Record: 5-1 overall, 2-0 region.
Remaining schedule: Friday, at Veterans; Oct. 16, vs. Baldwin; Oct. 30, at Perry; Nov. 6, vs. Mary Persons.
Scouting report: Darius Bradford is among the top running backs in the state and has a strong offensive line this year. The Raiders are more run-oriented than a year ago, and the defense has improved. They’ve been mistake-prone in recent weeks and survived, but that’s dangerous in such a balanced region.
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Record: 5-0 overall, 1-0 region
Remaining schedule: Friday, at Howard; Oct. 16, vs. Upson-Lee; Oct. 23, at Veterans; Oct. 30, vs. Baldwin; Nov. 6, at West Laurens.
Scouting report: The Bulldogs keep finding ways to win, taking advantage of mistakes on a regular basis while avoiding too many of their own. They might not necessarily dominate, but undefeated is undefeated, and that won’t change unless somebody matches their efficiency, consistency and patience.
Record: 2-3 overall, 1-0 region.
Remaining schedule: Friday, vs. West Laurens; Oct. 16, at Perry; Oct. 23, vs. Mary Persons; Oct. 29, at Howard; Nov. 6, vs. Upson-Lee.
Scouting report: The Warhawks have new life after following up the bruising early schedule with a 20-point win at Baldwin to open region play. They were 0-5 at this point a year ago before finishing fairly well. Being rejuvenated with a few wins puts Veterans very much in a contender role.
Record: 5-1 overall, 1-1 region.
Remaining schedule: Friday, vs. Mary Persons; Oct. 23, at Upson-Lee; Oct. 29, vs. Veterans; Nov. 6, at Baldwin.
Scouting report: The Huskies already have clinched their best season in program history, and a playoff spot would be a first for the program. Friday’s game against Mary Persons likely will be Howard’s biggest test of the season, with the Huskies playing their final three opponents to close losses a year ago.
Record: 4-1 overall, 1-1 region.
Remaining schedule: Friday, vs. Perry; Oct. 16, at Mary Persons; Oct. 23, vs. Howard; Oct. 30, vs. Osborne (non-region); Nov. 6, at Veterans.
Scouting report: The Knights are going backward a little bit on the scoreboard, with fewer points scored and more given up in recent weeks, mostly from the schedule getting tougher. Quay Reviere is as good as any back in the region, and defensive lineman David Marshall is an SEC/ACC prospect.
Record: 3-3 overall, 0-2 region.
Remaining schedule: Oct. 16, at West Laurens; Oct. 23, vs. Perry; Oct. 30, at Mary Persons; Oct. 6, vs. Howard.
Scouting report: The Braves have been without last year’s starting quarterback, Felix Jones, because of injury, and they graduated quality on both sides of the ball. Thus consistency is an issue, and they’re often just missing, as was the case in an eight-point loss at Upson-Lee.
Record: 1-5 overall, 0-2 region.
Remaining schedule: Friday, at Upson-Lee; Oct. 16, vs. Veterans; Oct. 23, at Baldwin; Oct. 30, vs. West Laurens
Scouting report: Take away as few as three plays, Perry mistakes, in perhaps three games and the Panthers could talk about almost a .500 record. Their margin of defeat this year is 15.8 compared to 22.4 a year ago. It might almost be a surprise if the Panthers don’t upset -- or at least scare deep into the fourth quarter -- a contender.