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Another week of local matchups should reveal team strengths

Posted: September 8, 2015 - 11:10pm  |  Updated: September 9, 2015 - 12:53am

Last Week: 5-0

Total for Season: 11-0

 

Well, I correctly picked the winners last week, but I was wrong on how some of the games would play out. Augusta Prep crushed Edmund Burke in a game I felt would be closer; I thought Evans would play Northside Warner Robins a little tougher than it did; and Greenbrier held its own for a while with Warner Robins in a contest I felt was going to be even more one-sided.

There are six more matchups to break down this week; hopefully our teams will notch a few victories.

 

Evans (1-1) vs. Grovetown (1-1)

Last Week: Evans lost to No. 1 Northside Warner Robins 38-7; Grovetown lost to Houston County 34-3

Last Meeting: Evans won last year 31-10

All-Time: Evans leads the series 3-2

The Knights took one on the chin last week, but I think this team has a chance to be the top team in the county. Actually, that debate may be decided this week. Grovetown is primed to make a run at the top spot, but it must handle the Knights ground attack to be king of the mountain.

Evans 28, Grovetown 27

 

Greenbrier (1-1) at No. 6 Jones County (2-0)

Last Week: Greenbrier lost to Warner Robins 35-7; Jones County hammered Cross Creek 44-6

Last Meeting: Jones County rolled last year 43-6

All-Time: Jones County leads the series 4-3

Greenbrier shutout Warner Robins in the first quarter last week, but eventually fell 35-7, while Jones County did not have much of a test with a Cross Creek squad that is really down. Greenbrier will have its hands full with the Greyhounds, but that is going to be the case for most of our side of the region this year.

Jones County 37, Greenbrier 10

 

Harlem (0-2) at
Warren County (1-2)

Last Week: Harlem was off; Warren County lost to Tattnall Square 14-0

Last Meeting: Warren County won last year 20-15

All-Time: Warren County leads the series 15-8-1

Harlem had a week off to prepare for this one, while Warren County dropped below .500 with a shutout loss. This should be a close game, but I think Todd Booker will get his first win as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Harlem 17,
Warren County 13

 

Lakeside (1-1) vs.
No. 1 Northside Warner Robins (2-0)

Last Week: Lakeside topped ARC 24-3; Northside beat Evans 38-7

Last Meeting: Northside won last year 38-7 en route to a Class AAAAA State Title

All-Time: Northside leads the series 9-1

Lakeside picked up a solid win last week.
They have to be pleased with the performance of Nick Reid. After an injury to starting QB Nick Patterson, Reid stepped in and went 9 of 13 through the air for 170 yards and three TDs. Not bad, considering he had a tooth knocked out two weeks ago when he was hit early while attempting to field a punt. North Augusta’s Britt Thomas was whistled for a personal foul on the play, while Reid left the game and did not return. It was great just to see Reid back on the field, much less leading his team to a win. Obviously LHS steps up in competition this week versus the defending champions in Class AAAAA.

Northside W.R. 45, Lakeside 14

 

Augusta Christian (1-2) at Westminster (2-1)

Last Week: ACS lost to Fox Creek 45-6; Westminster lost to Briarwood 43-27

Last Meeting: ACS won 35-7

All-Time: Last year was the first meeting between the two schools

The Lions had a rough week versus rival Fox Creek. They really moved the ball at times but could not finish off drives and had way too many miscues to win. They struggled stopping the run as well, and they must
make quick corrections in that area because Westminster has a very talented back in Nygel Eaddy, who rushed for 135 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries last week.

Westminster 31,
Augusta Christian 14

Augusta Prep (1-1) vs. Briarwood (3-0)

Last Week: AP crushed Edmund Burke Academy 48-19; Briarwood beat Westminster 43-27

Last Meeting: First meeting between the two schools

I have underestimated Augusta Prep two straight games, and even though it is facing a tough opponent I won’t be doing that again. The Cavaliers must slow down running back Dakota Reese, who rambled for 276 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries last week. I will take AP to win a close game.

Augusta Prep 37, Briarwood 31

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