Last week, I was just 3-2 to put me at 34-7 for the season. Now, I have only one team to follow as the season ended for Greenbrier, Lakeside, Harlem and Augusta Christian last week. Therefore, I guess we will start this week's breakdown with the Evans Knights.
Evans (10-0) will play host to Mt. Zion, Jonesboro (6-4) in the first round of the GHSA playoffs
Last Week: Evans topped Richmond Academy 27-10; Mt. Zion fell to Ola 27-26
The Knights got another big game from junior Jonathan Finch in last week's win. Finch rambled for 222 yards and three scores. He enters the playoffs on the verge of one of the best seasons in school history, with 1,520 yards and 18 touchdowns on 177 carries.
Once again, the Knights' defense played well, limiting the Musketeers to 10 points. For the season, the Knights have yielded just 7.2 points per game.
Mt. Zion has averaged 26.5 points in its six wins, but was shut out twice in its four losses. The Knights should advance despite drawing a tough No. 4 seed.
Evans 23, Mt. Zion 13
The Wolfpack closed out a rough year with a wild 59-57 win over Redan. Greenbrier had scored only 55 points in region play all year, so the score was quite a surprise.
Trailing 31-7 at the half, the 'Pack put up a whopping 52 in the second half to rally for the thrilling win.
They have a lot of work ahead of them if they plan to compete in their brutally tough region next year.
It is a shame Lakeside did not make the postseason. I cannot imagine there are very many teams that would have liked to face them in the opening round. The Panthers opened 3-3, but won their final four games by a combined score of 133-26.
They closed out the season with a dominant performance in a 35-7 win over Josey. The Panthers had region champ Evans beat before falling 19-15, and they knocked off second-place Hephzibah 18-16. Chad Chandler will be sorely missed. The talented quarterback was fun to watch during the past couple of seasons, and will certainly garner some postseason honors.
The Bulldogs quietly strung together three wins to close the season. They won four of their last five, too. The Bulldogs' offense found its rhythm behind the running of Zach Morris and Seth Hill. The duo helped the Bulldogs average 41 points per game over the last three games of the season. The good news is that both will be back next season.
Aug. Christian (8-4)
Plenty of teams would be happy with an eight-win season and a postseason berth. However, when you get accustomed to advancing deep in the playoffs, anything less is disappointing. The Lions fell 26-9 in Round 1 of the SCISA playoffs to Wilson Hall to close out the season at 8-4.
William Banks had a year to remember. The senior quarterback finished the season with 1,272 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns on 164 carries. He also passed for 869 yards and eight more scores.
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