Last week: 4-2
Season total: 18-7 (72 percent)
I was 4-2 last week, but probably do not deserve credit for all four correct picks. Even though I picked Harlem to win, I had it as a tight game. The Bulldogs crushed Social Circle 35-0. Congratulations to Jimmie Lewis and his team on a tremendous performance. Also, Evans had a great bounce-back win, knocking off Jefferson County, and Lakeside overwhelmed a previously unbeaten Westside 43-7.
This week’s picks:
Evans (2-1) at No. 10 Warner Robins (2-1)
Last week: Evans topped Jefferson County 24-20; Warner Robins beat Douglas County 52-14.
Last meeting: Warner Robins won 52-7 in 1997.
All-time: Warner Robins leads the series 14-2.
Evans picked up a nice win last week but has a serious competition upgrade this week. The only Warner Robins loss was to Peach County 29-24. Peach County is ranked first in Class AAA. Evans will have to play its very best football.
Warner Robins 31, Evans 14
Greenbrier (1-2) at Jones County (2-1)
Last week: Greenbrier was idle; Jones County beat Putnam County 50-20.
Last meeting: Greenbrier won 35-6 in 2005.
All-time: Greenbrier leads the series 3-1.
Greenbrier had a week off to prepare for its Region 2-AAAAA opener. Jones County is 2-1, but the team’s schedule has not been very difficult.
I think this is a toss-up, but I will go with the home team to win a very close game.
Jones County 20, Greenbrier 14
Grovetown (0-3) vs. Houston County (2-1)
Last week: Grovetown lost to North Augusta 42-7; Houston County was idle.
Last meeting: First match-up.
Houston County has had some decent teams over the years, but they have already equaled the win total from a terrible 2011 campaign that saw the team finish 2-8.
Grovetown has played a very tough schedule so far and should be able to play a competitive game this week, but I will take Houston County to win a close one.
Houston County 23, Grovetown 17
Harlem (1-3) at Screven Co. (3-1)
Last week: Harlem spanked Social Circle 35-0; Screven County beat Windsor Forest 36-26.
Last meeting: First match-up.
Harlem is coming off a nice confidence-building win over Social Circle. However, Screven County is certainly not Social Circle. Screven County has a high-powered offense that is averaging 40 points per game. This is a tough way for Harlem to begin play in Region 3-AA.
Screven County 37, Harlem 13
Lakeside (1-2) vs. (2) Northside Warner Robins (3-0)
Last week: Lakeside beat Westside 43-7; NS Warner Robins beat Westside-Macon 42-18.
Last meeting: NS Warner Robins won last year 57-14.
All-time: NS Warner Robins leads the series 6-1 (Lakeside won 44-38 in 1994)
This game is asking a little much of a young Panthers team. Northside Warner Robins is one of the finest programs in the Southeast. Since 1998 it has won 172 games and lost 18. That is an average of 12.1 wins and 1.3 losses a season for 14 years.
NS Warner Robins 44, Lakeside 20
(2) Augusta Christian (5-0) at (8) Laurence Manning (4-2)
Last week: ACS beat Pinewood Prep 40-6; Laurence Manning topped Ben Lippen 25-20.
Last meeting: ACS won last year 32-14.
Laurence Manning seems to have improved from last year, but faces a team that may be headed for the South Carolina Independent Schools Association championship game. The Lions continue to get excellent play from senior quarterback Tyler Roberson. Through five games he has thrown for 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions. He has also run for eight touchdowns. I expect Roberson and the Lions to stay unbeaten.
ACS 37, Laurence Manning 20
Augusta Prep (2-2) vs. Westminster (5-0)
Last week: Prep narrowly lost to Georgia Force 22-21; Westminster crushed Hancock Academy 68-6
Westminster is unbeaten, but the schedule is nothing to write home about. This one is a coin flip. I really would not be surprised if the Cavs win, but I will take Westminster to win a very close game.
Westminster 37, Augusta Prep 35