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High School Football: What we learned

Like the not-so-old days

Dublin — with five backs averaging at least 9.1 yards a carry — improved to 5-0 with its 42-0 thumping of East Laurens, making the average score in that series 45-11 since the Falcons beat Dublin for the first time, 46-17 in 2012. The Irish last were 5-0 in 2011 when they finished 11-2.

Strength in numbers

With non-region play concluding Friday in GHSA Region 7A-1A, the Macon private schools are a combined 13-3. Both FPD and Tattnall Square are unbeaten, while Stratford is 3-1 following an impressive win over Lincoln County and Mount de Sales is 2-2. With playoff expansion in Class 1A to 24 teams, all four Macon private schools were in playoff position when the latest power ratings were released Tuesday.

Back on track

Losing by 28 points at home stings, and Macon County was stung after that happened two weeks ago against Fitzgerald. The Bulldogs apparently didn't pout during the bye week, racking up more than 750 yards in total offense in beating Taylor County 63-27 in a key Region 4B-1A game. Next goal is to get out of Friday's game at Northside in full health for the region run.

Finally

Warner Robins entered the season with plenty of new to deal with, but the Demons weren't prepared to challenge the 0-7 start of 2010. Thanks to another solid defensive game and a solid offensive game to match, the Demons got past West Laurens in a defensive battle for their first win of the year.

Nooo problem

Houston County was on the road, really on the road and not just a short drive away, against a quality team, and was down 17-0 early. A big-play touchdown for the Bears ended the first half, they stormed back to take the lead and recovered an onside kick in the final two minutes to survive Spalding 28-24. That the Bears trailed that bad will draw attention, but the comeback is an attention-getter, too.

Finally, The Sequel

The season has been brutal for Westfield, outscored 136-13 in its first five games. But the streak was broken with the 31-13 win over Westminster, which was 1-3 and off a 54-20 win over Dominion Christian.

Worth the wait

Crawford County lost 53-0 to Lamar County on Nov. 8, 2013. That was the Eagles' last region game until Friday night. And Crawford County pulled off something of an upset by knocking off Hawkinsville 28-7. The Red Devils won the Class 1A public title only two years ago, during which Crawford County was not competing in region play. The last time the Eagles were 1-0 in region play? Try 2007, when they beat Manchester 27-6 in mid-September en route to a 5-5 season after a 4-0 start.

Going backwards fast

Dodge County opened the season at No. 4 in the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class 2A poll, and seemed to justify that with a quality loss to then-No. 3 Vidalia and a win over Class 4A West Laurens. But since then, the Indians have lost by seven to Class 3A Appling County and by nine to unranked Class A Dooly County. The Indians, 11-1 last year, never led in losing 26-19 to Southwest to fall to 1-4, their worst start since beginning the 2010 season 0-5.

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