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Butler's Bulldogs are best in class

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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.

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

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.

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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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CCSports
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CCSports 10/08/10 - 06:39 am
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Shouldn't this with the

Shouldn't this with the comics instead of the sports section? Evans only loss comes to a team who had been your #1 most of the year and they rate a B. All of Lakesides losses are against teams with a COMBINED w/l total of 19 - 3. 2 of those by a total of 3 points and they rate a D while Grovetown with 2 wins against teams with a combined record of 1 & 9 deserves a B Minus. How about 1 - 6 teams rating a C? Josey gets a B + for 3 wins against teams that are 2 - 13 while giving up over 50 points in each loss. Sorry guys, even the BCS system is better than this!

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pighead 10/08/10 - 09:03 am
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Cross Creek a C? What more

Cross Creek a C? What more do they have to do to earn an F? You writers should hold these programs more accountable. This article reminds me of the soccer moms who likes to give non first place trophies to everyone on their team.

a fan
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a fan 10/08/10 - 10:11 am
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Best teams in the area

Best teams in the area Most Overrated teams
1. Lincoln Co. 1. All of Columbia Co.
2. Williston Elko 2. Butler
3. Burke Co. 3. Fox Creek
4. Washington Co. 4. Josey
5. N. Augusta 5. Cross Creek

SAugustateacher
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SAugustateacher 10/08/10 - 11:44 am
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I am sorry, but Washington

I am sorry, but Washington County is going to destroy Butler tonight. Burke County and North Augusta are the best two teams in the area by far with Washington County and Thomson a little behind. The Richmond County high schools are horrible.

goldenhawk
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goldenhawk 10/08/10 - 12:09 pm
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This is why the sports

This is why the sports writers at Augusta Chronicle dont get no respect lol....Butler opponents are a combine 6-20 this season,i understand they the feel good story of the year but if they get blasted tonight,man they might fall hard and not recover......Burke got the doors blew off by lowndes and got beat by Baldwin and they higher than us..Thomson who we man handle above us...Washington County tie with Jefferson co a game where we should have won and loss a tough fought game against statesboro

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philsreel 10/08/10 - 01:19 pm
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I have to agree with all the

I have to agree with all the comments. North Augusta is by far the top team in the CSRA.I'm a Josey alumni and I know that the Richmond County schools are crappy.Laney,Richmond Academy,and maybe surprisingly Aquinas are the top schools in Richmond County.However kudos to Butler's great season.

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junkyardpig 10/08/10 - 05:52 pm
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burke county lost 2 games to

burke county lost 2 games to power houses baldwin county(AAAA) and Loundes county(AAAAA) and have destroyed the local schools. but they get very little coverage in the news. I am happy that butler has risen from its grave, but tonight may be a bit much for them and burke county will own them in waynesboro in 4 weeks. go bears

a fan
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a fan 10/08/10 - 09:48 pm
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Goldenhawk I'm sorry but

Goldenhawk I'm sorry but their strength of schedule isn't that tough. You tied AA Jefferson Co. (by the way Burke Co. blew them out in the scrimmage) and you lost to Statesboro. Losing to a nationally ranked team is different than losing to an average team.

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simp308z 10/08/10 - 10:32 pm
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Like i said last week, Butler

Like i said last week, Butler has had a good seaon so far. But who have they played worth playing. Burke Co has been waiting on WACO all year because of last year game. Butler will loose one more game and the the playoffs. Good luck Bulldogs, Go BEARS!!!!

goldenhawk
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goldenhawk 10/09/10 - 12:30 am
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Hope Burke got that leaking

Hope Burke got that leaking defense fixed cuz last year we ran all over it and yall best shot at beating us was last year when yall had the beast at QB.....Lowndes hasn't been nationally ranked since they lost in week 2 lol.......Baldwin is AAA team and don't you have to win at least one championship b4 you can be called a power house and Baldwin have none.....

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notme 10/09/10 - 12:44 am
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simp308z, what do you know of

simp308z, what do you know of JEFFCO. So called blowout in a scrimmage with a Warrior QB on one good leg. Burke County is a better team than WACO. Now have improved? We shall see. JEFFCO has the smallest defense in the CSRA. They were luckey to get WACO (a rival) and Effingham County. JEFFCO has a class program and not many teams in the CSRA want to play them.

simp308z
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simp308z 10/09/10 - 04:34 am
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notme, b4 real. Burke Co will

notme, b4 real. Burke Co will crush Jefferson Co this year. Waiting on them Golden Hawks!!!!

goldenhawk
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goldenhawk 10/09/10 - 09:04 am
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Simp308z...we got one of the

Simp308z...we got one of the best 4 man pass rushes yall gonna see this year and always our ground and pound will kill yall like it have the past 2 yrs.........PS we got a good pass game this year

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