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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Three regular season games remain for Octavia Jones and his Westover Patriots.

The task remaining is simple in nature: win two of those three and clinch the program's first ever region title.

The Patriots were back to work Monday after winning their fourth straight game Thursday night over Americus-Sumter.

Now the Pats have a clear path to the title and the number one seed in the state playoffs.

"When you're building a program, one of the things that can get it built in a hurry by winning a region championship," Jones says. "That's been a goal of mine since I got this job: to have an opportunity to come here and get it done. Right now, we're blessed to be in that position and we just have to close it out."

The formula has been simple this year for Westover: ride the dominant defense and let the offense make enough plays to win.

Now, on the verge of a region championship, Jones and the Patriots are taking it one game at a time.

"We're just trying to keep them focused, and make them understand the importance of finishing the task at hand, understanding that everybody left on our schedule is looking at making their season by winning their game against us," says Jones. "We want to make sure that we stay focused and take care of our business."

For the seniors on this team, making school history sounds like a pretty good way to go out.

"It'd mean so much to us," says senior LB Brenten Wimberly. "Just to know that we're the first team to ever have this happen in history, we're going to be living legends."

The Patriots can move one step closer to that title by taking care of crosstown rival Dougherty Saturday night at Hugh Mills Stadium.

They close out the regular season with Worth County and Albany.

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