The 2013 Football season is upon us. Lakeside will be trying to continue their dominance within the county, Augusta Christian will attempt to repeat as State Champions (despite the graduation of several key players), and the success of several teams hinges on the play of young players. Here is a look at how all seven county teams rank heading into 2013.
1. Lakeside (Last year: 5-6; lost in first round of playoffs): The Panthers return several talented players including college prospects Jonathan Edwards, Kendall White (committed to Western Carolina) and Rashad Roundtree. Do not let the Panthers 5-6 mark a year ago fool you. They played an extremely tough schedule.
2. Grovetown (Last year: 3-7): The Warriors were 3-7 and lost key talents Juwan Biggers and Jamal Cummings. However, I cannot ignore that they beat Evans 38-9 and Greenbrier 42-26 last season. Rodney Holder is an excellent coach and seems to get the most out of his kids.
3. Evans (Last year: 3-7): The Knights ended the season losing five consecutive games and have really struggled down the stretch, but they have several terrific athletes and have a chance to be second in a year where most teams will be down.
4. Augusta Christian (Last Year: 13-0; SCISA State Champions): The Lions had a magical year in 2012. At the end of the season, Keith Walton’s team would have challenged Lakeside for the top spot in the county in 2013. Forget the public/private school debate.
5. Greenbrier (Last Year: 2-8): The Pack have a ways to go to get back on top in the county. It also does not help that at least one talented player that would help the team has decided to skip football to focus on another sport.
6. Harlem (Last Year: 2-8): The Bulldogs were much more competitive in 2012. If the Dogs were little bigger up front, I would like their chances a little better in region play.
7. Augusta Prep (Last year: 6-4): The Cavaliers have done a solid job starting up their program. They have made improvements each year, and it appears that will continue in 2013, but they are still a couple of levels behind the other teams in the county.
This Week: Greenbrier (0-0) @ Cross Creek (0-0)
There is little wiggle room when it comes to wins for the Pack, so they absolutely need to beat the Razorbacks. Greenbrier 19, Cross Creek 16