Yes, nearly half way through the season and by my count the area has at least a half dozen teams that could go deep in the state playoffs in both South Carolina and Georgia. There are also a few more teams that'll be tough outs in the post season as well.
Burke County continues to impress pretty much every time out. They've played one of the toughest schedules around and with their win over Brunswick, they're still perfect. Terrell Brigham accounts for 330 yards of offense and is the real deal and so too are the Bears. Now they do have one big stumbling block left, that being Washington County. Heck, in a day and age where coaches refuse to look ahead, or at least publicly admit that, the Golden Hawks Joel Ingram mentioned it a week ago. Make plans now for a clash of the titans in a few short weeks.
While Williston Elko put up big numbers against Fox Creek, here's a shout out to the Predators. They cause a couple of first quarter turnovers and, well, held their own for a while. They usually say there's not moral victories in football, playing to a near tie in the first quarter, is a moral victory for the under sized Predators.
Evans seems to be back on track and ready to make a run again. Jonathan Finch and company made a big statement by running over a Glenn Hills Spartan early on as the Knights picked up the big win. They also showed if they get inside the 30, they should come away with at least a field goal with Jamie Galvin kicking three big field goals in the win.
And here's hoping the best for Lincoln County's AG Middlebrooks. The star running back has a broken leg and is done for the year. Middlebrooks was expected to lead the Red Devils deep into the playoffs but the off season setback, and now this has the Lincoln County faithful wondering if they can still do it. Middlebrooks is one of the most electrifying players in the area and it's a shame his season had to end this way.
Top area teams in no particular order: Williston Elko, North Augusta, Burke County, Washington County, Swainsboro and Lakeside, Jefferson County
The Yellow Jackets continue to impress, Swainsboro has one of the most talented players around in Malcolm Eady. Too bad most people don't realize it. Lakeside gave up a touchdown but technically it wasn't on the defense seeing Harlem scored off a turnover.
In the mix: Evans, ARC, Wardlaw, ECI