Last week: 3-2
Season total: 14-5
I missed a couple of games last week, but I was also dead-on in a couple. I picked Augusta Christian to beat Fox Creek 45-20. The final was 38-20. I also predicted Thomas Jefferson Academy would win by six points over Augusta Prep, and they did, escaping with a 44-38 victory.
Now, let’s see if we can have a perfect week.
Grovetown (0-2) vs. North Augusta (3-2)
This is the WJBF Game Night Live broadcast and will be on Com-cast Channel 380 and Knology Channel 246.
Last week: Grovetown was idle; North Augusta lost a 35-34 overtime heartbreaker to Sumter
All-time: First meeting
Grovetown’s tough early season schedule continues against a good North Augusta team. The Jackets might not be as good as in the past few years (35-6 the last three seasons), but it is still a talented squad.
Grovetown has had an extra week off to prepare and North Augusta had four starters on the sidelines with injuries late in the Sumter game last week, so this looks like a good spot for Grovetown. Even so, I think North Augusta has a little too much for the Warriors.
North Augusta 34, Grovetown 17
Evans (1-1) vs. Jefferson County (1-2)
Last week: Evans lost to Elbert County 38-7; Jefferson County beat Greenbrier 19-6
All-time: Jefferson County is 2-0 versus Evans. The last match-up was a 24-14 Jefferson County win in 2005.
The Knights looked great in their first game against Richmond Academy but took a hit last week against Elbert County. Jefferson County might be 1-2, but one of those losses was against a solid Baldwin team. My guess is this will be a defensive battle similar to Jefferson County’s match-up with Greenbrier.
Jefferson County 16, Evans 14
Harlem (0-3) vs. Social Circle (0-2)
Last week: Harlem lost to Glascock County 13-7; Social Circle was idle
All-time: First meeting
Harlem has been more competitive this year, but is still looking for its first win. Maybe I should quit my Bulldog picks. This week the team faces a Social Circle team that also is struggling. The team has been out-scored 70-13 in two losses and is 3-17 over the past two seasons. I am going with Harlem one more time.
Social Circle 16
Lakeside (0-2) at Westside (3-0)
Last week: Lakeside was idle; Westside beat Hephzibah 39-8.
Last meeting: Lakeside shut out Westside 39-0 in 2009. The Panther squad leads the series 8-6 and has won five straight.
I feel for Jarret Troxler and the Panthers. They were down 27-21 at Thomson on Sept. 7 before a couple of key injuries. Quarterback Zach Banks and running back Michael Wilson went down with knee injuries. Wilson is likely done for the season. Banks will probably be back this season but will be out for 2-8 weeks.
Westside is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2006. The team has had an easy schedule thus far with wins over Cross Creek, Butler and Hephzibah. I think, even banged up, Lakeside should pull this one out.
Augusta Christian (4-0) vs Pinewood Prep (1-3)
Last week: ACS topped Fox Creek 38-20; Pinewood Prep lost to Cardinal Newman 42-7.
Last meeting: Augusta Christian won last season’s match-up 36-10
The Lions have a good team. There are at least six players who would be standouts on any area team. I normally try not to pick based on how teams fared against common opponents, but this one is hard to look past. Cardinal Newman beat Pinewood Prep 42-7. That is the same Cardinal Newman team that the Lions crushed 55-15 two weeks ago.
Augusta Christian 58, Pinewood Prep 13
Augusta Prep (2-1) at Georgia Force (3-1)
Last week: Augusta Prep lost a narrow decision to Thomas Jefferson Academy; Georgia Force lost to East Atlanta 12-7.
Last meeting: Georgia Force topped Prep last season 30-9
We might have learned more about Augusta Prep’s team in last week’s loss than we did in either of its wins. Prep was getting crushed by Thomas Jefferson 38-7 before scoring 31 consecutive points to tie the game 38-38. The Cavs lost, but the team showed some real fight.. Prep lost big to Georgia Force last year, but this is a different Cavaliers squad.
Augusta Prep 27, Georgia Force 23