We're getting closer to wrapping up the non-region schedule for a lot of teams and things are getting very interesting to say the least.
North Augusta continues to roll along. The Jackets dominated the first half of their game against Strom Thurmond and got the job done. The second half wasn't a thing of beauty as the Rebels defense started to come alive, but it was too little too late against one of the best in the area.
Eric Parker has Burke County on a roll. Yes they have Terrell Brigham who accounted for three touchdowns, but to go to Statesboro and pick up a win was a major accomplishment. Before the season started coach Parker said the goal this year was to win the first game, the last game and every game in be between. They might just do that. Still a long way to go, but the Bears are that good.
Lincoln County is getting better and better. I really thought Hephzibah would give them a run for their money, which they did, but with AG Middlebrooks getting healthier by the day, the Rebels will be playing football into December. They have a young roster and every game means more experience and more confidence. Big shock right?
South Aiken is gaining ground on a lot of teams but still needs to play a full 48 minutes. They had Silver Bluff on the ropes but the Bulldogs came up big in the closing minutes to post a win. I like the direction of the T-breds, but they're not there yet.
Best win by a team nobody is paying attention to...Edmund Burke. They beat Thomas Jefferson 19-7 and head coach Buddy Sorrow is in his second year at the helm and the Spartans are playing good football. To beat the perennial power Jaguars is a major accomplishment and a major statement. Sure they're from the Independent ranks, but hey, they're good!
Top area teams in no particular order: North Augusta, Williston Elko, Burke County, Jefferson County, Silver Bluff and Washington County.
Yes, I know I don't have Lincoln County on there, but they're not far behind. Washington County is a very, very solid team top to bottom. I don't know what the South Carolina record for points in a year is, but Williston Elko may challenge it. Jefferson County avoided a scare and rallied for a win. JB Arnold moved Barry Bostic around and it worked for the second half comeback.
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