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Tim's Take: Benedictine football

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The quietest place in town Friday has been causing more noise than anything in Savannah for weeks.

"These,'' said Benedictine headmaster Fr. Frank Ziemkiewicz, " are good days.''

Call them new, good, old days at Benedictine, a football season that woke up tradition and allegiance along with the echoes.

"It's just wonderful. It's just wonderful," said Fr. Ziemkiewicz. "It's created a real fine atmosphere and I think it's just drawn a tight community all the tighter together.''

A playoff run will get any school and any fan base excited.

But a BC playoff run reaches deepest into the heart of Savannah, old Savannah, than any other, and finds more corners of this community, bringing back recent alumni and less recent.

"You get to see old friends and classmates,'' said Savannah Leisure Services director Joe Shearouse, a BC alumnus. "And it doesn't matter if you graduated in '69, like me, or in 2001, we're all part of one big happy family and we have a great time''

Those times have become more common as this undefeated season has grown, in parking lots packed with tailgaters five hours before kickoff and in crowds measured as large as 8,000 for home games.

The excitement for tonight's semifinals has been evident all week at the school, where ticket sales have been constant for a game that will be played three hours away, where Ganem Day was moved to accommodate team travel and where classes were canceled today.

"I've got to believe,'' said Ziemkiewicz, "that the team knows the school is very much behind them.''

Shearouse has another way of knowing that.

He's coaching middle school basketball this year, but his tournament championship games scheduled for tonight were moved to Monday in deference to the Cadets.

"That's right. Sixth grade basketball is important,'' said Shearouse. " But BC overrules that.''

There's been an awful lot of that going on around here lately.

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