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Football picks for Sept. 13-14

Posted: September 11, 2012 - 11:09pm

Last week: 4-2

Season total: 11-3

With many teams in Georgia changing region and classification, it has been a little tougher to pick games this year. This week, with four of our county teams playing schools they have never faced, will be no different. There are, however, some interesting match-ups that really make me look forward to Thursday and Friday.

Thursday (WJBF Game Night Live)

Augusta Christian (3-0) vs. Fox Creek (1-2)

Last week: ACS crushed Cardinal Newman 55-15; Fox Creek beat Branchville 38-15

Last meeting: Augusta Christian won 48-19 in 2009 and leads the series 4-0

Fox Creek head coach Russ Schneider played for the Lions but has had little success against his alma mater. The Lions come into the game averaging 42.3 points per game, so I do not think Schneider’s luck will change this year. This game will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 380 and Knology Channel 246.

Augusta Christian 45, Fox Creek 20

Friday

Evans (1-0) vs. Elbert County (0-2)

Last week: Evans was idle; Elbert County lost to Cedar Shoals 35-28

Last meeting: First meeting

This is a tough game to call. Evans is a much larger school and looked great two weeks ago in their win over Richmond Academy. Elbert County comes in 0-2. However, those losses are to Buford and Cedar Shoals and the loss to Buford, a perennial state powerhouse, was only 14-3. That said, I liked what I saw from the Knights in the opener. If the team plays hard-nosed, aggressive football, it can win this one.

Evans 23, Elbert Co. 20

Greenbrier (1-1) vs. Jefferson County (0-2)

Last week: Greenbrier lost to North Augusta 35-7; Jefferson County was idle

Last meeting: First meeting

This is a similar script to the Evans/Elbert County match-up. Jefferson County is 0-2 but its losses are to the No. 4 team in AAAA and the No. 2 team in Class AA. Greenbrier played North Augusta tough in the first half but had a hard time slowing down the Jackets in the second.

Jefferson County 17, Greenbrier 16

Harlem (0-2) at Glascock County (0-3)

Last week: Harlem lost to Oglethorpe County 35-13; Glascock fell to Georgia Military College 42-26

Last meeting: Harlem won 42-6 in 1999 and leads the series 4-0

The Harlem team has been much more competitive this season. It helps when you play some schools your size. This week it actually plays a smaller school. It should be a Bulldog victory.

Harlem 27, Glascock County 13

Lakeside (0-2) at Westside (2-0)

Last week: Lakeside lost to Thomson 51-27; Westside beat Butler 21-6

Last meeting: Lakeside shut out Westside 39-0 in 2009. The Panthers lead the series 8-6 and have won five straight over the Patriots.

I feel for Jarret Troxler and the Panthers. They were down 27-21 at Thomson Friday before a couple of key injuries for the Panthers. Quarterback Zach Banks and running back Michael Wilson each went down with a knee injuries. Wilson’s was an ACL, and he is likely done for the season. Banks will probably be back this season with an MCL injury. He will be out for 2-8 weeks.

Westside is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since Gerald Barnes’ last season as head coach in 2007 and have feasted on Cross Creek and Butler. Still, I think even banged up Lakeside should pull this one out.

Lakeside 24, Westside 14

Augusta Prep (2-0) vs. Thomas Jefferson Academy (0-2)

Last week: Prep knocked off Curtis Baptist 31-12; Thomas Jefferson lost to Edmund Burke 26-12

Last meeting: First meeting

The Cavaliers have been very impressive so far this season. The team will have a little tougher test this week.

This will be Prep’s first Friday night home game under the newly installed lights on their football field.

Thomas Jefferson 30, Augusta Prep 24

Grovetown is off this week.

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