In 2A the Giles Spartans are back in the state championship for the first time in seven years.
Now the Spartans have a chance to hoist the championship trophy with just one more victory.
The Spartans look to cap their perfect season with a championship win over Brunswick, a school better known for its rich history on the basketball court.
The Giles Spartans have cruised through the 2013 season.
At 14-0 the Spartans are now just one win away from capturing their first state championship since 2005.
“I remember going to both the state games in 05 and 06. And I looked up to my dad and I said to him ‘One day I’m going to be here,’” Giles lineman Hunter Epperley said. “We all knew going up through little league that we had as good of chance as anybody. We've worked hard, and now we're back here and we're going to take advantage of that opportunity.
After finishing 10-2 in back-to-back years, 2013 has been the year the Spartans have gotten "over the hump," something they credit toward being a more experienced bunch.
“It's just part of the process of where we want our football program to be,” Giles coach Jeff Williams said. “It's about tradition, and part of the tradition is hopefully about getting back to the state championship game. And we know that just ain't going to happen every year-- after year. It's a tough road. And with the extra playoff games now it's tough to get back there. We're just looking forward to the opportunity of playing in another state championship.”
Now after playing the first four rounds of the 2A State Playoffs at home the Spartans will now travel just up I-81 to Salem where they'll take on the Brunswick Bulldogs in what they feel will be just like another home game.
“We've always traveled well no matter where we're playing, whether it's 40 minutes away or four hours away,” Williams said. “We went down to John Battle last year and had all kinds of fans there. We always travel well and have some of the most loyal fans in the area, and I'm expecting to have a good turnout and a bunch of people there.”
Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Salem Stadium.