The 14th annual Blessing of the Hunt, presented by Goss Baptist Church, brought thousands to the Columbia Expo Center last Thursday night to kick off deer hunting season while thanking God for wildlife and the outdoors.
Caleb Batie has had to scratch, claw and battle since the moment he graduated from West Marion to be noticed. Without having any offers coming out of high school, Batie walked on at Pearl River Community College and redshirted as a freshman.
For such a young team to battle adversity and still have the success West Marion did this season — winning six games and advancing to the second round of the playoffs after an 0-3 start — the 2017 campaign for the Trojans has to be viewed as a success despite Friday night’s 34-6 home loss to Hazlehurst.
Columbia Academy simply ran into a buzz saw of an opponent Friday night at Indianola Academy — a team that hasn’t lost a game since the 2015 state championship and that loss came after a 14-0 start — and fell 43-16.