NEWBERRY COUNTY — The following game notes were compiled by Wilson Senn regarding the Friday night high school football games.
Whitmire at Great Falls
Great Falls leads the series 13-9. The school is located at 411 Sunset Ave. in Great Falls (29055).
White Knoll at Mid-Carolina
White Knoll won the inaugural meeting last year 40-14. The last time Mid-Carolina was shut-out to open a season and then won the next week was 1966. The last time Mid-Carolina started two straight seasons 0-2 was 1959-64.
Newberry at Ware Shoals
Newberry leads the series 3-0 since 1928. This is Newberry’s first ever trip to Ware Shoals.
Coach Phil Strickland with a win would have won three straight seasonal openers while head coach of the Bulldogs. Other times this has happened in his career are 1988-1996 and 2000-03.
The last time Newberry opened three straight seasons with a victory was 2001-05. (Clinton, Silver Bluff, Silver Bluff, Clinton, Clinton).
Newberry head coach Phil Strickland got his first ever career victory over Ware Shoals when he coached at Ridge Spring-Monetta in 1987.
The last time Newberry High opened a new season in Greenwood County was 1926. New Bulldog coach Harry Hedgepath in his first game was defeated by the Greenwood Emeralds 12-0.
Jerry Butler is a graduate of Ware Shoals High. He played football at Clemson where he is well known for making “The Catch” in 1978 to beat South Carolina. Willie Scott, a graduate of Newberry High, was on the field that game for the Gamecocks. They would both go on to be first round draft choices in the NFL.
The present Ware Shoals high was built in 1926. Riegel Stadium was built in 1931, although it would not host a football game until 1934 with lights being added a year later. During this time, it has hosted textile league and Negro League baseball games, as well as a 1954 exhibition game between the Cincinnati Red Legs and the Washington Senators. Future hall-of-famers that were a part of either team included Harmon Killebrew and manager Bucky Harris. Part of the movie “Leatherheads” was shot here also.
The school is located at 56 S. Greenwood Ave., Ware Shoals (29692).