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Now where do we stand
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    A few weeks ago I took a look at where our area high school teams stood and what to expect in the coming weeks. As we approach the homestretch of the regular season, let’s again take a look at where your team stands, and if they’ll be playing deep into November.

Statesboro
    Ho-hum. The Blue Devils keep playing and the Blue Devils keep winning. But these next three games will tell us a lot about SHS (7-0, 6-0).
    Start with this week when the Devils welcome the Rebels of Effingham (6-1, 5-1) and former Statesboro coach Jack Webb. You know the folks down in Springfield are dying for a shot at the champs.
    Brunswick (5-2, 5-1) and Ware County (5-2, 5-1) follow ECHS, making the final three weeks of the year a true test for these Devils and a lot of fun for football fans.

Portal
    I was in Pembroke last week watching the Panthers take on Bryan County. Admittedly, PHS didn’t look so hot in the first half. But then, in the second half, something clicked, and Portal has been on a tear since.
    Granted it’s only been two games, but two wins in those games has put PHS in third place in region 3-A.
    The Panthers (2-5) should go 2-1 over the final three weeks (they get ECI at home on Nov. 3) and make the playoffs for the third year in a row.

Screven County
    A month ago I wrote, and I quote, “the Gamecocks are for real”. Hold on there buck-o.
    Screven (4-3, 2-2) has see-sawed it’s way to a three-way tie for the final playoff spot in region 3-AA. The good news is they have two winnable games left on the schedule. The bad news is they still have to travel to No. 9 Swainsboro on Nov. 3.
    The Gamecocks should finish the region at 4-3, but will that be enough to get them into the playoffs?

Bulloch Academy
    The Gators  (4-4, 0-1) return to  region play — no really, they've only played one region game so far— this Friday at Trinity Christian.
    Bulloch has beaten the teams they were supposed to and lost to the teams they were outmatched by. We’ll find out in the next three games if the young Gators have learned enough along the way to make it back to the playoffs.

Claxton
    It’s been back down to earth over the last few weeks for the Tigers (2-5-1, 2-2). After starting region play 2-0, CHS has dropped consecutive games to fall to fourth in region 3-A.
    If they’re to hold on to their playoff hopes, they have to start with Friday’s contest against a very solid Savannah Country Day team. If they can pull off the upset against the Hornets and take care of business against Bryan County on Nov. 3, the Tigers can use their off week to rest-up for their first playoff berth since 2002.

SEB, Metter,
Jenkins Co.

    It has been a disappointing year for the Yellow Jackets (1-6, 0-4), They’re still mathematically alive for postseason play, but it would take some kind of turnaround.
    The Eagles of Jenkins County (1-7,0-4) have fallen to the bottom of region 3-A again this year, but continue to fight hard to right the ship. Just two games remain on the schedule for JCHS, games in which they’ll be playing for pride.
    As for a Metter (0-7, 0-4) there haven’t been to many bright spots.It seems like just a few years ago MHS was in the hunt for a state championship. But be patient Tiger fans, who knows what next year will bring.