After back-to-back 3-0 weeks I stand at 7-1 thus far this season.
However, this week offers two extremely tough games to call. Lakeside-Glenn Hills is close to a toss up, and Augusta Christian faces a difficult opponent, too.
So here is a look at this week's picks:
Evans (2-0) at Harlem (0-2)
Evans leads the all-time series 19-13-1, including three of four since the rivalry resumed in 2004.
Jonathan Finch should rest up and get plenty of carbs prior to this one. The talented junior has more than 380 yards in the Knights' first two games and is facing a defense that has had a problem wrapping up backs.
Greenbrier played without their starting tailback, but still managed to have two backs top 100 yards on the night, producing five touchdowns on the ground in Harlem's opener. Now the Bulldogs get a visit from one of the premier tailbacks in the area.
Finch rambled for more than 200 yards in the Knights' season-opener against Greenbrier. He also scored a pair of touchdowns in this past week to help Evans avoid an upset by Lakeside.
Evans have squeaked past their two Columbia County opponents.
They should have a slightly easier time this week.
Do keep in mind that Harlem also piled up plenty of yards against Greenbrier and the 49-28 final was a little misleading as to how close the game was.
Evans 31, Harlem 13
Glenn Hills (1-1) at Lakeside (1-1)
The Panthers lead the all-time series with the Spartans 6-4. The two have not met since Glenn Hills beat Lakeside 26-13 in 2003. This year's match-up will feature two of the area's premier defensive players in Lakeside linebacker and East Carolina signee Kyle Tudor and two-time all-state defensive lineman Jerrico Brown.
The Panthers will likely play some inspired ball with head coach Jody Grooms back on the sidelines after serving a two-game suspension. That may be the difference in this tight match-up.
Lakeside 17, Glenn Hills 13
Augusta Christian (3-1) at Laurence Manning (3-0)
This is another good match-up. Laurence Manning is unbeaten and blasted Robert E. Lee last week 52-0, while the Lions crushed last season's Class AA state champ, Hilton Head Prep, 37-7 last week.
The Lions will have to slow down Thomas Peagler. He torched R.E. Lee for three first-half touchdowns last week, and can hurt teams running or catching the ball. Manning will need to focus on William Banks, who is off to a sizzling start. I think both defenses will have their hands full.
ACS 24, Laurence Manning 27
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