10.28.11 – Nelsonville at Athens – “The Game of the Century”
So while this upcoming weekend might be the collegiate “Game of the Century” with top ranked Bama and LSU meeting in a regular season clash of SEC titans Athens County had its own game of the century this past Friday when unbeaten Athens and Nelsonville-York squared off in what was arguably the most hyped game in the history of the county. For me, the most amazing part was that the game actually ended up living up to the hype. While it may have been a sloppy game (i.e. about 12-13 turnovers and a penalty on seemingly every other play) it was still about as dramatic of a high school game as I’ve ever seen. It came down to overtime and Athens was able to kick a field goal (the last two meetings between these teams were decided by missed PATs by Athens) to claim their first outright conference championship and beat heavily favored Nelsonville. Instant classic.