September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th lights

Southeast crosses over the mountain; Northwest crosses over the region


Southeast (2-0) at Gilmer (2-0)

It’s been more than 20 years since Southeast has started a season this well in terms of wins and losses, and the Raiders can go for another first-time-in-a-long-time moment tonight.

With a win against the Bobcats, they’ll be 3-0 for the first time since 1985, when Southeast finished the season 9-2 and reached the region semifinals in the playoffs.

The good start means a lot to the team and those who support it,” Raiders coach Sean Gray said.

“It is a big deal for the community,” he said. “It reinforces what we’ve been saying the last two years. The kids have been working hard and putting for the effort. It’s nice to see them reap the rewards of the hard work they’ve put in. These games along with the rebuilding of the facilities really builds on that excitement.”

However, the Raiders have enjoyed the comforts of home in their first two games this season — and that changes tonight.

“It will be interesting to see (how they perform),” Gray said. “The first away game is always tough. I think the guys will respond well and they’ll show up and play hard.”

The Bobcats’ featured back is senior Johnie Flakes, who’s coming off a 145-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance in last week’s 33-13 victory against Sonoraville. Gray knows the physicality and toughness associated with Gilmer’s running game in recent seasons.

He also knows the attention to detail his team will need to come away with another victory.

“We have to be focused,” Gray said. “It is going to take us a good hour, hour and a half to get there. We’ve got to get off that bus ready to play.”

— Compiled by sports writers Devin Golden and Chris Whitfield and correspondents Larry Fleming and Dave Gordon. Some scores and records listed were obtained at the Georgia High School Football Historians Association (

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