By: Wayne Staats on October 9, 2012 - 1:33pm - Add new comment

It’s now the second week in October, meaning Heisman talk has gained steam, with most of it about West Virginia’s Geno Smith, whose numbers are plain silly.


But what about the area’s equivalent to the Heisman? Who are the top Player of the Year contenders for high school football?


By: Wayne Staats on October 8, 2012 - 1:59pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-6-0

2. Washington County-6-0

3. Burke County-5-1

4. Strom Thurmond-6-1

5. North Augusta-5-2

6. Aquinas-5-0

7. Silver Bluff-6-1

8. Washington-Wilkes-5-1

9. Lincoln County-4-1

10. Augusta Christian-7-0


By: Wayne Staats on October 4, 2012 - 3:52pm - Add new comment

Hancock Central at Aquinas

The 3-1 Bulldogs have looked impressive – no shame in that 43-0 loss to Buford – and are 1-0 in the region after easily beating Warren County. But Aquinas is a different animal, an undefeated one, even. The Irish will be 5-0.

Aquinas, 28-7


Wayne County at Burke County

Expect the accolades and impressive numbers to continue to pour in for Donquell Green. The junior should get another three touchdowns or more this week, and 150+ rushing yards are possible if he plays enough. Bears roll.

By: Wayne Staats on October 1, 2012 - 5:36pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-5-0

2. Washington County-5-0

3. Burke County-4-1

4. Strom Thurmond-5-1

5. North Augusta-4-2

6. Washington-Wilkes-5-0

7. Aquinas-4-0

8. Silver Bluff-5-1

9. Lincoln County-3-1

10. Augusta Christian-6-0


-Not much has changed this week, with Nos. 1 through 9 the same. Also, just like it was a week ago, the top four have separated themselves from everyone else.


-Augusta Christian is the only new team to the poll. The Lions replace Evans, who lost 34-6 to a very good Warner Robins team.

By: Wayne Staats on September 28, 2012 - 11:47am - Add new comment

Greenbrier at Jones County

This is the region opener for both schools, and Greenbrier had two weeks to prepare. It’s also the first meeting since 2005, when the Wolfpack won by 29. Though Greenbrier has won three of four meetings, the Greyhounds’ offense is better than Greenbrier’s.


Jones County, 28-7



Northside (Warner Robins) at Lakeside

By: Wayne Staats on September 24, 2012 - 4:57pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-4-0

2. Washington County-5-0

3. Burke County-3-1

4. Strom Thurmond-4-1

5. North Augusta-4-2

6. Washington-Wilkes-4-0

7. Aquinas-3-0

8. Silver Bluff-4-1

9. Lincoln County-2-1

10. Evans-2-1


-The top four are way in front of everyone else, and you could make a case that Strom Thurmond or Thomson or Washington County could/should be No. 1. But I think Thomson’s wins against Burke County and St. Pius X are incredibly impressive.


By: Wayne Staats on September 20, 2012 - 2:48pm - Add new comment

Josey at Aquinas

This is just the seventh time the Eagles and Irish have met, and the first since 1977. Josey leads 3-2-1, but Aquinas is one of the best teams in Class A. The Irish should have success running the ball and will be 3-0 heading into region play.

Aquinas, 35-7


Statesboro at Burke County

By: Wayne Staats on September 17, 2012 - 2:09pm - Add new comment

1. Thomson-3-0

2. Washington County-4-0

3. Burke County-2-1

4. Strom Thurmond-3-1

5. Silver Bluff-4-0

6. North Augusta-3-2

7. Laney-2-1

8. Washington-Wilkes-3-0

9. Aquinas-2-0

10. Lincoln County-2-1


Some poll thoughts:

-Another week, another No. 1 ranking for Thomson. The Bulldogs have been great this season, and the 21-14 win against St. Pius X only strengthens their grip on the top spot.


By: Wayne Staats on September 14, 2012 - 1:13pm - Add new comment

Burke County at Coffee

This should help gauge where the Bears are at right now. How much have they improved since the season-opening defeat to Thomson? A road trip to play a Class AAAAAA school will be a great test, but it’s one I don’t see Burke County winning.

Coffee, 28-20


Laney at Glenn Hills

By: Wayne Staats on September 10, 2012 - 3:37pm - Add new comment

1. Even after a defeat, Laney should still be considered one of the area’s best teams. Westminster is a top-10 contender in Class AA – just like the Wildcats – but Laney looked like the better team. The Wildcats put up 464 yards and always seemed to be threatening to score.


The next step for Laney? Finish those drives.


2. Congrats to Glenn Hills, who was a 29-point victor against Josey. Among the Spartans’ accomplishments:

-At 1-0, they’ve already matched 2011’s win total.

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