By: Wayne Staats on November 12, 2012 - 3:57pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-10-0

2. Burke County-9-1

3. Strom Thurmond-11-1

4. Washington County-9-1

5. North Augusta-9-3

6. Washington-Wilkes-9-1

7. Silver Bluff-10-1

8. Lincoln County-9-1

9. Screven County-9-1

10. Augusta Christian-12-0


-Everyone in my poll won this past week, so there’s no change. However, with the playoffs starting for GHSA schools this week (at least all those not in Class A), expect some big differences once the season is done.


By: Wayne Staats on November 8, 2012 - 2:56pm - Add new comment

Westside at Josey

The Patriots clinch a spot in the state playoffs with a victory. Though they’re dealing with some injuries, they should stop their losing streak at three games and punch their ticket to the postseason.

Westside, 28-7


Jefferson County at Thomson

Expect the Bulldogs to complete an unbeaten regular season. Jefferson County has a strong defense, but Thomson has too many playmakers to be kept quiet for very long.

Thomson, 35-14


Lakeside at Warner Robins

By: Wayne Staats on November 5, 2012 - 3:43pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-9-0

2. Burke County-8-1

3. Strom Thurmond-10-1

4. Washington County-9-1

5. North Augusta-8-3

6. Washington-Wilkes-8-1

7. Silver Bluff-9-1

8. Lincoln County-8-1

9. Screven County-8-1

10. Augusta Christian-11-0


-There are no changes to my poll this week. North Augusta did lose to Dutch Fork, but I kept it at No. 5. I think, based on talent and what they’ve accomplished, the Yellow Jackets are the fifth-best team in the area.


By: Wayne Staats on November 1, 2012 - 4:51pm - Add new comment

Richmond Academy at Cross Creek

The winner takes second place in the subregion, and Richmond Academy has the edge thanks to its line and the dangerous C.J. Welcher. The Musketeers have scored a combined 90 points the past two weeks and will get more than enough in this game.

Richmond Academy, 31-14



Evans at Lakeside

By: Wayne Staats on October 29, 2012 - 3:23pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-9-0

2. Burke County-7-1

3. Strom Thurmond-9-1

4. Washington County-8-1

5. North Augusta-8-2

6. Washington-Wilkes-7-1

7. Silver Bluff-9-1

8. Lincoln County-7-1

9. Screven County-7-1

10. Augusta Christian-10-0


-There’s no debate for No. 1. It’s Thomson, and only Thomson, with a case for No. 1. Strom Thurmond is impressively unbeaten as well, but the Bulldogs have great wins. No one else can match the Burke County-Washington County combo.


By: Wayne Staats on October 25, 2012 - 3:02pm - Add new comment

Thomson at Washington County

Finally. It’s time for these two to play one another, and they’ll do it as unbeatens. The top two teams in the Power Poll, Thomson and Washington County will be battling for the region’s top spot. The Bulldogs have a habit of winning close games this season, but the Golden Hawks have the edge, especially because they’re at home.


Washington County, 35-27



Screven County at East Laurens

By: Wayne Staats on October 22, 2012 - 2:12pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-8-0

2. Washington County-8-0

3. Burke County-7-1

4. Strom Thurmond-8-1

5. North Augusta-7-2

6. Silver Bluff-8-1

7. Washington-Wilkes-7-1

8. Lincoln County-6-1

9. Screven County-6-1

10. Augusta Christian-9-0


-So long, Aquinas. The Irish drop out after a 28-point loss to Wilkinson County. Since leading Lincoln County 10-0, Aquinas has been outscored 62-17. But the Irish do play 1-6 Warren County this Friday, so the losing streak should stop at two.


By: Wayne Staats on October 18, 2012 - 1:26pm - Add new comment

Josey at Harlem

The Eagles go on the road to end a five-game slide, but Harlem hasn’t fared much better by losing six of its first seven. Josey has also won the past two meetings, so if it avoids big turnovers, it’ll get victory No. 2 this year.

Josey, 14-12


Aquinas at Wilkinson County

How will the Irish do after the heartbreaking loss to Lincoln County? That’s going to be key as Aquinas visits a strong Warriors squad. Aquinas won by three a year ago at home; expect another close game.

Aquinas, 21-17


By: Wayne Staats on October 15, 2012 - 2:31pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-7-0

2. Washington County-7-0

3. Burke County-6-1

4. Strom Thurmond-7-1

5. North Augusta-6-2

6. Silver Bluff-7-1

7. Washington-Wilkes-6-1

8. Lincoln County-5-1

9. Aquinas-5-1

10. Augusta Christian-8-0


By: Wayne Staats on October 11, 2012 - 2:12pm - Add new comment

Lincoln County at Aquinas

This is easily the game of the week. Can Aquinas finally beat the Red Devils? For 31 games in a row in the series, Aquinas has been handed a loss. But, at least this season, each team probably can make a fair case as to why it’ll win. Because the Irish have Brendan Douglas, I think Aquinas breaks the long losing streak.

Aquinas, 21-20


Burke County at Richmond Academy

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