THOMSON. The Bulldogs (7-1) have zapped opposing run defenses of late, thanks to LaBrandon Hudson. He's ran for more than 550 yards and 11 touchdowns during the past three games. Thomson has won those region contests by a combined tally of 130-21.
THE BUTLER AND JOSEY OFFENSES: BUTLER (1-6) HAS SCORED 12 TOTAL POINTS IN ITS past four games. Josey (0-8) was shut out by a Monticello team that had given up an average of 23 points per game during its first seven games. It was the fifth game in which the Eagles had scored fewer than 10 points this year. Butler has scored only 47 points all year.
THREE BEST WINS LAST WEEK
1. Jefferson County 14, Liberty County 13 (OT): The Warriors stay perfect thanks to a late-game fumble recovery, followed by a 45-yard completion to Charles Brown in double coverage on fourth down. The Panthers missed an extra point in OT.
2. Glenn Hills 21, Hephzibah 7: The Spartans (5-3) saved their playoff chances for another week at least.
3. Burke County 22, Benedictine 6: Antonio Jackson (172 yards) runs wild Saturday night, and one of the area's top defenses plays strong.
THREE BIG FRIDAY GAMES
THIS WEEK IS SO BIG THE LIST GROWS TO FOUR:
1. Jefferson County at Burke County: A Bears win avoids playoff hibernation. A Jefferson victory legitimizes the team's 7-0 start.
2. Lincoln County at Washington-Wilkes: Lincoln's win last year in the "378 War" sent the Tigers to the drawing board. Washington-Wilkes has reshaped itself, so far, into the top team in Region 7-A and maybe all of Class A.
3. Westside at Laney: Westside shocked a more talented Laney team last year. But these Wildcats seem superior defensively, minus all those playmakers. Westside might make the playoffs with a win. Laney would all but clinch with a victory.
4. Harlem at Cross Creek: The Razorbacks could prime themselves to earn the program's first winning record and playoff spot by winning out. Harlem can position itself for its first playoff berth since 2001.
JEFFERSON COUNTY SURVIVED A 13-PENALTY night with some late-game dramatics in a 14-13 home win against Liberty County.
"I did more than chew all my nails off last Friday," Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold said. "My hair turned all silver and then gray and then fell out. I think that game took 10 years off my life."
CALLING ALL CHAMPIONS
THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE INTENDS TO PUBLISH A FROM THE HUDDLE COVER STORY THIS SEASON SPOTLIGHTING THE GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS FROM THE area. If there's a team you remember as the best in your school's history, we'd love to hear about it. Bury us in stats, all-state players and future collegians on those teams, or just what sticks out about why that team was the best. We'd like to see lists of the best five teams you've ever seen. We'd even like to touch base with former members of area state champion teams to get a perspective of what the accomplishment has meant over the years. We will profile the top vote-getters, then poll readers about the teams to decide which was the best team in area history. Don't let your school get left out. You can fax your ideas to (706) 823-3408 or e-mail staff writer Jeff Sentell.
Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEGREES OF DIFFICULTYThere are 19 teams in The Augusta Chronicle's primary coverage area that have winning records. Who's had it the toughest? Who's played cupcakes? Here at the top five toughest and easiest schedules:The five toughestTeam (record) Level Opp. Opp. Rec. Win Pct.1. S. Thurmond (6-1) SCHSL Class AAA 32-16 .6672. Aiken (6-1) SCHSL Class AAAA 28-19 .5963. Silver Bluff (4-3) SCHSL Class AA 28-21 .5714. Lincoln County (4-3) GHSA Class A 27-21-1 .5515. Westside (4-3) GHSA Class AA 28-23 .549The five easiest1. R.S.-Monetta (6-1) SCHSL Class A 13-42 .2362. Glenn Hills (5-3) GHSA Class AAA 15-43 .2593. Jefferson Co. (7-0) GHSA Class AAA 13-37 .2604. Aquinas (4-3) GHSA Class A 15-36 .2945. T. Jefferson (6-2) GISA Class A 19-40 .322
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