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Ashley Brown: Football season is underway in Columbia County

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 2:05am

Football season is officially underway. Augusta Prep trounced Bethesda Academy last week 50-12 to open what could be a very exciting year for the Cavaliers. Will Dorn rushed for over 100 yards and a score, and went four for four through the air for 100 yards and two scores. Also, B.J. Stone had himself an evening. The senior rambled for over 200 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries.

The rest of the schools in Columbia County were playing scrimmage games. Grovetown was the talk of the weekend after blanking perennial power Thomson, 21-0 in just a half. Greenbrier looked good in a 40-6 win over Westside. Hayden Harrison (QB) and JQ Brown (RB) were in midseason form in the win. Evans tied Lincoln Co. 10-10, but Knights fans were raving about their new QB, Thomson transfer Damekus Taylor, who should team nicely with Corey Watkins and Breshawn Willis for the Knights offense.

Now, it's time to get down to business as four Columbia County schools will be in action this Friday, with three schools opening their regular season. Here is a look at the matchups for the week:

Evans, Greenbrier and Harlem are each idle this week.

 

Grovetown (0-0) at Burke Co. (0-0)

Grovetown graduated 33 seniors including a half-dozen college signees, but they still have some weapons. RB Deangelo Durham and defensive standouts Shamar Cofield and Gregg Rodgers will need to play great, and they will need some help from a few newcomers if they are going to be able to go on the road and topple Burke Co. The Bears won nine games a year ago and have speedy QB Damari Kelly back running the offense. Burke Co. won last year, 29-7. I think this year's matchup will be closer, but I give the home team the edge.

Burke Co. 23, Grovetown 19

 

Lakeside (0-0) vs. North Augusta (0-0)

The Panthers have a good young QB in Will Childers, but they are facing a tough test to open the season. North Augusta has a trio of weapons on offense that can break open any game in QB Landon Washington, RB Derius Gibson and WR DeJuan Bell.

Last season, the Jackets picked off four Lakeside passes in the first half and routed LHS, 41-16. If Lakeside protects the football the score may not be as lopsided, but North Augusta should get the win.

North Augusta 38, Lakeside 17

 

Augusta Prep (1-0) at Augusta Christian (0-0)

The Cavaliers looked great in their season opener last week. They also crushed the Lions in 2016, 44-0.

The Lions will likely be without key newcomer T.J. Wilson, who suffered an off-field injury. Augusta Prep should be able to improve to 2-0.

Augusta Prep 37, Augusta Christian 13

 

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