“To be the best you have to beat the best.”

It’s a saying all coaches use. Friday night, Bacon County gets that opportunity when the surging Red Raiders travel to second-ranked and unbeaten Vidalia in a big Region 2-AA showdown.

BCHS (4-3 overall, 3-1 region) puts its three-game winning streak on the line against the Indians (7-0, 4-0), who are coming off an emotional 35-28 victory over fourth-ranked Benedictine (5-2, 3-1), in the 11th meeting between the two schools dating back to 1970.

“Hopefully we’re catching them (Indians) at the right time,” said Bacon County head coach Ken Cofer. “They’ve got a lot of momentum going right now and maybe they spent a lot of energy last week, or maybe that was such a physical war that they are beat up.

“In saying that, we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. We’re going over there prepared to do well and put on a show. We’re going in with the attitude of winning.”

Vidalia holds an 8-2 series advantage having won seven consecutive games. BCHS won the series opener 14-6 in 1970 and the third game, 13-12, in 1974. The rest have been dominated by the Indians that have included six shutouts in the eight wins.

Over the past two years, though, the Red Raiders have given Vidalia fits losing 14-10 and 14-0.

The Indians’ defensive unit is one of the best in any classification, especially in AA, allowing just 7.4 points per game. Vidalia had its streak of four consecutive shutouts end against the Cadets.

The 51 points allowed by the Indians in seven games is one point fewer than Bacon County scored in a 52-7 win over Long County.

The Red Raiders’ offense, which had a season-low 35 snaps in the win over Jeff Davis last Friday, was helped out by a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown helping reach the 40-point mark for a school record third consecutive game.

“That was frustrating,” Cofer said of the limited touches. “We didn’t even get a snap in the third quarter. But on the other hand, we got a kickoff return for a score and a 100-yard interception return for a score.

For the rest of this story and more on your favorite team see the October 21st edition of The Alma Times.