Ashley Brown’s Columbia County Football Picks and Previews: Grovetown may struggle due to injuries
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Last Week’s Picks: 1-3
Season Total: 14-5
This week’s games:
Waco (1-2) @ Evans (3-1)
Last Week: Waco beat Swainsboro 27-22/Evans fell to Richmond Academy 17-16
Evans was rolling until they played a sloppy game versus a hungry squad from Richmond Academy. The Musketeers knocked off the Knights, but if Evans can forget that heartbreaker they should be able to get the victory against a solid Waco team.
Evans 29 Waco 20
Greenbrier (3-0) vs. Loganville (1-2)
Last Week: Greenbrier 38-3 over Grovetown/Loganville fell to Parkview 42-0
Greenbrier used their potent air attack and an opportunistic defense to crush Grovetown. They face a tougher opponent this week for sure. They must limit the penalties that plagued them last week in order to stay unbeaten. This is a tough call, but I will take Greenbrier.
Greenbrier 30 Loganville 27
Lakeside (1-2) vs. Morgan County (1-2)
Last Week: Lakeside blanked Effingham County 26-0/Morgan County beat Jasper County 28-0
Lakeside got a tremendous bounce back win last week versus Effingham County. I was happy to see their kids enjoy that win, and I think they can even their record this week against Morgan County.
Lakeside 30 Morgan County 15
Grovetown (1-3) vs. Southeast Bulloch (2-1)
Last Week: Grovetown lost to Greenbrier 38-3/SE Bulloch lost to Telfair County 20-7
No team in the area (and maybe the entire state) lost more production to graduation than Grovetown, and they are struggling because of it. Now, they have lost both their No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks to injury. Things are not looking good for the Warriors.
SE Bulloch 19 Grovetown 14
Harlem (0-3) vs. Lincoln County (2-1)
Last Week: Harlem was idle/Lincoln County topped Laney 13-7
Harlem is 0-3 but has played a brutal schedule (really its schedule all season is extremely difficult). They will have a test this week versus tradition-rich Lincoln County, but I think Cam Garnett and Jeremiah Ellis will be a little too much for the Red Devils.
Harlem 32 Lincoln Co. 20
Augusta Prep (2-2) vs. Hancock Academy (0-1)
Last Week: Augusta Prep lost to Bethlehem Christian 42-12/Hancock Academy lost to Central Fellowship 34-0
The Cavs should be able to get back in the win column after back-to-back losses. They are still a young team and depth is certainly an issue, but the improvement from a year ago is impressive.
Augusta Prep 29 Hancock Academy 13
Augusta Christian (4-0) @ Wilson Hall (3-1)
Last Week: The Lions game was deemed a no contest because of weather. They trailed First Baptist from Charleston S.C., 23-21 at the half before the game was called. No makeup date has been set/Wilson Hall beat Cardinal Newman 16-6
The Lions faced a tough opponent last week but proved they are ready for just about anyone with a solid performance before the game was called. Zack Blackwell, Jacob Walker, Jeb Bradford and Terrence Vandiver provide plenty of scoring punch, and Blackwell and Triston Trent lead a solid defense. They should be able to take care of business this week.