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Ashley Brown: Evans, Grovetown have a shot at advancing in playoffs

Posted: November 8, 2017 - 2:50am

Well, four of our five public schools earned spots in the GHSA State Playoffs.

Evans scored late to knock off Heritage, 42-35, capping an exciting season for the Knights. They were a perfect 5-0 in region play to capture the region title. Grovetown used a stingy defense and much-improved offense to wrap up a home playoff spot. Harlem's dynamic duo in the backfield of Cameron Garnett and A.J. Brown helped propel the Bulldogs to a postseason berth, and Lakeside's tough early schedule prepared them for region play as they captured the No. 4 seed and a trip to play Tucker.

Here's a look at this week's games:

Last Week: 3-1

Season Total: 49-11

 

Evans (8-2) vs. Drew (4-6)

Evans: 43.4 points per game/19.6 points allowed per game

Drew: 20.9 points per game/29.9 points allowed per game

Drew is led by QB Gary Tyner. He has thrown 8 TDs and run for 9 more. Drew will have to slow down a high-powered offense, led by QB Damekus Taylor (35 total TDs - 11 passing and 24 rushing) and Corey Watkins (1,208 yards rushing and 18 TDs).

Evans 38, Drew 20

 

Grovetown (6-4) vs. Lovejoy (6-4)

Grovetown: 24.5 points per game/23.8 points allowed per game

Lovejoy: 29.6 points per game/26.2 points allowed per game

Lovejoy is led by talented senior RB Zion Custis.

He is not big (5-foot-8, 180 pounds), but he puts up big numbers. He has rushed for 1,754 yards and 27 touchdowns on just 165 carries.

That said, Lovejoy has only attempted 26 passes all year, which means Grovetown can key on the run. Grovetown's defense has struggled with teams that are more balanced. The Warriors may be able to slow down Custis enough to win.

Grovetown 27, Lovejoy 25

 

Lakeside (2-8) at Tucker (9-1)

Lakeside: 7.4 points per game/31.5 points allowed per game

Tucker: 44.2 points per game/10.0 points allowed per game

The good news is Lakeside made the playoffs ... the bad news is they travel to Tucker. Tucker is the defending state runner-up and boasts three of the top 27 recruits for the Class of 2018 (Josh Vann, WR, South Carolina commit; Michael Harris, LB, Auburn commit; Dylan Wonnum, OT, undecided). RB Taurean Taylor leads a potent ground attack with more than 800 yards and 12 TDs on just 73 carries.

Tucker 55, Lakeside 7

 

Harlem (7-3) at Dublin (6-4)

Harlem: 30.9 points per game/19.8 points allowed per game

Dublin: 27.6 points per game/17.2 points allowed per game

Harlem has had a tremendous season and they have their two standout running backs returning next season. They can win this game, but it will take a flawless performance.

Dublin 34, Harlem 26

 

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