November 12, 2003
Americus-- The postseason may not officially begin until next Friday, but for the Sumter County Rams it comes a week early.
"No, this is it, this is our playoff game. So we're going to go out there and lay it on the line and see where the end result will be," Sumter County head coach Charles Truitt said.
And there's good reason the Rams are placing so much emphasis on Friday's season finale with their cross town rival Americus. Not only will it mark the end of the Rams season, but also of Sumter County High football.
"Oh yeah, it's going to be a big ball game. It's a situation where it's the end right now and a situation where we just have to come out and play ball. But it's fun for the kids to get an opportunity to come out and participate in a game like this," Truitt added.
"The only thing I want to do is shock the world. Because nobody thinks that we can beat Americus High," senior safety Jermaine Seay said.
And for the past three seasons they haven't. But across town the Panthers are well aware that the players they'll be playing with next year would love nothing more than to end a sixteen year tradition with just their fourth win ever over their rivals.
"Yes it does kind of scare me a little bit because when a team doesn't have anything to lose they try to take something from a team that might have something to lose. So yeah it scares me a little bit," senior defensive end Jonathan Reese said.
"Our kids kind of look at it like it's just basically another game, you know it's just one that's on our schedule. But for them (Sumter County)it's a big game and it's a big measuring stick for them. So they definitely get up for this game," Americus head coach Erik Soliday said.
And although a win or loss will mean nothing in the final region standings to either team, in the Rams minds there would be no better way to bid their program goodbye.
"I would love for them to be able to go out on top like that, but it's going to take an extremely great game for us to have that opportunity," Truitt added.
Friday's game between Americus and Sumter County kicks off at 7:30pm from Finklea-Robinson Field.
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