Here are my picks for the winners in this week's prep football:
Last week's picks: 4-1
Total for season: 26-5
Evans (8-0, 7-0) at Cross Creek (2-6, 2-5)
Last Week: Evans edged Hephzibah 21-12; Cross Creek lost to Richmond Academy 30-20
The Knights survived a scare from the Rebels last week to remain undefeated. They will try to go to 9-0 for the first time since 1987 this week against Cross Creek.
The Knights should have no problem in this one. Cross Creek will try to use the passing game with quarterback Keenan Grissett, but that means pass rushers Nigel Charles and Reuben Faloughi should have a big game.
Evans 27, Cross Creek 7
Lakeside (5-3, 4-3) at Butler (0-8, 0-7)
Last Week: Lakeside pounded Westside 41-13; Butler got hammered by Harlem 50-14
The Panthers' offense is clicking, which is bad news for a Butler team that yields nearly 40 points a game. Look for QB Chad Chandler to have a big night and Lakeside to get win No. 6.
Lakeside 38, Butler 7
Harlem (2-6, 2-5) vs. Josey (2-6, 2-5)
Last Week: Harlem rolled past Butler 50-14; Josey lost to Glenn Hills 30-20
Josey has been very competitive in losses to Glenn Hills and Evans the past two weeks, but the Eagles will have a tough time containing Harlem running back Seth Hill.
Hill is starting to turn heads in the area after another great game last week (266 yards against Butler). I like the Bulldogs to win a tight one.
Harlem 14, Josey 13
Greenbrier (1-7, 0-5) vs. Stephenson (7-1, 4-1)
Last Week: Greenbrier lost to M.L. King 42-14; Stephenson shut out Union Grove 25-0
Stephenson is as athletic as any team in the state and has won its past three games by a combined score of 100-7. And Stephenson wasn't playing bad opponents, beating M.L. King, Union Grove and Redan. The Wolfpack will have a tough time.
Stephenson 48, Greenbrier 7
Augusta Christian (8-2) at Hammond (7-2)
Last Week: Augusta Christian was upset by Pinewood Prep 38-28; Hammond knocked off Heathwood Hall 51-28
This is a rematch of last year's state title game. Hammond prevailed 17-14 in that one. Hammond also topped ACS 28-21 in the regular season. This one should be close, too. The Lions gave up 21 unanswered points to Pinewood last week, but they must forget that heading into their last regular-season game.
Hammond 28, Augusta Christian 27
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