Halfway through the high school football season, the playoff picture in Region 2-AAAAA is beginning to take shape.
Northside Warner Robins and Warner Robins were both 5-0 and 2-0 in the region heading into Friday’s action and it appears they will make the postseason.
The race for the final two spots, with six teams vying for them, is wide open. Four teams are at 1-1 in the region. Grovetown and Greenbrier are 0-2 in the region, but with each still having to play five region games, no one is out of it just yet.
For the county teams, at this point, I would say that Lakeside and Evans have the inside track to securing a place at the playoff table.
Lakeside (3-2, 1-1 region) is averaging just over 32 points-per-game and the Panthers’ up-tempo offense keeps the pressure on opposing team. Throw in tough special teams and an opportunistic defense and they will be a tough out. They made the playoffs last year and that experience may be what gets them over the hump as the final weeks play out.
Against Warner Robins, Evans (3-2, 1-1) lost 27-14, but were one or two plays away from the script being flipped. After this week at Jones County, also a 1-1 region team, the Knights play host to Grovetown (1-4, 0-2) who will be coming off a tough home game against Northside. On Nov. 1, the Knights play host to Lakeside in what could well decide each team’s fate.
Grovetown has an uphill battle after losing to Lakeside and with a tough three-game stretch of Northside and Evans, back-ended by a trip to Warner Robins.
Greenbrier at 0-5, 0-2, has an even tougher stretch at Warner Robins, at Lakeside and home against Warner Robins. After scoring just nine points in their last three games, the Wolfpack will be hard-pressed to keep up with those high-scoring teams.
In Region 3-AA, Harlem started the season 4-0, but then lost its first two region games to Screven County and Westside. While that may impact them if it gets to a tie-breaker situation, the Bulldogs can put themselves in a position to control their own destiny. Wins against East Laurens and Josey would set up the final two weeks of the season, facing the current region leaders Dublin (4-2, 2-0) and Laney (3-2, 2-0), who they face at home and on the road, respectively.
In the Glory for Christ Conference, the Augusta Prep Cavaliers (5-1, 2-0) find themselves in a position to fight for first in the East Division. A win over Skipstone on Friday would put them on a collision course at Anderson (6-0, 2-0) this week with first place on the line.
With eight of the 10 teams advancing to the South Carolina Independent School Association playoffs, the Augusta Christian Lions (2-4, 2-3) sit in sixth and shouldn’t have to worry about making the postseason with just two wins in their next four games.