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Region 3AA has turned upside down; check the standings

What happened in Region 3AA last week?
What a Friday night! Where do we go from here?
Look at the standings after one week: Jefferson County 1-0 (OK, not upside down); Harlem 1-0; Metter 1-0; East Laurens 0-0; Dublin 0-1; SCHS 0-1; and Swainsboro 0-1. Three of the favored playoff teams are at the bottom. Is that upside down or what?
One thing that happened is for sure, I don’t have a clue about anything relative to this region do I? I have been exposed. Am I a fraud? Whatever the case, there is certainly no punditry here. The facts bear that out.
Going 0-3 in predictions says that.
In defense of myself, I ask did anyone pick 30-point underdog Harlem over Swainsboro in the Tigers’ Homecoming? Did anyone pick 20-point underdog Metter over Dublin in the Shamrock Bowl? Probably not.
There were more than a few folks who picked four-point underdog Screven County over Jefferson County though. One of them is writing this column. I also did not predict that we would allow two fumbles to be returned for scores.
“Are we that good or are they that bad” has been the fairly frequently asked question in this column for the past five weeks. Now some folks are asking that question from a different angle.
Well Hail Mary and Hell No we are not that bad.
Jefferson County might be that good however. Based on results from this weekend, and seeing their size and physicality, they should run the table.
Jefferson County exposed some things that have been there all along; just none of our early opponents could take advantage of them. SCHS head coach Ron Duncan has not tried to hide any of them and has mentioned them frequently.
We definitely found out that we lack depth. There are a lot of folks going both ways a lot of the time. We were totally gassed by the latter stages of the third quarter. No one else we play has the depth of Jeffco. Our offensive line is very young. Jeffco is a seasoned, veteran team on defense. We had trouble. In the big picture, we lack speed (Windsor Forest is not the big picture). Jeffco’s linebackers took the corner away from us all night.
“We still have over half our season left,” said Duncan, heading into the Jefferson County game. “This game is not the end no matter what happens. Too many fine programs left in our region.”
Boy is that a prophetic statement this week when looking at last week’s results.
Still, as for my last week’s predictions, I might as well have been taking a Reman-led tour of a dilithium mine on the dark side of Remus.
I gather that might not be a pleasant thing to do as the Remans are supposedly not really nice people. Probably justifiably so given their situation relative to their interplanetary neighbors the Romulans.
But I will try again this week. Here we go.
Obviously, I say that the Roosters (4-1, 0-1) will go to Harlem (2-4, 1-0) and even the region record of both. At some point, did I say that their Glascock win of Oct. 18 would be the Bulldogs’ lone win? Another example of clueless me. Suddenly, this becomes a very serious game for our own Dirty Birds.
Dublin (4-1, 0-1) goes to Jefferson County (3-2, 1-0). According to my original thinking, this was to be the only truly interesting game in the region Friday night. Not now as three of my top four teams are looking to rebound from losses. For our sake, the Warriors have to win this and they shall. Finally Swainsboro (2-3, 0-1) goes to Falcon Field to take on East Laurens (4-0, 0-0). I think that the Falcons’ early schedule will be exposed here. Metter is open.
If, and apparently this is a big IF, my predictions hold true, Jeffco will sit at 2-0 and Metter at 1-0 with four teams at 1-1 and East Laurens at 0-1 after next week.
But what do I know?
On more than one pregame interview over the past two years, hasn’t Ron Duncan talked about the balance of this region? Are we going to be the SEC West, just picking off each other every week?
We have been picked off; maybe not as much as Swainsboro and Dublin, but still …

Burton Kemp Jr. is a contributing writer for the Sylvania Telephone.