I started 2012 with a 2-0 week, although the Greenbrier game was more one-sided than I thought it would be (nice job, coach Kevin Hunt). This week Greenbrier has the week off but the other six county teams all take the field, highlighted by Evans playing at Richmond Academy on Thursday Night. The game will be televised live by WJBF Sports with yours truly handling the play-by-play.
Evans (0-0) at ARC (0-0)
Last year’s record: Evans was 3-7, while ARC went 5-5
Last meeting: Evans knocked off the Musketeers 33-19 last year.
All-time record: Evans has dominated the series with a 16-2-1 mark vs. ARC
Evans opened 2011 with a rousing 33-19 victory over the Musketeers as sophomore Stephon Jacobs burst onto the scene with more than 200 yards rushing.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the season went downhill from there. By the end of the season, Evans was starting nine sophomores.
Those young men are a year older and bigger. The Knights have some talented athletes and now need to make plays, especially with the loss of Mr. Versatility, Myles McDavid.
ARC returns 14 of 22 starters and is huge up front on offense. I think this one will be very close.
ARC 23 Evans 21
Grovetown (0-0) vs. Washington County (1-0)
Last week: WACO beat Eagles Landing Christian 24-19 (ELC was ranked No. 1 in Class A)
Last year’s record: Grovetown was 6-4, while WACO was 7-4
Last meeting: Washington County won last year’s game 35-3
All-time record: WACO leads 2-0
Last year Grovetown came out of the gates 6-1 only to lose its final three games, including the 35-3 thrashing the Golden Hawks handed them in the final game of the season. Rodney Holder’s squad returns one of the area’s top players in running back Jamal Cummings. The team will need him to have a huge night if it wants to knock off WACO.
Washington County has only had one losing season in the past 22 years and this year’s team should be awfully good. Quarterback William Walker is one of 16 returning seniors and he will engineer WACO’s new spread offense. WACO beat Dublin 55-0 in a scrimmage a couple of weeks ago. Grovetown will have a tough time in this one.
Washington Co. 34, Grovetown 14
Lakeside (0-0) vs. Statesboro (0-0)
Last year’s record: Lakeside was 6-5; Statesboro was 10-1
Last meeting: Statesboro rallied for a 28-21 win last season
All-time record: Statesboro leads 8-1
That 8-1 all-time advantage for Statesboro is a little misleading. The Panthers let wins get away in each of the past two seasons. You can bet Jarrett Troxler would love nothing more than to finally get over the hump. The trouble is Lakeside is replacing most of its defense, its All-Region quarterback and All-Region running back. I think Troxler will have his squad ready, but this is a tough opener considering all the new faces.
Statesboro 32, Lakeside 24
Harlem (0-0) vs. Ga. Military College (0-0)
Last year’s record: Harlem went 0-10; GMC was 7-3
Last meeting: This will be the first meeting between the two schools
Harlem was outscored 432-40 last season. To be fair, the team should never have been playing many of the teams on its schedule. This year the Bulldogs step down to Class AA. This should be a good measuring stick game for Jimmie Lewis’ crew.
GMC 27, Harlem 14
Augusta Christian (1-0) vs. Ben Lippen (0-1)
Last week: ACS defeated Wilson Hall 27-21; Ben Lippen lost to Porter Gaud 54-27
Last year: ACS was 8-4; Ben Lippen went 4-7
Last meeting: The Lions beat Ben Lippen twice last year (27-21 and 41-25)
The folks in SCISA better keep an eye on ACS this season. The team’s skill position players are too talented for it not to have a great year. ACS should be able to improve to 2-0 versus Ben Lippen.
ACS 44, Ben Lippen 23
Augusta Prep (0-0) at Bethlehem Christian Academy (0-0)
Last year’s record: Augusta Prep was 6-4; BCA went 0-4
Last meeting: Prep cruised last year 35-7
All-time record: Prep leads 1-0
I do not have a ton of info on Bethlehem Christian Academy, but I know a couple of key items. First, it lost to the Cavs 35-7 last year. Also, Augusta Prep returns most of its key players from last season. That is enough for me to feel good about this one.
Augusta Prep 42, BCA 13