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Prep predictions heading into week three

This week's games

Posted: September 4, 2012 - 9:35am  |  Updated: September 5, 2012 - 12:13am

Last Week: 4-2

Season Total: 6-2

I have never been happier to be wrong than I was this past week. I predicted ARC would edge Evans in a close game. Instead the Knights looked terrific in a 21-12 victory. Ronnie Graham was sensational for Evans. The Junior tailback ran for 227 yards and 3 scores. The thing that most stood out for me was the effort by the Knights.

Last season there were moments when it did not appear Evans was giving all it could. What a difference a year makes. The 2012 Knights appear locked in. The team was flying to the ball and was the aggressor on Thursday Night.

There were several ferocious hits in the game, but none bigger than the shot Senior DB Jabari Nelson handed to ARC Tailback C.J. Welcher. It was only week one, but I am labeling this one the hit of the year. Welcher was coming out of the backfield for a screen pass that Nelson sniffed out perfectly. He came in full speed with a perfect form tackle that echoed throughout the stadium. I also predicted a Harlem loss in week one.

I can truly say I have never been happier with an incorrect pick. Those kids deserved something positive and starting 2012 with a victory certainly falls into that category. It was the team’s first win in a season opener since 2005 when it beat Evans 13-7. The picks weren’t all bad. I nearly predicted the final score correctly in the two private school games last week.

This week’s games

Last Week: Greenbrier was idle and North Augusta lost to Valdosta 28-7

Last Meeting: First meeting between the two schools

The Pack opened its season with a solid 23-6 victory over Cross Creek, but steps up big in competition this week. While the Yellow Jackets team may not be as good as it was a year ago, it is still a formidable opponent. The team has gone 35-6 over the last three seasons. The Jackets do have a short week after playing Valdosta on Saturday and Greenbrier is coming off a bye week. Plus, I am sure there are a few Greenbrier players that would like to beat Cody Turner. Turner was Greenbrier’s QB a year ago but transferred to North Augusta this summer.

North Augusta 27

Greenbrier 17

Last Week: Grovetown lost to Washington Co. 65-14. Swainsboro was idle (they lost to Worth Co. 14-7 on 8/24)

Last Meeting: First meeting between the two schools

Grovetown has no time to lick its wounds after a blowout loss to Washington Co. The Warriors travel to Swainsboro to play a Tiger squad that boasts a rich tradition with 500 all-time wins. However after back-to-back 10-win seasons, Swainsboro went 3-7 a year ago. This should be a good match-up.

Grovetown 20

Swainsboro 16

Last Week: Harlem topped GMC 13-7 while Oglethorpe lost to Johnson (Gainesville) 36-21

Last Meeting: Harlem crushed Oglethorpe 54-13 in 2001

All-Time: Harlem leads the series 7-4-1

The Bulldogs are coming off a terrific win in their season opener and seem to like playing schools their own size. Like Harlem, Oglethorpe is in Class AA, so perhaps Harlem can start the year 2-0. It has been 32 years since Harlem has accomplished that feat, but there is no better time than the present.

Harlem 23

Oglethorpe 17

Last Week: Lakeside lost to Statesboro 26-7. Thomson had an off week

Last Meeting: Thomson won last year’s matchup 57-39

All-Time: Thomson leads the series 11-1 (Lakeside’s only win came in 1993)

Once again this season Jarret Troxler has not shied away from playing the best possible competition, which you have to respect. However, beating a Thomson team coming off a bye week at The Brickyard is no small feat. Thomson has already knocked off last year’s AAA State Champ, Burke Co., 21-14. The Bulldogs have four or five players that can hurt you on any given play and that may be too much to ask of an inexperienced Panther defense.

Thomson 31

Lakeside 20

Last Week: ACS beat Ben Lippen 45-28. Cardinal Newman fell to St. Josephs Catholic 37-23

Last Meeting: The Lions beat Cardinal Newman last year 31-17

Augusta Christian QB Tyler Roberson is an early front runner for County Player of the Year honors. He was 12 for 17 passing for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns in last week’s win over Ben Lippen. For the season, Roberson is 27 for 38 (71%) for 473 yards and 5 TDs. He also has ran the ball 21 times for 181 yards and 4 more scores. Accounting for 9 touchdowns in two games — not too shabby. He has also found a go-to receiver in Nick Fortenberry. The Lions basketball star has caught 15 passes for 268 yards and a pair of scores already. He had two TD receptions of more than 50 yards last week. I really like this ACS Team. They should be able to pile up plenty of offense this week.

Augusta Christian 44

Cardinal Newman 21

Last Week: Augusta Prep beat Bethlehem Christian 36-14 while Curtis topped Covenant Academy 33-7

Last Meeting: First meeting between the two schools

Nolan Palmer ran for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week for the Cavaliers. Curtis will provide more of a challenge this week, but I am going with AP in this one. Curtis is coached by former Augusta Christian standout Nathan Duffie.

Augusta Prep 27

Curtis Baptist 20

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