Last Week: 2-1
Season Total: 44-12
First, congratulations to Marty Jackson and the Evans Knights. They pulled off an amazing comeback and knocked off archrival Lakeside 26-21. The Knights scored two touchdowns in the game’s final 50 seconds to stun the Panthers.
I told someone before the game that in order to win the game Evans needed to come up with a couple of big plays and starting field position would be a key. Well, I would call a 45 yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining in the game a big play.
Throughout the game, Evans started its offensive possessions near midfield. While those two elements were huge for Evans, perhaps the biggest thing the Knights did was play keep away. What is the best way to slow down a great offense? Keep them off the field. That is exactly what EHS did. Evans ran the ball 52 times for 205 yards.
Evans QB Matlln Marshall used short passes to control the ball. He finished the night 12-15 for 97 yards (and 45 yards came on his final pass). The result was 68 total plays for the Evans offense, compared to just 44 plays for Lakeside. Sure, the weather probably helped Evans’ cause.
Sure, Lakeside missed a couple of field goals that might have put the game away. Sure, Evans was fortunate to score two touchdowns and execute a successful onside kick in the final 50 seconds of the game. But they also jumped out to a lead and made Lakeside play catch-up. The Knights held the Panthers to just 8 first downs and 67 yards rushing.
This week’s picks:
Evans (5-4, 3-3) at Northside Warner Robins (8-1, 5-1)
Last Week: Evans beat Lakeside 26-21 / NS Warner Robins lost to Warner Robins 28-18
Last Meeting: Northside topped Evans 45-0 and leads the all-time series 17-6 over the Knights.
Evans kept their playoff hopes alive with their win over Lakeside. To have a chance to play in the postseason, Evans must first beat NS Warner Robins. That is not easy. The Eagles were 190-19 since 1998 before last week’s upset at the hands of Warner Robins. That’s right; Evans must beat a Northside team coming off a loss to their heated rival. I am proud of the kids at Evans, but this may be too much to ask.
NS Warner Robins 38 Evans 19
Greenbrier (0-9, 0-6) at Houston Co. (6-3, 4-2)
Last Week: Greenbrier lost to Grovetown 17-14 / Houston County beat Jones County 38-0
Last Meeting: Greenbrier knocked off Houston County last year 33-14
Houston County is playing as well as anyone in the region right now. Greenbrier has had a long, tough season and it will likely end with their 10th consecutive loss.
Houston County 47 Greenbrier 10
Grovetown (2-7, 1-5) at Jones County (4-5, 2-4)
Last Week: Grovetown topped Greenbrier 17-14 / Jones County lost to Houston County 38-0
Last Meeting: Jones County won 48-37 last year
Grovetown came from behind last week to avoid the upset vs. Greenbrier. Jones County has lost 4 straight games, but they should still be able to get the victory on their home turf.
Jones County 37 Grovetown 13
Harlem (6-3, 2-2) at Laney (7-2, 5-0)
Last Week: Harlem was idle / Laney beat Dublin 26-0
Last Meeting: Laney won 47-6 last year
Laney clinched the region crown with their 26-0 win over Dublin last week. It appeared Harlem needed a huge upset over the Wildcats to make the playoffs. It is possible Westside might be forced to forfeit several games. If so, Harlem could be headed to the playoffs even if they lose to Laney.
Lakeside (6-3, 4-2) vs. Warner Robins (8-1, 5-1)
Last Week: LHS lost to Evans 26-21 / WR shocked Northside 28-18
Last Meeting: Warner Robins moved to 8-0 in the series with a 40-10 win last year.
Can Lakeside bounce back from that heartbreaking loss and will Warner Robins be flat after such an emotional win? I think Lakeside bounces back, but I think they come up short. With a loss, the Panthers still will earn a postseason berth unless both Evans and Houston County win.
Warner Robins 33 Lakeside 30
Augusta Christian (3-7, 3-6) at Orangeburg Prep (10-1, 8-1)
Last Week: Orangeburg topped ACS 50-7
The Lions difficult season will likely come to an end this Friday. However, they will put up a better fight.
Orangeburg Prep 37 Augusta Christian 21
Augusta Prep (9-1, 5-0) vs. Crown (Woodstock, Ga) (9-2, 3-2)
State Semi Finals at St. Pius in Atlanta
Last Week: AP shut out Skipstone Academy 39-0 / Crown topped East Atlanta 17-14
With a win, Augusta Prep will advance to the Glory For Christ League State Championship Game.
Augusta Prep 38