Glenn Hills has won just two games out of its last 42 and hasn't made a playoff appearance since 1984. But the Spartans, surprisingly, are leading Region 3-AAAA.
True, Glenn Hills and Cross Creek are the only two teams to have played a region contest, and when the Spartans beat the Razorbacks 21-6 on Sept. 6, they moved to the top of the standings.
But don't curb Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry's enthusiasm.
Any type of win for the Spartans is cause for celebration.
"It feels real good," Curry said. "We're the only team that's (won) a region game, but our team is excited. Even last year, when we were 0-9 going into the last game, we stayed excited. We've seen a difference this year."
So has Josey, which will play host to Glenn Hills on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles beat Hephzibah last week for only their second win in 22 chances and the first of coach Barney Chavous' career.
"Both of us are young and still rebuilding," Curry said. "But it's going to be a good ball game."
HAWKINBERRY MAKES APPEARANCE: Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis said Tuesday he's not sure if quarterback Mike Hawkinberry will play this Friday against Warren County.
But Hawkinberry - whose youngest brother, 8-year-old Andrew, died in a car accident Friday - attended practice Monday and was scheduled to do the same Tuesday.
"My thinking is that maybe it's the best thing for him to be out here to get everything off his mind," Lewis said. "He's been told that whatever he wants to do, it's up to him. I'll stand by it."
SHERRILL DAY-TO-DAY: As disappointed as they were during last week's loss to Josey, the Hephzibah coaches' face turned grim when they discovered junior running back/defensive back Rent Sherrill lying on the ground and moaning in pain after the game.
On the last play of the Rebels' 27-9 loss, Sherrill caught the ball across the middle before either a helmet or face mask bashed his right wrist.
Early diagnosis showed the wrist was broken, but X-rays showed the wrist had been badly sprained instead.
"Right now, he's day-to-day," Hephzibah coach Todd Booker said. "He'll wear a soft cast on Wednesday, and he might play a little bit of defense on Friday."
LITTLE CHANGE IN POLL: In Tuesday's Associated Press poll, Thomson remained the top-ranked team in Class AAAA with 16 of 16 first-place votes.
In Class AAA, Laney moved up a spot to No. 5 while Washington County, which didn't play last week, fell two spots to eighth.
In Class AA, although Washington-Wilkes is 1-2, the Tigers dropped only three spots to No. 8.
In Class A, Lincoln County rose a spot to No. 7.
In South Carolina, Silver Bluff fell to No. 6 in Class AA while Class A's Blackville-Hilda stayed in the third spot.
Reach Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.