Maybe it’s just coincidence. Maybe something else is at work.
Whatever the case, Bryan County High School and Richmond Hill High School both have a similar opportunity Friday night when they take the field.
Both programs have the chance to make, or at least equal, history.
The Redskins (7-2, 6-2) can tie their best ever regular season mark of 8-2 set in 1991 with a win Friday over Bacon County. The Wildcats, who set a program record best of 8-2 last season, are currently 8-1 and facing Windsor Forest in the regular season finale.
A record of 9-1 would be best ever for the Wildcats (8-1, 5-1), who have an overall mark of 89-177-2 since 1986 and a winning percentage of .336, according to the Georgia High School — online treasure trove of information about prep football in the state.
Bryan County’s all time record is similar: The Redskins are 106-270-3 since 1976, a winning percentage of .284.
Though the two programs are in different classifications — fast-growing RHHS competes in AAAAA and could find itself in AAAAAA when schools are reclassified next year, while BCHS is now in AA — they share some similarities beyond being in the same county.
Both can track their current success to 2010 when new coaches were brought on board — Lyman Guy at RHHS and Mark Wilson at BCHS.
Both coaches had losing records in their first season at their respective schools, but in their second year Guy and Wilson both posted 6-4 marks and narrowly missing the playoffs.
And though BCHS stumbled in 2012, the Wildcats went on to finish third in 3-AAAA and make their first trip to the postseason since Billy McGrath’s 1996 team went 9-4 and advanced all the way to the Class AA quarterfinals.
Now, while the Wildcats are set to host their first playoff game since 1996, Bryan County is on the doorstep of its first trip to the playoffs since former coach Ron Lewis’ 2007 squad finished 5-5 and made the postseason in Class A.
Read the full story in Nov. 6 issue of the Bryan County News.