Some were written off before the season began. Others were an afterthought after they lost an early game or two. But here are a half-dozen teams that have showed some resurgence halfway through the season.
Jefferson County: The Warriors have has won their last two games via shutout and have established themselves as a playoff contender in Region 3. (Of course, with only five teams in the league, everyone is a playoff contender.) Jeffco hasn’t had back-to-back shutouts since 1998, when it had four during its 9-2 season. The Warriors (3-3) take a two-game winning streak into this week’s showdown with No. 3 Washington County. Will Jordan ran for 51 yards and scored one touchdown to lead Jefferson County.
Jackson County: Don’t laugh. Jackson County improved to 4-2 thanks to a 443-yard passing performance by Kyle Daniel in a 32-29 win over Franklin County. Daniel was 24-for-43 with four touchdown passes. Seven receptions went to Xavier Harper for 201 yards. Dustin Scott ran for 136 yards and one touchdown and also caught a TD pass. The four wins matches the program’s best win total since 1992, when the Panthers went 8-2-1 and posted their last winning season.
Elbert County: It appears the Blue Devils are back in business after its 62-21 win over Oconee County. The Blue Devils (3-2) have won three straight and are back in the state rankings at No. 10. They’ll stay there if they can survive back-to-back road games against Morgan County and No. 9 North Oconee.
North Oconee: The Titans have put that opening-day drubbing at St. Pius in the rear view mirror and have won four straight games. Super Sophomore Kawon Bryant returned at an appropriate time and scored three TDs in a showdown with then-No. 8 Morgan County. It was enough to push North Oconee back into the state rankings at No. 9.
North Hall: Trojans quarterback Bradley Brown ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 60-12 win over East Hall. Brown threw only one pass, as coach Bob Christmas was content to pound the ball on the ground for 399 yards. The North Hall defense was dandy, too, limiting East Hall to only 121 yards. North is now 4-1 after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons.
Central Macon: This hasn’t been a great season for Central, but the Chargers may have discovered their quarterback of the future. Freshman Derrick Evans threw for 204 yards last week in a 27-15 over Southwest Macon. Jo Jo Colbert also rushed for 93 yards and had a 60-yard kickoff return for Central, which is 2-0 in Region 2-AAA and in position to make the playoffs.
Who did we miss? Let us know if you’ve got a team that’s surging at the right time.