Butler's Bulldogs are best in class

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Butler's Jeff Menefee has helped the Bulldogs get off to a surprising 5-0 start. The Bulldogs have recorded four road shutouts.

With high school football at the midway point in the regular season, some teams are looking at the playoffs while some are just looking to finish.

 

Here's The Augusta Chronicle's midseason report card.

A-PLUS

Butler: In a matter of weeks, the Bulldogs have gone from a 41-game losing streak to a five-game winning streak.

A

Silver Bluff: The Bulldogs (5-1) have a few quality wins and are poised to claim another region championship.

North Augusta: The Yellow Jackets (5-1) have positioned themselves for a strong playoff seeding with four quality wins. Two of those victories came with starting quarterback Loranzo Hammonds on the bench with a shoulder injury.

A-MINUS

Lincoln County: The Red Devils (5-1) appear locked in to win another region title.

Aquinas: It should make the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

Fox Creek: Yes, the schedule is weaker, but the Predators (6-1) will likely secure their first-ever state playoff spot.

Williston-Elko: The Blue Devils (6-1) have rattled off six consecutive wins with an average of 59 points per game.

Thomson: Despite the loss to Washington County, the Bulldogs (4-1) have since won two in a row.

Burke County: The Bears (3-2) have dominated area schools, scoring at least 57 points in their three wins.

Swainsboro: The 5-0 Tigers have scored at least 33 points in three of their past four games.

B-PLUS

Midland Valley: The Mustangs (3-3) knocked off region rival Airport, putting themselves in the driver's seat as region frontrunner.

Josey: The Eagles (3-2) have already matched the victory total of the past two seasons combined.

Laney: The Wildcats (4-2) are just four points away from being undefeated in the region.

Washington County: After a slow start, the Golden Hawks (3-1-1) have rebounded to look like one of the Region 3-AAA favorites.

Jefferson County: A tie and a one-point overtime loss are the only blemishes for the Warriors (4-1-1).

Edmund Burke: The Spartans (4-1) are on their way to another winning season.

B

Evans: The Knights (4-1) are on pace to win at least eight games for fourth season in a row.

Blackville-Hilda: The Hawks (4-2) are 4-0 at home.

B-MINUS

Aiken: The 3-0 start has been overshadowed by the current three-game losing streak.

Strom Thurmond: Back-to-back losses have wiped away any momentum the Rebels (4-2) had.

Grovetown: The Warriors (2-3) are a few breaks away from being unbeaten.

C-PLUS

Warren County: The Screaming Devils (4-2) will be in the mix to make the Class A playoffs again.

Briarwood: The Bucs (2-3) have won two region games after opening with three losses against teams that are a combined 12-3-1.

C

Thomas Jefferson: Running back Michael Bridges has been outstanding as the Jaguars (3-2-1) are riding a three-game winning streak.

Wagener-Salley: The War Eagles (1-6) still have a long way to go, but they snapped a 19-game losing streak earlier this year.

Westminster: The Wildcats won their first game in the opening contest in program history but haven't won since.

Augusta Christian: The Lions (3-3) have struggled on defense at times this year.

C-MINUS

Ridge Spring-Monetta: T he Trojans (2-4) are once again facing the possibility of a losing season.

Westside: The Patriots (1-4) have been overmatched a few times under coach Steve Hibbitts.

Harlem: The Bulldogs (1-4) opened the season against three tough foes but have looked better lately.

Glenn Hills: Andrew Young is in his first year and has only one win (1-4), but it was a blowout against Westside.

Richmond Academy: The Musketeers (2-3) have taken their hits the past two weeks, but the offense remains dangerous.

Brentwood: A win over Robert Toombs started off region play right for the War Eagles (2-2-1).

Screven County: Offense has been a concern for the Gamecocks (2-4).

Barnwell: The Warhorses have won two of their past three to rebound from an 0-3 start.

Wardlaw: The Patriots (2-3) have a habit of participating in high-scoring contests.

Cross Creek: Under first-year coach Travis Nixon, the Razorbacks (0-5) have been close to victory.

D

Lakeside: Injuries to key Panthers (2-4) derailed the team's chances of getting off to a good start.

Greenbrier: The Wolfpack (1-4) saw their season take a turn for the worse when quarterback Scott Reeder broke his collarbone in Week 3.

Washington-Wilkes: The Tigers (1-4) are allowing almost 29 points per game.

Curtis Baptist: The Crusaders (0-5) have lost four games by seven or fewer points.

South Aiken: The Thoroughbreds (0-6) had a difficult non-region schedule and face the possibility of a winless season.

Hephzibah: It's been a rough three weeks for the Rebels (1-4), as the offense has struggled.

Jenkins County: Two of the five losses have been by seven points or less.

McCormick: The Chiefs (2-4) have allowed 34 or more points in their losses.

INCOMPLETE

Glascock County: The Panthers are 2-3 against a non-region schedule.

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