Last Week: 4-1
Season total: 27-8
Harlem and Augusta Christian lost heartbreakers over the weekend, while Lakeside flexed its muscle in a blowout win over Grovetown. At one point the Panthers led 58-0 over the Warriors. In another game that pitted Columbia County schools against one another, Evans beat a pesky Greenbrier team 38-9. Ronnie Graham ran for more than 120 yards and Carlos Dorsey picked off a pair of passes as Evans pulled away in the 4th quarter. There are seven games this Friday involving Columbia County Programs, and here are my picks.
Evans (3-2, 1-1) at Jones County (3-2, 1-1)
Last Week: Evans beat Greenbrier 38-9 / Jones County lost to Warner Robins 34-14
Last Meeting: Jones County won 41-6 last year (Evans leads all-time 2-1)
Evans is much improved over a year ago, but the Knights will have their hands full with a solid team Friday night in Gray, Ga. Jones County can flat out run the football, so Evans will need a supreme effort from Devon Lampkin and Javan Marshall up front. This should be an extremely close game. Evans can get the win, but they must play mistake-free and give every ounce of effort. If they were at home I would pick Evans, but winning this one on the road will be tough.
Jones County 28
Greenbrier (0-5, 0-2) at No. 7 Warner Robins (5-0, 2-0)
Last Week: Greenbrier lost to Evans 38-9 / WR beat Jones County 34-14
Last Meeting: WR won last year 52-13
Greenbrier is in the middle of a brutal four-game stretch (Evans, at Warner Robins, at Lakeside and Northside Warner Robins). This has already been a long year and this month’s long stretch of games will not help things.
Warner Robins 49 Greenbrier 7
Grovetown (1-4, 0-2) vs. No. 1 Northside Warner Robins (5-0, 2-0)
Last Week: Grovetown lost to Lakeside 58-20 / NS Warner Robins beat Houston County 45-10
Last Meeting: Northside won 56-14 last year (They are also 2-0 all-time versus Grovetown).
Grovetown has played another very tough early season schedule and it gets even tougher this week. They face the top-ranked team in Class AAAAA. Keep in mind Houston County hammered Grovetown 52-19 and Northside beat Houston County by 35 points last week. They turned the ball over seven times last week against the Panthers. That cannot happen this week if they plan to give Northside a ball game.
NS Warner Robins 55
Harlem (4-2, 0-2) vs. East Laurens (1-6, 1-1)
Last Week: Harlem lost to Westside 20-18 / East Laurens lost to Dublin 41-0
Last Meeting: East Laurens won 48-6 last year
East Laurens beat Harlem by 42 points a year ago, but this is a much different HHS Team. They have an extremely talented runner in Austin Burt and their kids play with a lot of heart. Hopefully they can bounce back from a tough loss last week. If they do, they will get win No. 5.
East Laurens 20
Lakeside (3-2, 1-1) vs. Houston County
Last Week: LHS beat Grovetown 58-20 / Houston County lost to Northside 45-10
Last Meeting: Lakeside won a wild game last year 37-35
Houton County is much improved from a year ago, but then again, I think Lakeside is, too. The Panthers’ only losses came on the road at Northside and at Statesboro. And, they led in the fourth quarter at Statesboro. This will be a tough game, but I like the Panthers.
Houston County 34
Augusta Christian (2-2) at Porter Gaud (2-5)
Last Week: ACS lost to Laurence Manning 29-28 / Porter Gaud lost to Hammond 41-28
Last Meeting: ACs won last year 58-26
Porter Gaud has lost four games in a row, but ACS has had a difficult times in close games. Replacing a four-year starter is extremely difficult to do, and the Lions lost four such starters from last year’s team. This will be another close game in SCISA for the Lions.
Porter Gaud 27
Augusta Prep (5-1) vs. Skipstone Academy (4-2)
Last Week: AP hammered East Atlanta 41-6 / Skipstone was idle
Last Meeting: First meeting between the two programs
Augusta Prep continued its rushing assault last week with nearly 400 yards on the ground against East Atlanta. Senior Nolan Brandon ran for 184 yards and three scores on 29 carries. He has already gone over 1,000 yards on the season and should have another big game this week.
Augusta Prep 44