ADEL - Cook High head football coach George Dean is not surprised to see the Bacon County Red Raiders in the first round of the GHSA Class AA football playoffs.

"They are a good team that plays in a tough region," said Dean pointing out that Bacon finished third in Region 2-AA behind Fitzgerald and the Charlton County Indians. "They have gotten better in the last couple of years."

The Cook Hornets, who finished second in Region 1-AA, will host the Raiders in first round playoff action Friday here at Memorial Stadium.

Bacon struggled to a 1-9 record in 2004, but still found some positives in the long season. The Raiders ended the season with a 27-0 win over Pierce County. Of the nine losses, three were by a touchdown on less. Bacon also knew that it had a bevy of starters returning, including wide receiver Osric Robinson, running back Terrell Sallett and quarterback Kyle Merceer.

"They've got a good quarterback and a good running back," said Dean. "They run the veer offense and run a lot of sets off the veer.

"They're just a pretty good football team. They do a lot of things well."

The Hornets wrapped up their regular season Friday night with a 27-20 win over the Early County Bobcats.

The Hornets unleashed its usual powerful offense as it amassed 361 yards. Sophomore running back David Arnold and junior quarterback Ty Goff accounted for most of the yardage. Arnold rushed for 127 yards on 30 carries and Goff went for 157 on 18 carries. The quarterback also completed three passes for 67 yards.

Newly-discovered kicker Malcolm Thompson was successful on two of three extra point kicks.

The winner of Friday night's matchup moves on to face the winner of the first round game between Dublin and Manchester. The Irish of Dublin have only given up three points this season.

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