GAME OF THE WEEK Good Hope Versus Cold Springs
Our Cullman Today Week 6 GAME OF THE WEEK featured the Cold Springs Eagles who traveled into the Good Hope Raiders‘ homecoming at James W. Shabel Stadium.
The Eagles were coached by Larry Bishop; the Raiders were led by Alan Scott.
As a Class 2A school, COLD SPRINGS moved up significantly on the size-of-competition scale to face Class 4A Good Hope. The Eagles come into this game with a nice victory over Berry along with three defeats and a bye week.
Their margins of loss had been 40 points per game on average. Obviously, the burden Friday night fell on the Eagles defense. Cold Springs is 26-4 when holding its opponents to 10 points or less since 2000.
Mercurial best described this year’s GOOD HOPE team through Week 5.
They started the season with a Week 1 open date. That was followed up with two wins and two losses. They looked spectacular in a large-scale shutout of Vinemont, very capable against a stout, ranked Fayette County team, like destiny’s child in a shocking last-second win over Hamilton and then wholly pedestrian against Cordova last week.
The Raiders lost to the Eagles 39-42 last year. The players remaining on this Good Hope roster no doubt recall that loss and will seek to rectify it this evening. Cold Springs players still on the team will likely draw some confidence from that win in 2016.
This is a long-running rivalry with 36 football games played between the two schools since the beginning of recorded history. The Eagles have won 8 of those games; Good Hope was a victor in 27 with one tie game.
We broadcasted the entirety of the 1st half LIVE.
This video contains the entirety of the 1st half of play including the National Anthem and the epic entrance of the Raiders onto the field of play:
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As you’ll see in our Live coverage videos, the Raiders fleet, junior quarterback Bailey Quick (#2) was the Cullman Today Offensive PLAYER OF THE GAME. Quick accounted for four touchdowns on the night (3 by air, 1 by land).
Supported by an electric, anytime-anywhere big-play offense, the Good Hope defense did their part as well. They delivered a powerful goose-egg shutout on Homecoming night. Cold Springs mustered less than 100 yards in total offense.
As a result, the Raiders coasted in the second half to a 34-0 rout over Cold Springs Friday night.
In many ways, the larger Good Hope Raiders homecoming festivities stole the show. Good Hope’s Homecoming was effectively a weeklong event featuring:
• Hall & Character Day
• College Day
• Throwback Thursday
• Powder Puff Game
• Pep Rally
• Gametime Field Rally
This video shows the final public ceremony at James W. Shabel Stadium ahead of the actual homecoming game against the Cold Spring Eagles:
The Cold Springs Marching Band performed their well-rehearsed and expertly executed halftime show in the hostile environment of the Good Hope Raiders 2017 Homecoming:
We also spoke with the Cold Springs Eagles training staff ahead of tonight’s game at James W. Shabel Stadium in Good Hope.
They discuss the use of orally administered mustard and their love-infused ice water which they utilize to aid and support Eagles players during the game:
We broadcasted the entirety of the 2nd half of this game LIVE. You can see all the second half action, as well as the teams, meeting at mid-field after the game:
The Raiders return to work next against mighty Winfield.
The Eagles entertain West End at home on Friday night.