It was a big week in Charlton County last week as Champ Bailey returned home to present the Hometown Hall of Famer plaque to the high school where he starred before becoming a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Friday was proclaimed Champ Bailey Day in Folkston and the football field was renamed Champ Bailey Field in his honor.
Also coming up big was the Maidens softball team who won three of their final four regular season games to qualify for the state playoffs. As the power rankings stood on Sunday and barring any appeals that might change the rankings, the Maidens are set to play Wheeler County on the road beginning Wednesday in Alamo. A double header will be played Wednesday and a third game, if needed, will be played on Thursday in the best of three series.
Top-ranked Irwin County was too much for the Indian football team last Friday night. Three Indian turnovers led directly to Irwin County touchdowns and the Tribe fell, 56-0.
Recreation football and soccer both got underway last week with more games this week to be played.
Courtney Williams and the Connecticut Sun won game two of the WNBA Finals last Tuesday to even the series, but then dropped game three to fall behind two games to one in the best-of-five series. Williams scored 28 points in the two games.
The Georgia Bulldogs overcame a scrappy Tennessee team early on to score the game's final 33 points on the way to a 43-14 win over the Volunteers.
In the top SEC game of the week, the tenth-ranked Florida Gators remained unbeaten and knocked off undefeated and seventh-ranked Auburn, 24-13. Auburn would be the only top ten team to fall last week.
The Atlanta Braves split the first two games of the National League playoffs with the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta and then rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to take a 3-1 win in game three putting them one win away from the National League Championship Series.
In other playoff action, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals also split the first two games and played game three late Sunday.
In the American League, the New York Yankees opened up a 2-0 lead over the Minnesota Twins while the Houston Astros did the same against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Jacksonville Jaguars saw their two-game winning streak come to an end on the road at Carolina after the Panthers won by a 34-27 score. The magic of quarterback Gardner Minshew wasn't there as he lost three fumbles and threw an interception during the game.
The Atlanta Falcons fell to 1-4 on the season after losing a shootout with the Houston Texans, 53-32. Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for the Falcons, but was outdone by the Texans Deshaun Watson who passed for five scores.
At the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at the Dover International Speedway, Kyle Larson pulled away late for the win to end a 75-race winless streak. With the win, he earns an automatic spot in the next round of playoffs.