Here are this week's picks for Columbia County's high school football contests:
Evans (0-4) at Jones County (0-4)
Both teams come in at 0-4 on the season. The Knights have managed just 29 points so far in 2005. Jones County has not fared much better. The Greyhounds have been outscored 187-37 in their first four games. In fairness to Jones County, they have played a brutal schedule. Their opponents have a combined record of 16-3 with two teams at 5-0.
For Evans to win, they are going to need a few big plays and they must create some turnovers. If not, the Knights could be headed to 0-5.
Jones County 24, Evans 13
Harlem (3-2) vs. Thomson (4-1)
Harlem has bounced back after subpar performances in weeks 2 and 3. They have won consecutive games, while outscoring their two opponents 68-18. Thomson is a solid squad, but not spectacular.
The area is down and if there was ever a season where the Harlem could compete with Thomson, this may be the year. Harlem must play error-free football. If they do, this may be closer than some fans might think.
Thomson 31, Harlem 23
Greenbrier (2-2) vs. Lakeside (2-2)
Lakeside has played terrific defense all year. They have held their opposition to just 13 points per contest. The problem has been putting their own points on the board. The Panthers have scored just 43 points so far this season.
Greenbrier has turned their season around after an 0-2 start, thanks to a revamped ground game. With Reggie Rice and Eric Smith leading the way, the Pack has won two straight.
This may be the toughest game to call since I began writing this column. I was leaning toward Greenbrier the past couple of days, but my pre-season pick in the county was Lakeside so I'll stick with the Panthers.
Lakeside 19, Greenbrier 17
ACS (4-0) at Heathwood Hall (4-0)
This is the battle of No.1 (Heathwood) vs. No.2 (ACS) in the South Carolina state rankings. The Lions had a week off to prepare for the Highlanders. Through their first 4 games the Lions have outscored their opponents 168-34. Heathwood Hall is the defending AAA state champion in South Carolina and they are at home, but I think the Lions will make a statement in this one.
ACS 28, Heathwood 20
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