This week's picks
The parity in high school football continued last weekend.
Burke County went to Thomson and knocked off the Bulldogs 24-21. Injury-plagued Greenbrier dropped to 0-3, while Lakeside proved it could be a team to watch in AAAA.
And, of course,Jimmie Lewis' Bulldogs played a solid game in a trouncing of Richmond Hill. All this sounds fun for the fans, but it makes picking games extremely tough. But I have not given up yet.
Harlem vs. Richmond Academy
The Bulldogs are 2-2, which already puts them even with, or ahead of, the win total most predicted for the entire season. This week I'm going with the Dogs to move to 3-2. ARC and the Dogs are actually pretty even, so it should be a close game. The team that forces turnovers or wins the field position battle will come out on top. I'll go with Lewis' Bulldogs to edge the Musketeers.
Harlem 21 ARC 17
Evans vs. Greenbrier
If the Pack were at full strength they may have a slight edge in this one, but they are not. They have been snake bitten this season. First, they lost their best college prospect, J.C. Jennings, last spring to off the field matters. Then in preseason practice, they lost the reigning County Player of the Year, Eugene Rogers, to a broken hand. That would be enough to devastate most teams by itself. However, Greenbrier also has been without starting QB Sean Gray and All-County linebacker Eric Smith.
All teams face injury each year, but the Pack have been hit extremely hard. Evans played terrific in their wins over Harlem and Laney. However, they struggled on both sides of the ball in a loss to Jefferson County. The Knights should be able to get the win here, but it will be tight.
Evans 23 Greenbrier 20
Augusta Christian & Lakeside - Idle
Bratton has another solid game
Former Lakeside star Brian Bratton helped his fifth-ranked Furman Paladins move to 2-0 as they knocked off Samford 45-10.
This is the same Samford team that Georgia Tech only beat 28-7. Bratton caught 4 passes for 81 yards with a 14 yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. He also averaged 31.5 yards on two kickoff returns including a 42 -arder which led to another Furman score.
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