A few weeks ago, the Warner Robins-Northside game seemed headed for a rare matchup of undefeated teams.
Houston County spoiled the possibility, upsetting the Demons 27-23 on Oct. 18.
Although the luster of a matchup of unbeatens is gone, nothing has changed with this game.
It’s still the top rivalry in Middle Georgia and arguably the state. And a GHSA Region 2-AAAAA championship is still on the line for both teams.
“It’s a big game like it always is,” Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way told The Telegraph after a win over Grovetown on Friday. “We’ve got to win and somehow find a way to beat Lakeside, and we’re the region champions. That’s always our No. 1 goal every year. (The Northside Eagles are) the defending champions, and rightfully so. They’ve got another outstanding football team, and we’ve got our work cut out for us, but I know we’re going to prepare well and play hard.”
The Eagles (8-0, 5-0) have scored 40 or more points in each of their past five games, and their starters haven’t played a full game since a 28-14 win over Westside on Sept. 12. No team has come within 28 points of beating the Eagles since the win over Westside.
The Demons (7-1, 4-1) were also rolling along, winning their first six games by 11 or more points. They allowed more than 14 points only once during the span. Next came the four-point loss to Houston County in which they scored 23 points, the lowest total since a 21-10 season-opening win over Veterans. Warner Robins did bounce back from the loss to beat Grovetown 59-10.
The annual rivalry in Warner Robins isn’t the only big game this week.
Veterans travels to Mary Persons -- both undefeated in region play -- with the Region 2-AAAA championship on the line.
The Warhawks clinched the first playoff appearance in program history with a win over West Laurens on Friday. The Bulldogs also clinched a playoff spot, and they’re seeking the first region championship since 1997.
Peach County can claim the Region 2-AAA championship with a road win over No. 5 Carver-Columbus. The Trojans have won five straight games, but Carver might mark their toughest test of the season.
Stratford can lock up the GISA Region 2-AAA championship with a win over Mount de Sales on Friday, and the Cavaliers could guarantee at least a share of the region title with a win.
Dublin (Region 3-AA) and Lamar County (Region 4-AA) could also win region championships with wins over Laney and Macon County, respectively.