History of S.C. high school football kept by a
Statistician who ‘Doodles'
By Lane Kramer
It is not coach Hubert Morris, who coached Strom Thurmond to a state championship in 1968 and Wardlaw to its first South Carolina Independent School Association eight-man football title in 1999.
It is not Andrew Doran, Kevin Molony or Will Bryan, players who have posted impressive numbers in guiding the Patriots to a 11-0 record this season, including seven shutouts entering Friday's playoff opener against Andrew Jackson.
Wardlaw's man behind the scenes is team statistician, historian and all-around sports guru Gerald Doolittle. He also serves as the school's librarian and as the public address announcer during all home football and basketball games.
Mr. Doolittle is not your ordinary team statistician. He has made sports statistics his life's work.
He is thought to have the most comprehensive records of
Mr. Doolittle is proud of his statistical accomplishments, but he gets more gratification from helping young people.
During his tenure at Wardlaw the school has produced numerous athletes who have gone on to further success in college sports, such as Nancy Derrick, Chris Yonce, Ryght Jordan and Ryan Molony.
"There's a lesson to learn at all athletic events," Mr. Doolittle said. "If you think really hard, it will help you somewhere down the line. I give a shoulder to the students when they need it. If you let them know you love them, the best will come out of them."
Mr. Doolittle said he has made predictions on more than 48,000 games since he started Doodles Doodles, and he has been correct 78 percent of the
"He is very valuable in many different ways," Mr. Morris said. "It would be very hard to tell what went on if we didn't have Gerald. He knows all the ins and outs about the football program. It would be strange not to have Gerald around."
Mr. Doolittle remembers the first game he recorded statistics for as a 10-year –old in 1953.
"We were the third household in Edgefield to get a TV," he said. "It was a North Carolina-North Carolina State football game. I got a note pad out and just started doing it."
And since then, he has never stopped.
After earning a degree from
Mr. Pickren was starting his Web site two years ago when he first met Mr. Doolittle, who he had been told had encyclopedic knowledge of
The two have compiled a database that includes every
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