For Bladen teams, a lot of football remains to be played –


By Sonny Jones

There is always excitement at the opening of a season. Everyone is undefeated. Everyone believes their team can compete for a championship.

Then the first game is played and this unbeaten season goes like this.

South Columbus and Wallace-Rose Hill hosted the West Bladen and East Bladen Football Teams season opener last week. South Columbus spotted a Knights touchdown before scoring the next 34 points in a 34-13 win at The Castle. Wallace-Rose Hill broke a tie at 7 in the second quarter with 54 unanswered points for a 61-7 triumph over the Eagles.

It wasn’t the start Bladen’s team wanted, but there are still nine games left in the regular season and a few more weeks before the start of Southeastern Athletic Conference games. It will be interesting to see how the Knights and Eagles react to these losses.

West Bladen, who showed solid defensive play in two scrums, couldn’t stop South Columbus speedsters Demonta Gore and Domnick Johnson from rounding the corner. Each scored twice and each scored on runs over 50 yards. The Stallions had 418 rushing yards.

“First game, we’re still relatively young,” West Bladen coach Stanley Williams said. “We don’t have a lot of old people. We are waiting for better days.

“We know that defense is our strength. When the offense doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, we always have to hold our heads up high. We created two turnovers. We are well.

The Knights are scheduled to play West Columbus on Friday. The Vikings shut out Union 55-0 in their opener. It was Union’s first game since the 2020 spring season. The school did not field a team in 2021.

For East Bladen, the game against defending champions 2-A East went like the opener of last season. Wallace-Rose Hill defeated the Eagles 62-16 in the 2021 season opener at Elizabethtown. On Friday, East Bladen lost four fumbles and recovered a pass interception for a touchdown.

East Bladen is scheduled to play South Columbus on Friday. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles defense can contain the outside speed of the Stallion runners.

While the first week of play didn’t go as desired for Bladen’s teams, it’s time to move on to week two and monitor progress.

There is still a lot of football to play.


Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings on July 27 against the New York Yankees. Less than a month later, he’s back on the mound for the Mets against the Bronx Bombers who haven’t done much shelling this month. He may give up a run or two, but it will be enough for another Mets victory.

SUNDAY CHOICES: Scottie Scheffler trails by 2 strokes after round three of the BMW PGA Championship. He didn’t shoot below 67, but that changes in the final round. Let’s go with a 66 and a win from behind. RESULTS: Scheffler started his inning with a bogey, ended it with a bogey, and finished with a 70. He finished tied for third with Xander Schauffele at 11 under, three strokes behind winner Patrick Cantley.


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NFL PRE-SEASON: Atlanta at NY Jets, 8 p.m., ESPN

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