WHO'S HOT: North Augusta. The Jackets (2-0) had to worry about keeping their heads up last year. Now coach Dan Pippin needs to make sure those heads don't swell so much they pop.
The team has doubled its win total from 2006. The program had won just eight games over its past three full seasons.
That's some kind of start taking into account that history.
WHO'S NOT: Ridge Spring-Monetta. The Trojans (0-2) have followed up the best year in their history with tepid play so far.
They graduated their top player over the past two seasons in quarterback Devonne Quattlebaum, but it's safe to say the 2006 Class A Lower State champs aren't happy to be 0-2 right now.
BEST WIN LAST WEEK: Warren County 33, Washington-Wilkes 13. It's hard to think of an area win over the past few years that sent out shock waves any stronger than this result did last Friday. Everyone expected Warren to be good, but good enough to do this to the Tigers?
It makes one wonder what the folks in Lincolnton thought of it.
Were the Red Devils happy to see their rival taken down? Or did it make them wonder if the Screaming Devils are good enough to take the region later this fall?
BIG GAMES THIS WEEK
1. Strom Thurmond (1-1) at Laney (1-0): Go see two athletic and physical teams who know the right way to play the game.
This will be the fourth consecutive year the schools play. Strom has a 2-1 edge, but each game has been among the top 10 played each fall.
2. Greenbrier (1-0) at Lakeside (1-0): The loser in this one faces a hard road in Region 3-AAAA. The winner takes a step toward playoff contention.
HANNAH UPDATE: Eric Hannah Sr. sounded thankful to discuss his son's progress at Jefferson County's game on Friday.
Linebacker Eric Hannah Jr. was an All-Area player last fall for Jefferson County. He was seriously injured in a two-car accident that claimed two lives last month.
"He can move his eyes now and wiggle his toes," Hannah Sr. said. "I've got him squeezing a football. He's just had severe head swelling from head trauma."
He expects his son to resume his career. Hannah had a junior college scholarship offer from Dean College in Massachusetts. He was scheduled to join the team three days after his accident.
His father said that offer is still on the table.
"I talked to his coach up there and he said Eric can come up there in January if he's able," Hannah Sr. said. "God's got something in store for my son to pull him through all this. His coach said he's got a spot to go play up there whenever he wants it."
WESTSIDE INJURY: Westside senior Sanders Commings said Monday that he had a cracked fibula in his left leg. He suffered the injury in the second half of a 24-14 loss at Greenbrier. Commings anticipates he'll miss the next three games. Commings has scholarship offers from Georgia, Auburn, Maryland and South Carolina.
Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.