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'Big game' set Friday
Mustangs, Rebels to meet for 25th time
The Rebels’ Zach Johnson (96) boots a 42-yard field goal out of the hold of Adam Napier (6) in the first period of last year's 43-20 win against the Mustangs at The Corral. South Effingham’s Trayvon Cokley (5) sails past on the block attempt. - photo by Photo by Gilbert Miller
It’s a big game. It’s a big game for us because it’s the next game.
Effingham County coach Buddy Holder

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Effingham County holds a 13-11 lead in its football series with rival South Effingham. That includes a 43-20 victory last year and a 34-7 win in 2016.

None of that matters now. It’s all about the 25th meeting set Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Rebel Field.

“It’s a big game. It’s a big game for us because it’s the next game,” Effingham County coach Buddy Holder said after  last Friday’s 21-13 loss to Beaufort, S.C. “That’s the way we have to attack it with our kids so that we don’t get overwhelmed with emotion. We’ve done that before and it didn’t go our way.

“We try to just attack it and prove ourselves,  and try to get better and be the very best team we can be Friday night. That’s all we can do.”

Holder invited the public to hear him and South Effingham County coach Donnie Revell discuss the game during Thursday’s Rotary Club of Effingham County meeting. They will speak at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

“If everybody wants to come out, eat a good meal and listen to a couple of football coaches talk, that would be something fun to go do,” Holder said.

On Tuesday morning, Holder and Revell were guests during the Rotary Club of Springfield meeting at Springfield United Methodist Church.