Teacher vs. pupil: Part IV.
For the fourth straight year since Ed Pilcher bolted Thomas County Central for Bainbridge, the veteran coach will match wits with his former offensive coordinator, Central head coach Bill Shaver. The head-to-head record has Shaver ahead 3-0.
"I told the kids I want to make sure we keep that streak alive," Shaver said. "We have won all three games. The first two were really close. Last year, we had their number pretty good. The score was a little bit closer than the game indicated.
"It's going to be a hard-hitting game. There's no secrets between us."
The Yellow Jackets will try to win their seventh straight over the Bearcats tonight in the regular season finale for both teams at Centennial Field. A win for either team would capture the No. 3 seed in next week's playoffs.
As was the case in the previous three meetings, tonight's showdown will carry extra significance for the two head coaches.
"It's never fun playing against coach Pilcher. Coach Pilcher and Leonard (Guyton) are some of the best friends I have," said Shaver, referring to Guyton, a former Central quarterback and assistant coach, who coaches offense for the Bearcats. "It's really not all that fun playing against your best friends. You always wish them well but, now, all of a sudden, you have to turn around and play them. Of course, we know each other so well. There's not going to be a whole lot of secrets. We have to be careful how we're checking off plays and checking off defenses and all that kind of stuff. Both teams are very similar in what they do.
"It's never really a fun game. I guess it's gotten a little easier as the years have gone on, not easy by any means as far as the feeling you have playing the game. The first one was the worst one because it was the first time I had to coach against coach Pilcher after all those years of him giving me the opportunity to coach here and learn from him. That was a tough one. It gets a little easier as you go along. If I had my druthers, I'd wish it'd never happen."
For full details, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.