WHILE I ENJOY every week of football during the season, this is my favorite week: semifinals week.
Championship week is exciting, too, but the games lose something when they leave the small towns and packed stadiums and move to USC’s Williams-Brice Stadium, were two-thirds of the seats will be empty.
Home-field advantage is still at play in the semifinals. Last season, of the 14 semifinal matchups, 10 of the home teams won. That may have more to do with the higher seed being better, but it is still a larger element of excitement to be playing in your own full house.
In the semifinals, it is your last chance as a team to set yourself from the rest. If you lose, you become one of a couple hundred teams that fell short of its goal. If you get to the finals and lose, you can say you were among the two best teams in the state.
powerhouse on offense with quarterback Kelly Bryant. The Eagles, however, are explosive on offense and will challenge the Panthers’ defense.
We’ll look at the finals of 1A on Thursday.