Last week, in the runup to the UGA-Alabama clash for the SEC championship, 11Alive Sports chronicled the good-natured rivalry between devoted Dawgs fan Claire Stanford (a second-grader at Welch Elementary School in Newnan) and her teacher, Jennifer Eriksen, a proud Crimson Tide alum.

Back in late August, Stanford began the practice of writing "Go Georgia Bulldogs" on her homework assignments, as a means of expressing her love of Georgia football … and perhaps getting under the skin of Eriksen.

The teacher responded by continually stamping young Claire's homework with a 'Roll Tide' emblem, essentially drawing the battle lines for a potential UGA-Alabama clash for the SEC championship (divisional victories for both schools).

Fast forward to last week …

Before Georgia (SEC East champion) and Alabama (SEC West champ) finally squared off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, before they staged an epic showdown that eclipsed the drama and excitement of last year’s national championship bout, Eriksen dealt one final trump card to young Claire.


The whole exchange, for the most part, was well-received throughout the football-mad southern states. 

However, once the Stanford-Eriksen escalation went viral, there were whispers of young Claire being bullied by her teacher and fellow students.

11Alive’s Wes Blankenship had a lengthy discussion with Stanford and Eriksen; and as you’ll see in the above clip, the bond between teacher and student has never been stronger.