Five games to watch

AQUINAS AT WASHINGTON-WILKES

 

RECORDS: Aquinas 5-2, 3-0 Region 7-A, Washington-Wilkes 4-3, 3-0

KEY PLAYERS: Aquinas-Sr. WR/DB George Welch, Sr. RB/LB Joseph Douglas, Sr. WR/DE Bradley White. Washington-Wilkes-Jr. WR Deondre Lester, Soph. QB Donovan Anthony, Sr. DE Devonta Owens

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Two of the hottest Georgia area Class A programs are set to meet in a game that could determine who represents Subregion B in the Region 7-A championship. Aquinas enters on a four-game winning streak with two consecutive shutouts. The Irish offense has started to click with the trio of John Paul, Joseph Douglas and George Welch leading the way, while the defense continues to be one of the most productive in the area. Washington-Wilkes has responded from three losses in a row to win three straight based on a high-flying offense led by Donovan Anthony and Deondre Lester. Washington-Wilkes owns the series 14-4, but the two have split the past four meetings.

GREENBRIER AT EVANS

RECORDS: Greenbrier 5-2, 0-2 Region 3-AAAAAA, Evans 5-2, 2-0

KEY PLAYERS: Greenbrier-Sr. OL Eric Chatman, Jr. RB J.Q. Brown, Sr. DE Tarael Hooks. Evans-Sr. ATH Corey Watkins, Jr. QB Damekus Taylor, Sr. DE Coby Germany

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The two county rivals enter another chapter on opposite ends of the region. Greenbrier is looking to stop the bleeding after losing its first two region games, while Evans is trying to further its hold atop the region alongside Lakeside. Both of Greenbrier’s losses were close and the Wolfpack remain a tough test for a strong, balanced Evans team. Evans leads the series 10-7, including five consecutive victories. The Knights won last year, 14-7.

RICHMOND ACADEMY AT HEPHZIBAH

RECORDS: Richmond Academy 3-4, 0-2 Region 3-AAAA, Hephzibah 4-3, 1-1

KEY PLAYERS: Richmond Academy-Sr. RB Malik Knowles, Jr. QB Mason Cobb, Sr. LB Terry Bland. Hephzibah-Sr. QB Max Lockwood, Jr. RB Rayquan Riley, Jr. DE Elijah Mayes

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: This matchup has the potential to determine the final playoff seed from Region 3-AAAA. Neither team has made the playoffs in several seasons, making it a crucial county matchup. Hephzibah reeled off a four-game winning streak until falling to Thomson, while Richmond Academy is trying to halt a four-game skid after winning its first three. The Musketeers lead the series 16-8, including seven consecutive wins.

NORTH AUGUSTA AT MIDLAND VALLEY

RECORDS: North Augusta 8-0, 2-0 Region 4-AAAA, Midland Valley 2-6, 1-1

KEY PLAYERS: North Augusta-Sr. QB Landon Washington, Sr. RB Derius Gibson, Sr. ATH DeJuan Bell. Midland Valley-Sr. OL/DL Tyrese Cohen, Sr. ATH Raekwon Jackson, Sr. WR/DB Will Sheehan

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: North Augusta continues to roll after beating South Aiken 21-7 this past Friday to emerge as the region frontrunner. The fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets can further tighten its grip on the top spot and inch another game closer to a perfect regular season with a win at Midland Valley. The Mustangs lost their first six but have beaten Aiken and A.C. Flora the past two weeks. They have their hands full against a stacked North Augusta roster, but Midland Valley’s offense is always capable of racking up yards.

BAMBERG-EHRHARDT AT BARNWELL

RECORDS: Bamberg-Ehrhardt 7-1, 3-0 Region 5-AA, Barnwell 8-0, 3-0

KEY PLAYERS: Bamberg-Ehrhardt-Jr. ATH A.J. Williams, Jr. RB Javalas Folk, Sr. WR/DB Jerrald Manigault. Barnwell-Sr. RB Mykal Lee, Sr. LB Jackson Carter, Jr. RB Brandon Harvey

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: These two have been rolling toward this meeting with perfect region records, setting up a potential region championship game at Barnwell. The Warhorses have done it in different ways to show their deep, balanced roster, led by running backs Brandon Harvey and Mykal Lee and linebacker Jackson Carter. The Red Raiders have succeeded largely on defense, racking up three shutouts and six games allowing single digits. The state will be watching this matchup.

 

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