J.B. Arnold can easily rattle off the list of foes.
The Jefferson County coach knows his team is battling through a tough schedule that has already featured Class AA power Fitzgerald, ranked third in the state, and Class AAAA Baldwin. On Friday night, the Warriors picked up their first win by beating Class AAAAA Greenbrier.
But it doesn’t get any easier. Another Class AAAAA program, Evans, is next, followed by Class AA Wesleyan. The Wolves are 45-9 since the start of the 2008 season.
After all that, region play starts. The Warriors’ region slate has Dodge County, Swainsboro, Thomson and Washington County. All of them are ranked in Class AAA.
Cook, ranked fourth in Class AA, is sandwiched in the region schedule.
WILDCATS MEET WACO: Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said he’s pleased with the way his scheduling has worked out this season. The Wildcats opened with Butler and got a big win. Then they lost a close game to a quality Class AA opponent in Westminster- Atlanta. On Friday, Laney pounded Glenn Hills on both sides of the ball.
Laney (2-1) prepares this week to play undefeated Washington County in the House of Pain in Sandersville, Ga. The Golden Hawks play in Class AAA, one class higher than the Wildcats. After the contest, Laney will take a week off before diving into Region 3-AA play.
“I could not just come out and play teams that we felt like we were much better than,” he said. “You can do that in any county rivalry, because it’s important for the fans to see the game. But at the same time, we’ve got to prepare these kids for region play. And our region play includes some top quality teams.”
Laney has a little history with Washington County, which leads the series 7-5. The Golden Hawks have won the past two games in the rivalry, but the last game between the schools was played in 2003. The Wildcats are 2-4 all-time in Sandersville.
GREEN’S GREAT NIGHT: Burke County quarterback Donquell Green had a busy night Friday.
At Coffee – a Class AAAAAA school, two classes higher than Burke County – the junior needed only 28 attempts to rush for 246 yards and just nine pass attempts to get 113 passing yards. Green had 359 total yards and scored all five Bears touchdowns.
The impressive showing helped Burke County win on the road 33-21 for its second win in a row. Since scoring just 14 points in a loss to Thomson to begin the season, the Bears have put up a combined 73 points the past two games.
BUCS DEALT BLOW: Briarwood’s 41-8 homecoming victory over David Emanuel on Friday night was marred by the loss of starting quarterback Taylor Coxwell.
The senior broke his leg while making a tackle following an interception. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.
This marks the second year in a row that Coxwell’s season has ended early because of a broken leg.