Before we begin this week's high-school football picks, I first must congratulate the Lakeside Panthers. I don't think anyone expected Lakeside to be 3-0 at this point, but that just goes to show you great things can happen when a team works hard, prepares, and most importantly, believes in itself.
Kudos to Lakeside coach Randy Hill, his staff and to the Panthers.
Lakeside has a stiff challenge this week at Panther Stadium, but the visitors from Thomson High School are going to face quite a test themselves.
Now that the pat on the back is out of the way, here's my take on this week's high-school action.
First Presbyterian Day (2-2) at Augusta Christian (4-1): The Lions hammered Brentwood last week at Pride Valley, but this week's home game won't be that easy. First Presbyterian was hit hard by graduation, but FPD still is a formidable opponent. If AC plays mistake-free football, the Lions should roar on Friday night.
Augusta Christian 27, First Presbyterian Day 23
Tri-Cities (1-1-1) at Evans (0-3): Evans is off to a rough start, and things won't get much better for the Knights this Friday at Blanchard Stadium. Tri-Cities has a stingy defense, so points will be tough to come by for Evans.
Tri-Cities 34, Evans 10
Thomson (2-1) at Lakeside (3-0): Three big wins for Lakeside, paced by three different Panther runners. Those performances have made me a believer, and there could be another step up the ladder for Lakeside this week. The Panthers face the defending Class AAAA state champions, but I think if Lakeside plays as well as it has in the first three games, the Bulldogs will be in for a surprise. Also, this is a great opportunity for Lakeside; a win would give the squad a leg up in the state playoff race, not to mention the statement it would send to the other teams in Region 3-AAAA.
Lakeside 14, Thomson 13
Greenbrier (2-1) at Butler (3-0): The Wolfpack is coming off a bitter loss to Lakeside, and for the second straight week, the Pack takes on a team riding a wave of confidence. This is almost a must-win for Greenbrier, and I think the Pack will step up against the Bulldogs.
Greenbrier 34, Butler 27
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