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Cross-town rivalries head up a big week in high school football

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 11:12pm

Last week: 6-1

Season total: 24-8 (75 percent)

This week’s games

Evans (2-2) vs. Greenbrier (1-3)

Last week: Evans fell to Warner Robins 34-6; Greenbrier lost to Jones County 20-14.

Last meeting: Green­brier won 21-17 last year.

All-time: Greenbrier leads the series 7-5

Evans likely will be thinking revenge after Greenbrier stunned the Knights with a great comeback victory late last season. The Knights should have enough athletes to get past the ’Pack, but it probably will be close.

Evans 27, Greenbrier 17

Grovetown (1-3) at Lakeside (1-3)

Last week: Grove­town won a thriller over Houston County 27-23; Lakeside lost to No. 1-ranked Northside Warner Robins 56-0.

Last meeting: First match-up

Grovetown moved Juwan Biggers to quarterback in an attempt to get the ball into the speedster’s hands. The move paid off. Biggers ran the ball 15 times for 253 yards and three touch­downs to lead the War­riors to a huge win. He also ran back a kick 89 yards for another score. In fact, he scored all of Grovetown’s touchdowns in the 27-23 victory over Houston County. You can bet that is a film Jarret Troxler and the Panthers will be poring over this week. I think Lake­side will have a little too much for Grovetown.

Lakeside 28, Grovetown 20

Harlem (1-4) vs. Westside (4-1)

Last week: Harlem lost to Screven County 54-13; Westside topped Dublin 36-22.

Last meeting: Westside won last year 21-6.

All-time: The series is tied 5-5.

Westside has feasted on a very light schedule. The one difficult opponent was Lakeside, and the Panthers crushed the Pats 43-7. This one might be closer than the records would indicate.

Westside 30, Harlem 20

Augusta Christian (6-0)
vs. Porter Gaud (2-4)

Last week: ACS beat Laurence Manning 34-7; Porter Gaud lost to Hammond 65-35.

Last meeting: Augusta Christian opened the season with a 27-25 win at Porter Gaud last year.

Porter Gaud is better than its 2-4 record and has played a tough South Carolina Independent Schools schedule. Augusta Christian, however, is loaded. The Lions are averaging 39.8 points per game and are winning games on average, by more than 23 points per contest. They should be able to move to 7-0.

Augusta Christian 38, Porter Gaud 20

Augusta Prep (2-3)
vs. East Atlanta (5-1)

Last week: Prep lost to Westminster 34-7; East Atlanta lost to Anderson 35-15.

Last meeting: Augusta Prep beat East Atlanta twice last year, 22-12 and 43-20.

East Atlanta is off to a great start and is improved from a year ago. The Cavs are coming off a bad loss to Westminster. The question is: Can they bounce back? Despite East Atlanta allowing only 29 points all year, I think so.

Augusta Prep 17, East Atlanta 16

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