No. 1. You’re playing at Valdosta. That says “homefield advantage” like pretty much nowhere else in the world.
No. 2. You’re playing against a Wildcats team that looks like one from yesteryear’s dynasty.
So no matter how improved you are – and anybody who’s seen them play will attest to Houston County being very much improved – or how determined you are – see attest to, as this group of Bears is extremely determined – you are it’s still an extremely tough row to hoe.
Such was the case for the Bears Friday on the road and falling to the second-ranked team in Class AAAAAA, 52-20.
Really, it was attainable early. The Wildcats only led 3-0 after one, thanks to a 17-yard field goal. They added 19 to it in the second, but Houston County did make it 22-6 thanks to a “pick six” by Jason Hodges.
The third was fairly even, with the host scoring nine and the visitor 7. The fourth was a different story, however, as Valdosta scored 21 – also could have scored at the end but chose to take a knee – and Houston County could only manage seven.
The loss put the Bears at 4-3 on the year and meant they opened the Region 1-AAAAAA schedule 0-1. Valdosta on the other hand improved to 6-1, 1-0.