Only two weeks remain in the 2020 high school football regular season for GHSA and GISA programs. Here’s where some schools outside of Baldwin County stand at this crucial juncture following last week’s games.
Jefferson Co. 50, Putnam Co. 12
The War Eagles of Eatonton (4-1 region, 7-1 overall) saw their seven-game win streak ended by reigning region champs Jefferson County. That gives Jefferson a huge leg up in securing another region title as the Louisville school needs only one more win to clinch that status. Putnam, meanwhile, has a hold on second place thanks to owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Westside of Augusta. A win by Jefferson over Westside coupled with a Putnam victory this week would secure the top two spots for Jefferson and Putnam respectively. That would give the War Eagles the opportunity to host their first playoff game since the 2012 season. Putnam this week will host 1-6 Josey High School out of Augusta.
Gatewood 52, King’s Academy 7
After three consecutive weeks of close calls, the Gatewood Gators (7-1) enjoyed an easy victory on the road Friday night. With two regular season games remaining, they and region opponent Brentwood are tabbed as the top two teams in the GISA AA power rankings published by MaxPreps. The Nov. 20 meeting between those teams will likely settle final placement heading into the postseason, but before that the Gators must face 6-2 Piedmont Academy. Gatewood is looking to earn its fourth consecutive region championship and third straight state title. Brentwood is scheduled to travel to winless non-region foe Trinity Christian this week.
Washington Co. 42, Bleckley Co. 20
The Golden Hawks of Sandersville won big over Bleckley last week thanks in large part to the monster performance turned in by running back Malyk Walker. He ran for 335 yards and five touchdowns in Washington County’s region victory. Walker currently leads all of GHSA Class AA with 1,651 yards and was named Georgia High School Football Daily’s Player of the Week. The Hawks are situated second in a closely-contested Region 3-AA heading into this week’s home game against Dodge County (3-1 region, 4-3 overall). Washington, Dodge and Northeast all have one region loss apiece heading into the final two regular season games.
Wilkinson Co. 34, Crawford Co. 14
Head coach Keldrick Burke’s Warriors (2-1 region, 2-4 overall) aren’t in a bad position if you’re talking about playoff berths. They could lose their last two games to Hancock Central and Warren County and still get into the postseason depending on how ACE does in its final two regular season games. If both teams lose their last two then Wilco gets the fourth seed while GMC Prep slides into third, which is the most likely scenario. The Warriors are looking for their first football postseason berth since 2015.