at Groves — it could be another short night for the starters. But the Gamecocks aren’t assuming anything as Jefferson County is still keeping pace in the region standings and will likely test Screven for the region title in the regular season finale.