Region 2-AAAAA race hits a snag

October 24, 2013 

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Northside quarterback Marcus Ivory hands the ball off to Jakorey Curry on a second quarter play against Westside Thursday in Warner Robins.

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All season, it looked like Northside and Warner Robins were headed to a showdown at McConnell-Talbert Stadium on Nov. 1.

It was going to be the kind of showdown that Eagles and Demons fans dream of, the kind they’re used to through the years: highly ranked and undefeated teams matching up for a region championship.

The Eagles and Demons will still face off, and there certainly will be still plenty on the line, but the Demons are no longer undefeated. Warner Robins’ loss last week to Houston County eliminated that piece of drama from that game.

And it also added plenty of drama to the rest of the GHSA Region 2-AAAAA season. Northside leads the way at 4-0, while Lakeside and Warner Robins are both 3-1 with Lakeside’s only loss coming to Northside.

Evans, Houston County and Jones County are all 2-2 while Greenbrier and Grovetown are both winless at 0-4.

In essence, that adds up to six teams playing for four playoff spots with Greenbrier and Grovetown there for the other teams to beat up on to help their playoff chances. If Northside is considered a lock (and it is), that drops it down to five teams for three spots.

Lakeside plays Jones County on Friday and then closes with Evans and Warner Robins, while the Demons play Grovetown and Northside the next two weeks.

At 2-2, Houston County faces Evans, Jones County and Greenbrier, while Jones County’s final game is against Grovetown. And Evans closes with Lakeside and Northside after playing the Bears this week.

While things looked pretty clear throughout the season, at least for the top two spots in the region, that changed last week, and things certainly could change again after this week.

Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or dshirley@macon.com

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