This season, Marion County ruled the roost when it came to the area's Class A football teams. Pacelli, still in its four-year transformation under coach Randy Grace, had its second straight 7-3 regular season.
It should come as no surprise that the four Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City awards for Class A, AA, AAA and private schools are divvied up between the two.
From Marion County, Lorenzo Smothers, one of the top athletes in the area in any classification, was named athlete of the year and Mike Swaney coach of the year. Pacelli's tandem of DeAndre Bowman and Ben Davis were named offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.
In the case of Marion County, there are plenty of reasons why it was able to win 17 straight games over the course of 2013-14. After winning a state championship last season, it won its first 12 games of 2014 and came a last-second field goal short of playing for another title.
With the target placed squarely on the Eagles backs, they relied on Swaney and Smothers to lead the way through a daunting region slate.
"It's hard to win 17 in a row if you're playing checkers," Swaney joked.
"It's tough to do it in the region we play in, so we're proud of that accomplishment."
Region 4-A has sent a team to three straight state championship games, with Hawkinsville and Marion County earning the big prize. In addition, teams such as Dooly County, Pacelli, Brookstone and Schley County make it one of the deepest regions in the state.
"It was hard, just knowing where we had to go," Smothers said of the challenge this season.
On the field, though, Smothers was as good as ever.
He rushed for 862 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 51 passes for 825 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 432 return yards and three more touchdowns, a modest total when you consider how infrequently the opposition elected to kick to him. Defensively, he notched 47 tackles, four interceptions and another touchdown.
As a junior, Smothers has another year to put up even bigger totals.
While Pacelli is still a step behind Marion County in its progression, it's impressive to consider where it is now versus just four seasons ago.
It combined for one win in 2010 and 2011, going 0-10 and 1-9, respectively. Bowman and Davis played together as freshmen on the team in 2012, when the team won four games to begin its turnaround.
Ahead of schedule, the Vikings went 7-4 with a playoff loss in each of the past two seasons, and Bowman and Davis were two of the main reasons why.
Like Smothers, Bowman is a versatile do-it-all athlete.
From defense to offense to special teams, he has the capability to score from everywhere on the field, and he did.
He had 1,153 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, 325 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and 506 return yards and three more touchdowns. Defensively, he had six interceptions and another touchdown.
All total, he scored 36 percent of his team's total points. Still, he's most proud of the impact its had on the team's turnaround.
"It's fun when I think about it," he said.
"Because four years ago, we used to be 0-10. Now we've had back-to-back 7-3 seasons."
For Davis, he recorded 103 tackles, 26 for loss, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and six batted passes.
In other words, he was a menace to opposing offenses.
He credited the 10 other players he plays with on defense.
"When you know there's 10 other guys who are going to go out there and bang heads, it helps you get out there and do your job," he said.
Both he and Bowman will be back for their senior seasons next year.
That gives Pacelli optimism for 2015.
"I've been here since kindergarten, so I remember the glory days and I remember when we weren't so good," Davis said.
"So it's good to be able to bring it back to that level."
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