Last Week: 0-1
Well, Cross Creek took care of Greenbrier, which means two things: I am 0-1 picking games to start 2013 and it is going to be a long year for the ’Pack. The bright spot for Greenbrier was the running of Malcolm Thomas, who went for 111 yards on 14 carries.
Augusta Prep got terrific performances from Nate Pylant and Nolan Brandon in cruising past Bethlehem Christian 42-6. Pylant was 4 of 6 through the air for 125 yards and a TD and rushed for 72 yards and a pair of scores on nine carries. Brandon ran for a pair of touchdowns and finished with 120 yards on 15 carries.
Congrats to the Cavs on a nice start to the new season.
This week’s games:
Richmond Academy (0-0) at Evans (0-0)
Last Meeting: Evans won a year ago 21-12
All-Time: Evans leads the series 17-2-1
A year ago Ronnie Graham torched ARC’s defense for 228 yards as Evans won on the road. They are at home this year with three capable running backs and a new, athletic QB in Maitlin Marshall. Richmond Academy returns several key players on defense, led by Augusta Chronicle Dream 16 Pick Willie Yarbray. Yarbray is a phyical specimen who already has more than a half dozen scholarship offers. This will be a tight game that will come down to turnovers. I will favor the home team slightly.
Greenbrier is idle this week.
They will face a very tough test with North Augusta coming in on Sept. 6.
Grovetown (0-0) at Washington Co. (0-0)
Last Meeting: WACO won 65-14 last year.
All-Time: WACO leads the series 3-0
I love the ambitious scheduling of Grovetown coach Rodney Holder.
This is another game that he hopes will show his kids how great programs are run and how to prepare for region play. That said, it will likely be a long night in Sandersville. While WACO lost first team All-State performer quarterback William Walker, the Hawks are still extremely talented.
New QB A.J. Gray, already known for his basketball exploits and as a great defensive back, could be one of the area’s breakout stars in 2013.
WACO was leading defending Class A state champion Eagles Landing Christian 6-0 in the first half last week before the game was called due to inclement weather.
So, the Golden Hawks will be chomping at the bit to get back out on the field. WACO has had only one losing season in the last 24 years.
Harlem (0-0) at Georgia Military (0-0)
The Bulldogs gave GMC fits last year before falling 13-7.
HHS returns several good skill position players in the backfield and should be able to move the football on the ground.
I will take Jimmie Lewis’ crew in a tight one.
Lakeside (0-0) at Statesboro (0-0)
Last Meeting: Statesboro won 26-7 last year
All-Time: Statesboro leads 9-1
Like Rodney Holder, Jarret Troxler loves to challenge his team as much as possible, and opening with Statesboro and Thomson will do just that.
However, this will be a test for the Blue Devils too, because LHS has a stable of athletes this year.
If Hunter Banks plays well and the lines of scrimmage hold up, the Panthers could take this one.
I would like Lakeside better at home, but I still think they can take this one if they get a few big plays.
Lakeside 28 Statesboro 27
Augusta Christian (0-0) vs. Wilson Hall (0-0)
Last Meeting: ACS won 27-21 last season
All-Time: Augusta Christian leads 5-4 over the last nine meetings
Keith Walton lost several key performers from last year’s title team. However, the system is the same and they have a great back in Thomas Banks and a big offensive line to open holes for him. Wilson Hall is coached by former ACS coach Bruce Lane and I’m sure he would love to give his former assistant an opening loss, but I think the Lions will have enough to get the win.
Augusta Christian 24 Wilson Hall 20
Augusta Prep is idle this week.
The Cavaliers host Curtis Baptist Sept. 6.