Some tired people: From the refs to the players to the coaches, most everybody on hand for Fitzgerald’s 57-26 win over Macon County was probably exhausted. They saw 83 points and more than 1,000 yards in the battle of top-10 Class AA teams at Jaycee Stadium in Fitzgerald.
Front seven smackdown: Westside’s defensive front seven took Central out of its passing game Friday. The Seminoles put pressure on Central quarterback Derrick Evans all night, holding him to two attempts (both incompletions) in the first half and a 4-of-9, 69-yard passing game total. He averaged 249 yards per game heading into the contest.
Rough rebuilding: There were those who didn’t quite get the level of rebuilding on tap at Washington County. Maybe the 33-27 loss at Burke County shows how much veteran talent the Golden Hawks lost. Their last 0-4 record was in 1983, part of an 0-8 start. Still, they’re a Region 3-AAA favorite.
Big lick of the week: Westside defensive tackle Kareem Warren delivered one of the biggest hits so far this season on the final play of the third quarter against Central. The Chargers faced a first-and-20 following a holding call, and Warren, a 5-foot-11, 299-pound senior, quickly penetrated the backfield and nailed Central’s running back just as he was taking the ball. Central’s 7-yard loss was followed two plays later by a 17-yard setback on a flea-flicker attempt that was mishandled, and Central faced fourth-and-40 when it punted. Westside scored on the ensuing possession to tie it at 14.
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Passing 1,000: Quarterbacks K’hari Lane of Macon County and Jake Fromm of Houston County are the first area players to crack 1,000 yards. Up next: quarterbacks Courvoisier King of Howard and Derrick Evans of Central, and running back JD King of Fitzgerald.
Familiar record, but with more kick: With its win Thursday over Jordan, Southwest is 2-2 overall, the same spot it was in a year ago. This year, however, the Patriots are scoring a lot more points. Southwest has scored 112 points so far this season, reaching double figures in all four games, compared to a total of 45 through four games last year.
Still perfect: A full four weeks into the season, and Middle Georgia has 10 unbeaten teams in the GHSA. Northside, Houston County, Howard, Mary Persons, Upson-Lee, Dodge County, Westside, Fitzgerald, Dublin and East Laurens are all undefeated. Jeff Davis fell out after a tough 20-17 loss at Long County, and Tattnall Square was surprised 42-19 by Hancock Central.