This side still owns region: Northside, Houston County, Jones County and Warner Robins enter the second half of the season perfect against the Augusta side of GHSA Region 2-AAAAA, although Evans almost pulled off the surprise before losing 21-19 to Warner Robins on Friday.
Clinching .500: With its win Friday over Perry, Howard (5-1) locked up a .500 regular-season mark for the first time in program history. Up next for the Huskies is a neighborhood battle of sorts with Mary Persons, which had its bye week.
Region 2-AAAA is getting tighter: The question mark has been Veterans, and the Warhawks came up with a huge 20-point road win at Baldwin, putting them in contention immediately and adding the weekly playoff feeling the rest of the season throughout the region.
Putting the D in Dodge County: It’s not really something to brag about, but Toombs County became the second team to crack double figures against Dodge County, with 13 points. The Indians are giving up 8.8 points a game.
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Jumbled race: With Jackson’s win over Westside, the Region 2-AAA standings takes on a new look. Peach County sits on top at 4-0, with Jackson a half-game back at 3-0. Westside sits at 3-1, with Southwest entering Saturday having the chance to pass Central (2-2) into fourth at 2-1 with a win that night against Spencer.
Records are tricky: With its loss to Peach County on Friday, Central sits at 3-3, just one game better than where it was this time last year. But this year’s Chargers team is much more competitive against GHSA Region 2-AAA’s top tier. The 11-point margin of victory by Peach County on Friday was the closest in the present era between the two teams (Central won twice in the early 1970s, then the teams didn’t play again until 2002), and Central played Westside to the closest game ever between the teams, taking the Seminoles to overtime before Westside won it on a field goal.
Start figuring out 3-AA tiebreakers: Nobody in the region has a losing overall record, and Dublin is suddenly in must-win mode with a pair of region losses, by a total of 10 points. East Laurens suffered its first loss Friday, and now the Falcons-Irish game on Oct. 16 is huge.
Race to the top: Wilkinson County’s shutout win over Tattnall Square opens the door to a couple of public schools taking an inside road to the sub-region title in GHSA Region 7A-A. The Warriors travel to Twiggs County, a 38-7 winner over Mount de Sales, on Friday, with the winner of that game taking at least a share of first place two games into the five-game sub-region season. Stratford has the upper hand among Bibb County private schools, with a home win over Tattnall on Friday giving the Eagles a first-place tie with the Wilkinson County-Twiggs County winner.
-- Michael A. Lough and Ron Seibel