Hard to believe we're past the quarter pole of the high school football season and some teams are really starting to flex their muscle while others are falling fast and others are still trying to get on the map.
Washington County is quickly climbing to be one of the elite teams in the area once again. Led by Montravious Gladden, the Golden Hawks put 48 points on the board and are rolling right along. Last year they did the same thing before faltering to end the season and bow out early in the playoffs. I'm sure coach Joel Ingram has that in the back of his mind as the season rolls on.
North Augusta does it again. Not unexpected, but still the Jackets took care of a pretty good ARC team in good fashion. Dan Pippin has the team primed for a run and with a half dozen Division One prospects, yea, they're that good.
Hephzibah is quickly becoming a player in the region race and could challenge for the region title. First and foremost Antoine Nabors is back with the team giving the Rebels a game breaker. Secondly, they have a kicker this year. Last year they lost in the playoffs because they lacked just that. Hephzibah is off this week before a big time showdown with Lakeside followed by a battle with ARC. We'll find out how good they are in a hurry now.
Speaking of the Panthers, three games down, three shutouts in the books. It's pretty much a lock number four will come this week when they take on Harlem. Who says they don't play defense in Columbia County?
The best of the best in no particular order....North Augusta, Williston Elko, Washington County, Burke County, Jefferson County and Swainsboro.
Those that dropped some, Lincoln County, a tough loss to Abbeville showed some weakness. Glenn Hills, just when you thought they turned the corner, they run into Lakeside. ARC, they showed some liabilities against North Augusta. Silver Bluff, a disappointing loss at the hands of Midland Valley.
A couple of other random thoughts...the ugly game of the week has to be Butler's loss against Cross Creek. A scoreless first half ended up being a Razorback win, but it wasn't pretty. What happened to Aiken? Giving up 69 points to Boiling Springs, wow. I need to look up the record for most points scored in a season. At the pace Williston Elko is going, that record could be in serious jeopardy.