Washington County won one matchup of unbeatens. Now it must take another.
The Golden Hawks, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, beat Class AA No. 1 Lovett 36-33 in overtime on Friday to improve to 5-0.
But Washington County gets another perfect team this Friday, as it is home against 6-0 Jefferson County. The Warriors are ranked fifth in Class AAA and just beat Dodge County.
The Golden Hawks and Warriors have played each other 11 times, with Washington County going 9-1-1.
HELLO AGAIN: Williston-Elko has dominated Region 4-A for so long that it takes some effort to find when the Blue Devils last lost a region game.
According to scprepcountry.com, it came in 2008 against rival Blackville-Hilda.
Since then, Williston-Elko has won 30 region games in a row, including Friday night’s 27-7 win at Fox Creek.
Now the Blue Devils will travel to take on Hunter-Kinard-Tyler and star running back Jarius Jenkins.
Jenkins played two seasons for Williston-Elko, rushing for more than 1,000 yards each season, before transferring to H-K-T over the summer because his family had moved into the new school’s zone.
“We’ve got a big game next week,” Williston-Elko coach Dwayne Garrick said. “H-K-T is very good. Jarius was with us, now he’s with those guys, and he’s run the ball extremely well.”
WESTSIDE’S STORY: After losing a tough game to Lakeside, Westside (4-2) came out flat in a region-opening defeat at Dublin. That’s what made the Patriots’ game against Harlem even more pressing.
To make matters worse, Westside played minus six defensive starters. Patriots coach Steve Hibbitts expects five of the six to return when Westside plays Friday at Laney.
“We just needed something to get our confidence back,” Hibbitts said about his team’s 20-18 victory over Harlem. “We needed a region win. We needed a quality win against a quality team to get us back on track, because we’re going to see a quality team next week.”
MILESTONE: Augusta Prep's Nolan Brandon rushed for 184 yards this week against East Atlanta. The performance put him at 1,082 rushing yards for the season – the first time an Augusta Prep player has reached the 1,000-yard mark.
Staff writers John Boyette and Chris Gay contributed to this story.