A win over South Brunswick tonight would give the Eagles a perfect regular with a 10-0 record. If would mark the first ever undefeated football season for East Bladen.
The Elizabethtown Cougars, under Coach Doug Henderson, capped a 10-0 regular season record in 1970. The Cougars beat Richlands in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Allen Jay High of Highpoint in the Eastern finals. At that time only the conference champion advanced to the playoffs and it took only three wins to clinch the State championship.
Since then the Clarkton Blue Devils have been the only Bladen team to complete the regular season undefeated . That came in 1985.
The Eagles have a 9-0 overall record and are 5-0 in Waccamaw Conference play. The team has recorded four shutouts while outscoring its opponents 382-72 in the nine contests.
Over the past four weeks, the Eagles have recorded three shutouts and have outscored their opponents, 192-13, including a 63-0 shutout of East Columbus two weeks ago and a 35-0 win over Whiteville last Friday night..
East Bladen, the No. 6 ranked 2-A team in the state, has already clinched the No. 1 seed from the conference in the playoffs, and a win tonight would give the Eagles an outright conference championship.
South Columbus is in second place in the league standings with an 8-1 overall mark and 4-1 in conference play. An East Bladen loss at South Brunswick and a South Columbus win at West Columbus would mean the two teams would share the league title.
South Brunswick has not been impressive en route to its 2-8 record. The Cougars are 1-4 in conference. The conference win came two weeks ago with a 48-29 victory over West Columbus.
The other Cougar victory came two weeks before with a 34-22 win over Fairmont. Fairmont is still winless and West Columbus has one win on the season.
Over the 10 games, South Brunswick has been outscored 308-150. Despite the record, the Cougars have only been shutout once. That came in the first game of the season with a 40-0 loss to South Robeson.