Eagles, Demons appear headed to showdown

dshirley@macon.comOctober 10, 2013 

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Above, Northside High School linebacker Robert Jones (20) returns an interception during a Sept. 6 game against Veterans High School in Warner Robins. Right, Peach County’s Greg Williams goes down pulled by his face mask during play against Baldwin County on Sept. 6 in Milledgeville.

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Last week, Northside and Warner Robins again proved they are the class of GHSA Region 2-AAAAA with wins over Houston County and Jones County, respectively.

Once again, the Eagles and Demons showed the region race will come down to them and then everyone else.

Both teams are 5-0 this season, including 2-0 in region play, and both should continue to win out until their game against each other Nov. 1.

While Jones County and Houston County will battle the teams from the Augusta area – Evans, Lakeside-Evans, Greenbrier and Grovetown – for the final two playoff spots, Northside and Warner Robins should be able to keep winning and set up quite a showdown on the first day of November at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. There are a couple of hurdles left: Warner Robins has to face off with Houston County, while Jones County will get a shot at Northside.

But while both of those teams appear improved and likely will finish with the final two playoff spots for the region, Northside and Warner Robins are just on another level.

The Eagles have won 36 straight regular-season games, and they are 35-0 during the regular season with Kevin Kinsler as their head coach. They have been their usual dominant selves this season, allowing more than 14 points once in their five games while scoring at least 28 points in all of their games.

Warner Robins also has allowed more than 14 points just once, and the Demons have scored at least 21 points in all of their games.

After a 2-8 season in 2010, the Demons got back on track with an 11-win season in 2011 and a nine-win season last year. And that has carried over into this season.

The Eagles and Demons are counting on that continuing. The coaching staffs won’t let the players look ahead to Nov. 1; they’re both too good to let that happen.

But with winnable games coming up, the fans likely can’t help themselves as they think about the possibilities of that showdown and what could be on the line.

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