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em­bark on the re­gion slate with a game against a win­less Lions’ team, which hasn’t won since Oct. 21, 2011. Thanks to last week’s loss, the Tigers not only head into this week with the pos­si­bil­ity of a big win against a lesser op­po­nent, and a need to make a re­gion-open­ing state­ment but also with a bit­ter taste in their mouths that they will be ea­ger to change.

While Al­covy opens up its re­gion sched­ule, East­side did so last week.

The Ea­gles had been look­ing for its of­fense to get on track through­out its first three games, two of which were wins, and that’s what hap­pened at Ch­es­ta­tee Fri­day. How­ever, the War Ea­gles’ of­fense also put up big num­bers in a 57-56 dou­ble over­time vic­tory over East­side.

Not only did the Tigers have their big­gest game of­fen­sively, tal­ly­ing 429 of to­tal of­fense, but they also showed that they are in it to win it.

In the sec­ond over­time, East­side scored first and then chose to try to take ad­van­tage of a Ch­es­ta­tee de­fense that had given up 297 yards rush­ing and an­other 132 in the air and put the game away with a two-point con­ver­sion. How­ever, the con­ver­sion failed and Ch­es­ta­tee was able to get into the end zone and con­nect on an ex­tra point on its en­su­ing pos­ses­sion to come away with the win.

Since I didn’t get to per­son­ally see the game and can’t put the play into con­text, I can’t say whether or not the choice was a good one, and, as they say, hind­sight is 20/20. But it did show that East­side coach Rick Hurst is con­fi­dent in his team enough to go for the win on the road rather than the tie.

That kind of at­ti­tude trick­les down through the ranks and down the road, could prove use­ful if the Ea­gles find them­selves down, need­ing to do the things to en­sure a win, rather than play for a tie.

New­ton hasn’t been in a po­si­tion to play for the win yet, fall­ing in all three of its games, but took an­other step against Val­dosta Fri­day.

Trav­el­ing to a hos­tile south Ge­or­gia en­vi­ron­ment, the Rams came away with their first points of the sea­son in a 31-7 loss, and found a new weapon.

James Harde­man, pre­vi­ously a line­backer and early on a part-time run­ning back, took on the start­ing role Fri­day and took ad­van­tage of his 14 car­ries with 123 yards.

Go­ing for­ward the Rams now have a de­pend­able run­ning game to go with an of­fense that can pro­duce re­sults. The Rams host a Langston Hughes team which it has beaten in each of the last two sea­son to open up their Re­gion 2-AAAAAA sched­ule Thurs­day be­fore play­ing Al­covy on Oct. 5.

All three lo­cal teams have a chance to win this week with New­ton, East­side and Al­covy’s op­po­nents go­ing a com­bined 3-9 with Langston Hughes be­ing the only team with wins.

But thanks in part to close calls and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in losses on Fri­day, all three lo­cal teams have chances to win through­out the rest of their re­gion sched­ules.

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