Miller County coach Frank Killingsworth admits that Seminole has the best team in school history, but warns that you can throw everything out the window when the two neighboring rivals meet each year.
COLQUITT -- The most amazing statistic of this football season has landed in Southwest Georgia this week, right smack-dab in the middle of one of the best rivalries in the Peach State.
Miller County and Seminole County meet tonight in Colquitt in a game that's so big it has more than one nickname. They call it the "Border Wars," and they call it the "Family Feud,'' and they've been calling it the game of the year for almost seven decades.
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WHO: Seminole County (7-1, 5-0) at Miller County (3-5, 3-2).
WHAT: Arguably the biggest rivalry in Georgia, annual Border Wars/Family Feud.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today.
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Here's the stat: After playing each other 67 times, Miller and Seminole go into the 68th meeting of the rivalry with identical 32-32-3 records against each other.
As if these two needed something to talk about.
"People talk about this all year long,'' said Seminole County coach Alan Ingram, who has been a part of both programs. "They will start talking about next year's game about five minute's after this year's game is over. It's 365 days of the year. You will go to a basketball game, or a baseball game, and people will be talking about when Seminole and Miller play in football.''
Everyone talks about this game.
"I was at church on Sunday and my pastor was talking about the game,'' said Seminole quarterback Antwan Buggs, who leads one of the most explosive offenses in the state.
Everyone in Donalsonville is talking about this year's Indians team. They've won seven in a row after losing to then-state-ranked Wesleyan on a last-minute 66-yard TD pass in the opener on a night when Seminole was short-handed.
The Indians, ranked No. 5 in the state coaches Top 10 poll, are 5-0 in the Region 1-A race and 7-1 overall. They've scored 376 points in eight games. Miller has scored 104.
People are calling this the best Seminole County team in the school's history.
"Yes it is, by far,'' Miller County coach Frank Killingsworth said. "This is the best team they've ever had. They've got a very strong football team. But this is the Miller County-Seminole County football game, so that changes everything.''
Miller is 3-5 overall and 3-2 in the Region 1-A race, and has to win one of its last two games to finish third in the region (the top four teams go to the playoffs), but nothing would be sweeter to the Pirates than to beat the Indians.
"It's exciting. It's a game you look forward to all year. There's a buzz everywhere about this game,'' Killingsworth said. "It's hard to describe. It's hard to put into words how exciting people are getting over this game. And they do it every year.''
Ingram and Killingsworth were assistant coaches together at Miller in the 1990s, and they still talk two or three times a week. The coaching staffs are so friendly that Ingram said they would probably get together and have a fish fry next week.
But the game?
"It's going to be a war,'' Ingram said. "I've been a part of it for 39 years, 19 here at Seminole and 20 over there. There are some good rivalries in Georgia, but I've always said this is the best in the state. Vidalia and Lowndes had a great rivalry years ago, but this is by far better.
"We're all so close. And there's nothing else anywhere around us. We've got to drive through Miller to get to anywhere. And when they go fishing at the lakes, they've got to come through Seminole County to get there. Then there's bragging rights. You have to have bragging rights about something. There's not a whole lot to brag about in Southwest Georgia.''
The rivalry has some legendary stories, but none as wild as the one about former Miller County star Charles Grant, who went on to play in the NFL.
"A few years ago when Charles Grant was playing for the Saints, there was a rumor going around that he offered me $10,000 to blow the game against Miller,'' said Ingram, laughing out loud. "It's a great rivalry. People come up to me all the time and say, 'I don't care if you go 1-9 as long as you beat Miller County.' You can't go anywhere without people talking about this game.''
Killingsworth said everyone knows about the rivalry, but no one really knows until you sit in the middle of it.
"When I was at Calhoun County we all knew about the Miller-Seminole rivalry,'' Killingsworth said. "But when I came to Miller in 1996 I didn't realize the intensity of the rivalry that was here. It took just one year to realize how intense it is. Until you get here, you don't understand.
"The first couple of years I was here I was up in the press box during the game,'' he added. "I looked down and there's a woman in her 70s and she's hollering like a wild person. She's dressed in (Seminole) green and just screaming like crazy. Age doesn't matter when it comes to this game.''
Killingsworth said he won't need to say a word to get his kids ready. Ingram said he won't need a pep talk either.
"You could see the difference in practice (this week),'' Killingsworth said. "There's more hop in their step, a little more giddy-up in everything they do. Even the young kids who don't play much. They're going a little harder this week. It's a playoff atmosphere.''
All the kids from both teams know each other, and they light up the Internet and texts every year before the game.
"Just about everyone has kin in the other county,'' Ingram said. "The kids know each other. Everyone looks forward to this game. It doesn't matter if we were playing tiddly-winks there would be a crowd to see Seminole and Miller.''
Ironically, the two top players in this year's game are cousins. Miller's T.T. Barber, who is a terror as a linebacker and also runs and throws the ball at quarterback, is related to Seminole's Chris Brown, who has gained 1,170 yards and rushed for 23 TDs for the Indians. Both are Herald Dynamite Dozen selections.
Brown suffered a dislocated hip in August and didn't play against Miller last year, but now he's back to play against the Pirates his senior year.
"There's nothing like playing Miller County,'' Brown said.
Absolutely nothing ...