Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the
2018-2019 AAAAA Football Georgia State Champions, the Bainbridge High
School Bearcats of Bainbridge, Georgia. The team will be celebrating
this significant milestone with a celebration on Monday, March 18,
2019, at Centennial Field in Bainbridge, Georgia.
On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Bearcats won the state
championship game against the Warner Robins Demons (47-41) in triple
overtime. This historic victory marked the second state football title
in Bearcat history and the first since 1982. The team has played both
their lowest-scoring and highest-scoring games of the season against
the Demons, scoring zero points in October of 2018 and 47 points at the
state championship game in December.
Their victory in this year's AAAAA state championship embodied
decades of frustration, hard work, and determination bursting forth
into an unbelievable season of athletic excellence and teamwork. The
Bainbridge Bearcats is the first team in Georgia since 1992 to go from
a .500 winning percentage or below to state champions. The team
traveled over 1,853 miles and went on to defeat five consecutive top
ten opponents for the first time in school history, won four
consecutive state playoff road wins for the first time in the school's
history, and finished with a 10+ win season for only the 6th time in
school history.
The Bainbridge Bearcats finished their season with a seven-game
winning streak, five of which were on the road. The team also set
school records for interceptions returned for touchdowns, sacks, and
blocked kicks and punts. Additionally, the team's seniors completed
their high school career with an astonishing 36-16 record, the best for
any senior class in school history.
I cannot put into words the amount of pride that the citizens of
Bainbridge, and indeed in the entire Second Congressional District, has
in being able to call this outstanding team of athletes its own. They
have accomplished an incredible feat, one that could not have been
possible without the tireless leadership and encouragement from their
head coach, Jeff Littleton and his staff, as well as their families,
classmates, and members of the community who believed in their ability
to bring home a state championship title.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the more than 730,000 constituents of Georgia's Second
Congressional District in recognizing these hardworking young men who
have persevered, made sacrifices, and developed the character that will
help them to succeed in other aspects of life, and in congratulating
them on their historic achievement.
116th Congress