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Rivals come together for a good cause

Posted: September 22, 2013 - 12:03am

Any time Evans and Lakeside face off, no matter what the sport, you can bet it will be a fierce contest. Since Lakeside opened in 1988, the two have formed a bitter rivalry. However, when the cause is good, the two schools are willing to come together.

If you want proof, make plans to be at this year’s gridiron clash, when Lakeside visits Evans, in what will likely be a very important game that could have playoff implications.

Prior to the game, the two schools will be presenting the second annual Burger Boss Competition.

Local restaurants and individuals will have a chance to show off their grilling skills from 4:30-7 p.m., Nov. 1, in the hopes of becoming the 2013 Burger Boss. Last year’s champion, Hardees, will be back to defend its crown, and several other local restaurants have committed to compete this year.

There will be music from local band Dayz To Come, and lots of other entertainment.

So, if you would like to enjoy some live music and sample the best burgers the area has to offer, make plans to attend on Nov. 1 at Evans High School. Tickets are just $10. And here’s the best part, while both schools are using this event to raise funds for their athletic programs, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Columbia County Special Olympics.

Event organizers are still looking for sponsors and restaurants/people that would like to compete. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact April Tullis at (706) 589-1405 or Scott Patterson at (706) 830-0580.

Augusta Prep Duo: Breakout Stars of the 2013 Football Season

It is still early in the 2013 football campaign, but Augusta Prep is 3-0 and QB Nate Pylant and RB Nolan Brandon are becoming one of the CSRA’s best 1-2 punches.

The Cavaliers opened their season with a 42-6 victory over Bethleham Christian as Pylant went 4 of 6 passing for 125 yards and a pair of scores. He also ran the ball nine times for 72 yards and another TD. Brandon also opened with a solid as he rushed for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries.

In week two, Brandon began to take over the roll of workhorse for AP. As the Cavaliers crushed Curtis Baptist 33-14 Brandon rambled for 220 yards and three scores on 28 carries. He followed that up with another huge game in last week’s 45-20 win over Thomas Jefferson Academy. Brandon posted his second consecutive 200-yard effort, as he gained 204 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Pylant showed off his all-around talents in the win over TJA. He posted a TD pass, TD run, and returned a fumbled for another score as the Cavs remained unbeaten.

The talented pair have helped pace a high powered offense that is currently averaging 40 points per game. Through three games, Brandon is among the CSRA’s leading rushers. He has amassed 544 yards and 7 touchdowns on 71 carries. He is averaging 7.7 yards per carry and 181.3 yards per game.

I must admit, in the pre-season I did not factor in anyone from Augusta Prep in consideration for this year’s County Player of the Year. Well, Pylant and Brandon have made me take notice.

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