Westside hasn’t won five games in a year since 2007.
The Patriots could reach that mark Friday against Richmond Academy, but the better reward is what would happen next week.
Westside (4-4 overall, 2-2 Region 3-AAA North) would get a chance to make the Class AAA state playoffs if it beats the Musketeers.
A win would most likely set up a visit from Washington County in a play-in game.
“All you can ask for is a chance,” Patriots coach Steve Hibbitts said.
Westside is 26-16 all-time against Richmond Academy, winning nine in a row from 1999 to 2007. But the Musketeers have won the past three meetings.
FIRST VICTORY: Either Hephzibah or Glenn Hills will be celebrating a win for the first time this season when the teams meet Friday. Both teams are 0-8, with most losses coming handily.
Though recent history suggests the Rebels have the edge with their three consecutive wins in the series, the average margin of victory is only eight points.
There will be crossover games next week, but time is running out to avoid a winless season.
The last time Hephzibah went winless in a season was in 1997. Glenn Hills went 0-10 in 2001.
MANY WEAPONS: In its 8-0 start, Thomson has scored at least 45 points in every game, averaging 55.8 points and often winning by at least 40.
The Bulldogs’ multiple options in the backfield have played a role.
Four players have rushed for at least 300 yards this season, led by quarterback Josh Jones’ 369. The group is averaging more than 9 yards per carry and has scored 27 of the Bulldogs’ 38 rushing touchdowns.
Torrie Battle has been Thomson’s biggest threat with his all-around play. Battle has 349 rushing yards, 427 receiving yards and has scored on four punt returns and a kickoff return.