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.
Burke County at Richmond Academy
The Bears keep on winning, and they’re doing so convincingly. Burke County has scored 105 points total the past two weeks, and it’s not impossible it could get to 50 points again. The Bears will roll in the schools’ first meeting since 1999 (a 14-12 Musketeers win).
Burke County, 48-14
Butler at Glenn Hills
The Bulldogs got on track with a 38-point win against Hephzibah to end the four-game losing streak to start the year. Glenn Hills is on the opposite end, having lost four in a row after beginning its season 1-0. It should be a close game, but Butler will get its second consecutive road win.
Laney at Westside
What a year it’s been for Westside, at least so far. The Patriots are 5-1 and 2-0 in the region after wins against Dublin and Harlem. But this is a great test. Laney is the perfect measuring stick for any Augusta school, and the Wildcats are going to be angry after the one-point loss to Screven County.
Thomson at Swainsboro
The Bulldogs keep rallying and winning, but they probably won’t need to rally again. Chris Jordan and the rushing attack will be tough to stop for a Swainsboro team that just lost to Statesboro by 25. The Tigers seem to be better than they were in 2011, but they’re not good enough to knock off Thomson.
Washington County at Jefferson County
We’re getting closer to a possible showdown of unbeatens with Washington County and Thomson, but Jefferson County could have a say in that. After losing to Evans, the Warriors have posted two shutouts in a row, blanking both Wesleyan and Dodge County. But the Golden Hawks are 8-1-1 in this series.
Washington County, 34-14
Jones County at Evans
This is an important game for both, as the victor moves to 2-1 in the region. The Knights just survived against Greenbrier, but the Greyhounds also had a close win against the Wolfpack. This is the first meeting since 2005, and this year’s game could be considered a tossup.
Hephzibah at Cross Creek
With the teams a combined 0-11, someone will get to taste victory for the first time in 2012. As the home team, the Razorbacks could get the slight edge as they look to beat the Rebels for the second consecutive season. I think Cross Creek has enough offense to get the job done.
Cross Creek, 28-21