OK, I'm truly a believer in Butler. I was impressed but still on the fence on how good this team was, but after Friday night, I'm on board completely. First of all, it was cool to pull into their stadium and see cars in the parking lot. Been a number of years since that's happened. Most importantly, the Bulldogs were dead to right in the fourth quarter. But they never panicked and scored twice in the last seven minutes to pull off the win. Big win and congrats!
On the flip side, I'm thinking Grovetown is snake bit. They easily could have three more wins with any luck at all. They had Greenbrier beat til the final quarter, Gave Evans more then a run for their money, and lastly, Friday's game was very winnable. If the law of averages is true, I wouldn't want to play them the rest of the season.
Big credit to Fox Creek in beating Denmark Olar. Their team played without eight guys after the fight a week ago and still found a way to beat the Vikings and now have five, yes, five wins on the year. The kids are believing they can win and proving it. Now I'm not saying they can play with the likes of Williston yet, but they're taking positive steps that's for sure.
We better start paying attention to Swainsboro. The Tigers posted a thrilling overtime win over Jefferson County and are a team to reckon win. Same with Washington County. Thanks in large part to Montravius Gladden and the normal hard hitting defense, they disposed of ARC in convincing fashion. Anyone want to volunteer to go to the "house of pain" come playoff time? I don't think so.
Finally, one of the best wins of the weekend goes to Silver Bluff. Rallying from two touchdowns and doing it on two long drives. Strom Thurmond shot themselves in the foot with penalties and a fumble on the one in the fourth quarter and give credit to the Bulldogs for making them pay. They're not the biggest, they're not the strongest, but they have speed all over the place.
My Power Poll voting:
1. North Augusta
2. Williston Elko
5. Silver Bluff
6. Strom Thurmond
7. Jefferson County
8. Washington County
9. Lincoln County
Very much on the radar: Laney, Bamberg, Swainsboro and Thomson