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
With a win, the 6-1 Gamecocks will get the region title as long as they don’t lose to Josey and Dublin (a combined 2-12). East Laurens has the potential to put up some big points, but Jeremy Johnson and the Screven County offense should score more. The Gamecocks will pull away late.
Screven County, 28-14
Laney at Josey
The Wildcats have owned this series, taking 32 of 46 meetings, including nine of the past 10. Looking at how this season has gone for Josey, Laney shouldn’t have much trouble adding to its victory total. With George Myers, the Wildcats will score early and often.
Butler at Richmond Academy
The Musketeers rebounded from a loss to Burke County by routing Hephzibah, 42-0. Butler also beat the Rebels badly at 44-6, but that remains the Bulldogs’ only win this season. It will still be after Friday.
Richmond Academy, 38-13
Glenn Hills at Cross Creek
This is an important game for both, particularly for Cross Creek. The Razorbacks are 2-2 in the region after back-to-back wins where they allowed only 19 total points. The Spartans lost to Burke County last week, but there’s no shame in that. Glenn Hills would be 2-2 in the region with a win.
Glenn Hills, 21-17
Jones County at Lakeside
With three consecutive wins, the Panthers are on a roll. If they get another victory, they’ll move to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in Region 2-AAAAA. Jones County is blocking that path, but Lakeside’s offense should stay hot with another impressive outing.
Warren County at Aquinas
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Irish, who have lost to Lincoln County and Wilkinson County to fall to 5-2. But a game against Warren County should be medicine, as the Screaming Devils are 1-6. They’ve had some close losses the past two weeks, but the Screaming Devils may not keep it tight this time.
Harlem at Dublin
Both have one region win, and Josey was the victim for each. Still, with another win, the Bulldogs will match their victory total for 2010 and 2011 (three), and it’s possible they will get it this week. But Harlem will have to do it on the road, where it hasn’t won since the final game of the 2010 season.