WARNER ROBINS -- Fans all across the city of Warner Robins have plenty to be excited about with just three games left in the regular season as Northside, Warner Robins and Houston County are all currently in the playoff chase in GHSA Region 2-AAAAA.
I think (the success) speaks well for our community and how our community supports the football programs and athletics overall, Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler said. Any time we can all be this successful it just makes it better for all of us and its an exciting time for our fans. Im just glad to be a part of it.
The Eagles sit atop the region once again with a perfect 4-0 mark, while the Demons are tied for second with Lakeside-Evans at 3-1, and Houston County is in the hunt at 2-2.
If all three teams make it to the playoffs, it will be the first time that has happened in the same season since 2006 when Northside went on to win the state championship with a 15-0 mark.
Northside could be the first team to clinch a postseason berth this year with a victory over a winless Greenbrier squad Friday.
We understand that this is a big game, and when you get down towards the end of the region schedule, every game has some meaning, Kinsler said. Our goal is playoff spot, region championship and then state championship.
Northside will close out the regular season with the big rivalry showdown against Warner Robins, followed by a home contest against Evans.
The Demons fell for the first time this season last week night to drop to 6-1 but are still off to their best start since 2005 when they began the year 8-0. Senior quarterback Caden Johnston leads an offense that is second in the region, scoring 34 points per game.
Theres no doubt that were disappointed with how we played last week, and we realize weve got to get a lot better, but weve had a really good week of practice, and the kids have responded well, Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way said.
Warner Robins still controls its own destiny in the region championship race, but it also has arguably the toughest remaining schedule.
An 0-4 Grovetown team will visit McConnell-Talbert Stadium on Friday, but the Demons will close out the year against Northside and Lakeside-Evans.
You dont have a whole lot of control as far as how the schedule falls, Way said. We try to work hard every week and get better so when we play those good teams at the end of the year, were peaking at the right time.
The Bears certainly hope they didnt peak last week in the victory over Warner Robins. It was just the third time in 16 tries that they have defeated their rivals, and the victory put them squarely back into playoff contention after a one-point loss at Lakeside-Evans the week before.
Houston County had split time all season at quarterback with senior Taylor Boyett and freshman Jake Fromm. Fromm potentially separated himself against the Demons as he played every series after the opening one, passing for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Were only as good as our last game, so we try to move on to Evans this week and not worry about whats after that, Houston County head coach Von Lassiter said.
The Bears could potentially earn the second seed in the region if they win out, but they will start with trying to distance themselves from Evans and Jones County, with whom they are tied at 2-2 as they play those teams the next two weeks.
In the event of a tiebreaker scenario, Houston Countys two wins over non-region Class AAAAA foes Harris County and Northside-Columbus could loom large. No other team in the region has even one non-region Class AAAAA win except for Northside.
I inherited the schedule from the old staff, and it worked out well for us, Lassiter said. We were fortunate enough to beat two AAAAA teams that can help us if we get into a (tiebreaker), but I hope they dont matter at all.