Musing with Cecil Buffington
A New Rivalry
The Jefferson Dragons have been playing football since 1947. They have never met the Hart County Bulldogs on the gridiron until this coming Friday night.
I think I am as excited as I have ever been at seeing a first time Jefferson opponent. Hart County has long been one of the better football programs in Northeast Georgia. Since starting their program in 1954 they have won 340 games, lost 258 with 11 ties. By contrast the Dragons have won 375. Lost 260 and have 22 ties.
Hart County has been a force in 8-AAA for years. They have won 59 games with only 23 defeats since 2003. Last year they were 8 - 3.
Over the years Jefferson has had their share of nemesis teams that literally took us to the woodshed when we played them. Most notable, of course, is the Commerce Tigers as our 19 - 39 - 5 record against them will attest. Buford has also been tough on the Dragons with 15 wins against only two losses over the years. Athens Academy ( 2 - 11 ), Greater Atlanta Christian ( 0 - 4 ) and old Golden Age rivals Morgan County ( 4 - 11 ), and Washington-Wilkes ( 2 - 10 ) have also been hard for the Dragons to beat on a consistent basis.
While encountering some strong resistance from some of the better teams on the schedule over the years, the Dragons have had their whipping boys. Oglethorpe County ( 28 - 8 ), Winder-Barrow ( 20 - 11 ), Rabun County ( 16 - 3 ), Social Circle ( 13 - 5 and Townes County ( 12 - 0 ) jump out at you as being Dragon fodder in most of the years they have met.
After this Friday night in Hartwell, we can only hope that the latest edition of Bulldogs on the Dragon schedule will join Avondale, Bowdon, Coosa, East Atlanta and West Point with 0 - 1 records against our home team.
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