The Bears lost 32-21 to Class AAAAA Lowndes last week.
A turnover proved costly as Burke County settled for a split of its two games against tough foes from outside the area.
Last season, the Bears lost to Baldwin and Lowndes by a combined 42 points. This year, Burke County finished plus-7 after beating Baldwin 31-14 earlier this season.
Parker can see the positive side of Friday’s defeat. He said playing a school two classifications higher will make the Bears better, and issues they had – reading the Wing-T and competing in front of a loud crowd – are fixable.
“We can be really good or slide back to mediocrity,” Parker said. “We’re close. We’re really close to being a real good football team.”
SCORING BARRAGE: Thomson has scored in all 12 quarters and two overtimes this season. Out of those 12 quarters, the Bulldogs have scored in double digits seven times.
Thomson, which has scored 155 points, is on its best three-game scoring run since October 2005 when it scored 159 points in wins against Richmond Academy, Glenn Hills and Butler.
The video-game like scoring might not stop at three games. Thomson’s next opponent is Hephzibah, which it has beaten 16 consecutive times.
PLAYING UP: Lincoln County produced a 43-13 rout of Greenbrier on Friday night. It continued the Red Devils’ trend of beating bigger schools.
Against Georgia schools in Class AA and higher, the Class A powerhouse has gone 10-0 since 2007. Lincoln County’s last loss to a bigger-class school was a 3-0 defeat to Class AA Washington-Wilkes in the third game of the 2006 season.
That same year, Lincoln County won the state championship.
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BIG GAMES THIS WEEK
All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday
BUTLER AT GROVETOWN
Both won by a comfortable margin to move to 3-0. The Bulldogs escaped last year’s meeting, 26-21, on a score with less than a minute remaining.
EVANS AT NORTH AUGUSTA
The Yellow Jackets have won 11 of their past 12 and beat the Knights by 13 last year.
SILVER BLUFF AT STROM THURMOND
A Silver Bluff loss to Midland Valley kept this from being a matchup of unbeatens.
WARREN COUNTY AT LINCOLN COUNTY
Though both are 4-0, Lincoln County has history on its side. The Red Devils have won 36 meetings in a row.
WILKINSON COUNTY AT AQUINAS
The Fighting Irish have won three in a row but 4-0 Wilkinson County makes the trip to Augusta. Aquinas lost by only six points last year.
Staff writer Justin Williams contributed to this story.