Midstate teams ready for final playoffs push

Sun News correspondentOctober 23, 2013 

With just three games remaining in the 2013 football season, several local teams are locked in tight region races as they jockey for position in the state playoffs.

The top-ranked Northside Eagles appear to again be the class of the area as they have rolled along to a 7-0 record and a 4-0 mark in GHSA Region 2-AAAAA. The Eagles will go on the road this week to face a winless Greenbrier team before returning for their rivalry matchup with Warner Robins and finishing out the regular season at home against Evans.

Northside hasn’t lost a regular season game since 2009 and will clinch a playoff spot with a win this week.

Warner Robins had been matching the Eagles win-for-win so far this year until falling for the first time this season 27-23 to the Houston County Bears on Friday night. The Demons are now tied for second with Lakeside-Evans at 3-1 in 2-AAAAA.

They will face Grovetown at home on Friday before facing two critical games against Northside and Lakeside to finish the year.

After dropping a heartbreaker on the road to Lakeside a week prior, the Bears showed tremendous resiliency by getting up and defeating the Demons for only the third time in school history. The win put Houston County into a three-way tie with Evans and Jones County at 2-2 for the fourth and final playoff spot.

The Bears now control their own destiny with games against both Evans and Jones County the following two weeks, before closing their year out at home against Greenbrier.

Things are also looking up for the Veterans Warhawks who are 4-0 in GHSA Region 2-AAAA and tied for the lead with Mary Persons. The battle-tested Warhawks began their season at 0-3 after losses to a trio of higher division playoff teams from 2012, but have reeled off four straight wins since, all in region play.

Veterans will face the 1-3 West Laurens Raiders at home this week before playing a potential 2-AAAA championship deciding contest on the road at Mary Persons. They finish the season at home against a 2-2 Baldwin team that could possibly be fighting for their postseason lives.

The Perry Panthers lost 29-0 to the Warhawks last week, falling into a tie with Westside-Macon and Baldwin for the final two playoff positions.

Perry faces a tough road game against Westside on Thursday, but they finish the year against Rutland and Howard, both of which struggled mightily in 2013.

Peach County beat Perry to open its season before dropping two-straight to opponents from higher classifications. They have caught fire since and won all four of their games, leading to a 3-0 record in GHSA Region 2-AAA, and a tie at the top with Carver-Columbus.

The Trojans face off with third place Pike County at home this week in a critical game for both schools, before playing Carver on the road. Carver was the only 2-AA school to defeat the Trojans in 2012.

Peach County will end the regular season against the winless Southwest-Macon Patriots.

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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