Last week: 3-0
Season: 47-11 (81 percent)
This week’s games:
Evans (3-6, 1-5) at No. 1 Northside Warner Robins (9-0, 6-0)
Last week: Evans lost to Lakeside 21-14; Northside beat arch-rival Warner Robins 35-28.
Last meeting: Northside Warner Robins beat Evans 26-0 in 2007
All-time: Northside Warner Robins leads 16-6
These two schools had some incredible match-ups in the late ’80s. This season Evans is struggling while Northside is the top-ranked team in AAAAA. This one comes down to something simple. The Knights have a tough time stopping the run and Northside Warner Robins has one of the state’s best offensive lines.
NS Warner Robins 52, Evans 10
Greenbrier (1-8, 0-6) vs. Houston County (3-6, 1-5)
Last week: Greenbrier lost to Grovetown 42-26; Houston County lost to Jones County 63-42.
Last meeting: First meeting
Greenbrier is having a tough season and is facing a team that gave Grovetown and Lakeside all they could handle. Houston County is probably one of the best teams in Georgia with only one region win.
Houston County 33, Greenbrier 19
Grovetown (3-6, 3-3) at Jones County (6-3, 4-2)
Last week: Grovetown beat Greenbrier 42-26; Jones County beat Houston County 63-42
Last meeting: First meeting
Jones County has been on a roll. It isn’t the same team that struggled with Greenbrier in Week 4. It has a big, physical offensive line and a pair of great running backs. However, Grovetown plays as hard as any team in the region and should be able to keep this one close.
Jones County 31, Grovetown 26
Harlem (2-7, 1-4) vs. Laney (6-3, 4-1)
Last week: Harlem was idle; Laney crushed Dublin 38-7.
Last meeting: Laney won 39-6 in 2003
All-time: Laney leads the series 3-1
Harlem lost a heartbreaker two weeks ago to Dublin. The team had last week off to prepare for a good Laney squad. The Wildcats team is athletic and talented and scored 54 points in the first half against Josey. The team’s losses are to Washington County and a pair of close losses to Westminster (Atlanta) and Screven County. In four match-ups with Richmond County schools, Laney is 4-0 with a point differential of 171-3.
Laney 46, Harlem 14
Lakeside (5-4, 4-2) at Warner Robins (7-2, 5-1)
Last week: Lakeside beat Evans 21-14; Warner Robins lost to Northside Warner Robins 35-28.
Last meeting: Warner Robins edged the Panthers 42-31 in the first round of the state playoffs last year.
All-time: Warner Robins leads the series 7-0
Lakeside is actually catching Warner Robins at a perfect time. Warner Robins easily could have a letdown after last week’s hard-fought, emotional loss to its arch-rival. The Panthers, who locked up a playoff spot last week, will need to play mistake-free football to get a win.
Warner Robins 34, Lakeside 24
Augusta Christian (11-0) vs. Orangeburg Prep (8-4)
Last week: ACS hammered Cardinal Newman 51-6; Orangeburg Prep edged Porter Gaud 17-14.
Last meeting: The Lions beat Orangeburg in this season’s regular-season finale two weeks ago, 42-20.
The Lions rolled up another 51 points last week and averages 40 points per game. It is always tough to beat a team twice, but the Lions should be able to take care of business.
Augusta Christian 35, Orangeburg Prep 20