Last Week: 5-1
Season Total: 8-4
Well, I bounced back a bit with my picks going 5-1 last Friday. I have to apologize to the Grovetown Warriors. I predicted they would suffer a close loss at the hands of Swainsboro. The game was not close, and they did not lose. The Warriors crushed Swainsboro 48-14. That is a game I am happy to have missed. Also, Lakeside had a huge win over Thomson, Harlem is 2-0 for the first time in 32 years, and both Augusta Prep and Augusta Christian posted wins. Which means, of six Columbia County teams in action on Friday night, five earned victories.
Evans (1-0) at Elbert County (1-1)
Last Week: Evans was idle. Elbert County beat Cedar Shoals 27-19
Last Meeting: Elbert won last year 38-7
The Knights played a tremendous second half in their opening win versus ARC. However, this is a step up in competition and Elbert County is coming off a nice win over Cedar Shoals. Evans will have to play four quarters of mistake-free football to get a win in this one.
Elbert County 23
Greenbrier (0-2) at Jefferson County (2-0)
Last Week: Greenbrier lost to North Augusta 45-0. Jefferson County was idle.
Last Meeting: Jefferson County won 19-6 last year.
Greenbrier is going through a tough season and it will not get any easier this Friday night in Wrens. Jefferson County was down a little last year, but J.B. Arnold’s squad looks to be back in business in 2013. The Bears have beaten two teams (Fitzgerald and Baldwin) that they lost to in 2012. The ninth Ranked Warriors will get a third win this week.
Jefferson County 34 Greenbrier 13
Grovetown (1-1) at North Augusta (3-0)
This will be WJBF’s Game Night Live Broadcast. The game can be seen at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 380 on Comcast and Channel 246 on Wow! and Atlantic Broadband
Last Week: Grovetown hammered Swainsboro 48-14. North Augusta beat Greenbrier 45-0.
Last Meeting: North Augusta won last year’s matchup 42-7.
North Augusta is rolling this season. Led by an incredible passing game, the Jackets have outscored their three opponents 133-9. The key has been the efficient play of QB Trib Reece. The 6-3 junior made his first career start last season versus Grovetown. Since that game he has thrown 28 touchdowns, including nine already this season. Grovetown must get some pressure on Reece because when he has time to throw, North Augusta is almost unbeatable. Grovetown will need Justin Dears to have another efficient game and a few more Linward Jackson big plays would not hurt either.
North Augusta 37 Grovetown 24
Harlem (2-0) vs. Glascock County (1-2)
Last Week: Harlem beat Oglethorpe 21-7. Glascock County lost to GMC 28-7.
Last Meeting: Glascock beat Harlem 12-7 last year (Harlem leads the series all-time 4-1)
I am extremely happy for the Bulldog faithful. HHS is 2-0 for the first time since 1981. That ’81 squad opened the season with six consecutive victories and finished 9-3. I don’t know if Harlem can start 6-0, but I do think they will get to 3-0 this weekend.
Harlem 31 Glascock 7
Lakeside (1-1) - Idle
The Panthers host Westside Sept. 20.
Augusta Christian (1-1) vs. Cardinal Newman (1-1)
Last Week: ACS topped Ben Lippen 27-20. Cardinal Newman was idle.
Last Meeting: ACS won last year 51-6 and lead the series 10-0.
The Lions got their first win of the season last weekend over Ben Lippen. The game was not as close as the final score might indicate, as Augusta Christian built a big lead and survived a late flurry by Ben Lippen.
Augusta Christian 38 Cardinal Newman 20
Augusta Prep (2-0) at Thomas Jefferson Academy (1-2)
Last Week: Prep topped Curtis Baptist 33-14 / Thomas Jefferson Academy lost to Edmund Burke 23-6
Last Meeting: Thomas Jefferson Academy won last year 44-38
The Cavaliers are off to a great start. Last year’s matchup was a shootout and this one will be too, but I think Augusta prep nips them this time.
Augusta Prep 37 Thomas Jefferson Academy 35