Last Week: 5-0
Season total: 29-8 (78.4 percent)
This week’s games:
Evans (3-2) vs. Jones County (3-2)
Last week: Evans edged Greenbrier in overtime 22-21; Jones County lost to Warner Robins 35-7.
Last meeting: Jones County beat Evans 27-6 in 2005
All-time: The series is tied 1-1
Marty Jackson made a gutsy call to go for two in overtime versus Greenbrier last week. It paid off as Evans improved to 3-2. The team will have to play better this week if it expects to win. I think the Knights will step up.
Evans 23, Jones County 21
Greenbrier (1-4) vs. Warner Robins (4-1)
Last week: Greenbrier lost a heartbreaker to Evans in overtime 22-21; Warner Robins beat Jones County 35-7
Warner Robins has 23 region titles and four state titles. That might not help the team this year, but the fact that it has outscored its two region opponents this season by a margin of 69-13 does.
Warner Robins 41, Greenbrier 10
Grovetown (1-4) at Northside Warner Robins (5-0)
Last week: Grovetown lost a close battle with Lakeside 21-17; Northside crushed Houston County 41-3
Last meeting: NS Warner Robins beat Grovetown 47-7 in their only meeting
Grovetown’s incredibly tough schedule continues this week. Northside Warner Robins is ranked No. 1 in AAAAA and the team’s worst season in the past 15 years was a 10-3 campaign. This year, the team has outscored opponents 233-28. That makes for a tough night for Grovetown.
NS Warner Robins 52, Grovetown 14
Harlem (1-5) at East Laurens (4-2)
Last week: Harlem lost to Westside 28-15; East Laurens beat Dublin 46-17
Harlem put up a good fight last week in a loss to Westside, but this week will be a tougher test. East Laurens has won three games in a row and scored 99 points in two region games.
East Laurens 37, Harlem 13
Lakeside (2-3) at Houston County (2-3)
Last week: Lakeside rallied late to beat Grovetown 21-17; Houston County lost to Northside Warner Robins 41-3
Lakeside has a chance to get back to .500 this week. Grovetown did beat Houston County, but quarterback Juwan Biggers ran wild for 253 yards rushing and accounted for four touchdowns. The Panthers will need someone to step up and make a few big plays.
Lakeside 28, Houston County 23
Augusta Christian (7-0) at Hammond (8-0)
Last week: ACS beat Porter Gaud 58-26; Hammond beat Ben Lippen 33-14
Last meeting: Hammond beat ACS twice last season (21-20 and 49-20)
The headline for Hammond’s athletic website says “108 State Championships... and counting.” I have no clue what sports those titles came in, but they have won six consecutive South Carolina Independent Schools Association football titles. Since 2004, Hammond is 81-10.
That said, this ACS team is extremely good and I think it can win.
ACS 32, Hammond 30
Augusta Prep (3-3) vs. Anderson (5-1)
Last week: Prep knocked off East Atlanta 22-15; Anderson was idle
Last meeting: Augusta Prep beat Anderson twice last year (31-21 and 28-14)
Prep snapped their three-game losing streak with a hard-fought victory over East Atlanta. Anderson was off and had an extra week. Anderson beat East Atlanta 35-15 two weeks ago.
Anderson 27, Augusta Prep 23