Burke County, Jefferson County and North Augusta continue to post the most impressive results in the area. All three have played quality opponents, and all three are unbeaten.
They are getting it done with potent offenses. In the 14 games the three teams have combined to win, only once have they scored fewer than 27 points. Only one of those 14 games has been decided by single digits: Burke County's 19-14 win over Ware County.
Williston-Elko is looking similarly dominant, but three of their five wins have come against winless teams.
KNIGHTS REGROUP: Since a spiritless loss to Lakeside, Evans has won its past two games by at least 16 points. The Knights are playing with more passion, coach Marty Jackson said.
They likely will carry a five-game winning streak into an Oct. 23 game at Hephzibah.
MUSTANGS EYE UPSET: Midland Valley meets Airport this week in its region opener. Last year, the Mustangs won 17-14 in their most important victory of the season.
Airport is again the region favorite this season. Quarterback W.T. Murden has received recruiting interest from Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and Vanderbilt, according to scout.com.
BIG GAMES THIS WEEK
7:30 P.M. FRIDAY
Aquinas (2-2) at Lincoln County (4-1): Lincoln County will play its first full game without star RB A.G. Middlebrooks (broken leg). The last time the Irish came into this meeting with a .500 or better record (2005), Lincoln County scored 28 first-quarter points on its way to a 41-6 win.
Lakeside (4-0, 3-0) at Hephzibah (3-1, 3-0): The Panthers' 18-16 win last season was their first in their past four tries against the Rebels. Hephzibah didn't play last week.
Jefferson County (5-0, 5-0) at Swainsboro (4-0, 4-0): This game features the two most impressive teams in the region thus far. With defending champion Dublin looking vulnerable - the Irish lost 18 combined starters from last season and, though unbeaten, have won only once by more than a touchdown - this game could decide the title.
Baldwin (3-2, 1-0) at Burke County (4-0, 0-0): The road to the title for the Bears starts with defending champion Baldwin. The Braves have lost twice this season: by nine points to state power Carver-Columbus, and by 10 points to unbeaten Peach County.
Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.