1. Burke County-3-1
3. North Augusta-5-0
4. Washington County-2-2
5. Strom Thurmond-5-0
7. Lincoln County-5-0
8. Fox Creek-6-0
10. Warren County-4-1
My top five stayed the same. Burke County continues to destroy local teams while Thomson' offense has been on fire.
With a 6-2 mark last week, I'm hoping it's a sign I'm about to go on a roll.
Wilkinson County at Aquinas
The Fighting Irish have rebounded nicely since losing the first game of the season, but the competition is tougher this week. Wilkinson County is undefeated and reached the Class A state semifinals in 2010. Though at home, Aquinas will fall to 0-8 all-time against the Warriors.
Wilkinson County, 30-21
Butler at Grovetown
For the most part, teams on the South Carolina side of the river are wrapping up their nonregion schedules. It's that time of year where a team should be refining and fine tuning in preparation for the region schedule. Wins and losses still don't mean much, but who wants to lose?
Here's my take on this week's games.
Season picks: 15-6
Last week: 4-2
Silver Bluff (3-1) at Strom Thurmond (4-0)
1. Burke County-2-1
3. North Augusta-4-0
4. Washington County-1-2
5. Strom Thurmond-4-0
6. Lincoln County-4-0
9. Silver Bluff-3-1
10. Fox Creek-5-0
With Thomson's win at WACO, the Bulldogs jump to right behind Burke County. The Bears, who lost by 10 on the road to a Class AAAAA power, are still safely No. 1.
Even with their loss, the Golden Hawks shouldn't fall very far. In fact, a case could be made Washington County should be No. 3.
Football weather is finally here. Grab a jacket tonight, and enjoy some quality high school football. It's out there this week, and Aiken County's list of games is no exception. The contenders are starting to emerge from the pretenders. Though I'm still not convinced about some teams (Aiken), others are starting to change my mind (North Augusta).
Here's a quick look at what I think will happen around the county tonight.
Season picks: 11-4
Last week: 2-1
It was a slightly better performance for me last week, when I went 5-2. It's going to be a challenge to post a good mark this week, however, as there are plenty of good games.
Lincoln County at Greenbrier
Lincoln County won last year, 30-7, but Greenbrier appears to be better than it was a year ago. The Wolfpack's three games have all been close, and Greenbrier has won two of those. At home, the Wolfpack could win, but I think the Red Devils get it done.
Lincoln County, 31-21
1. Burke County-2-0
2. Washington County-1-1
3. North Augusta-3-0
5. Strom Thurmond-3-0
6. Lincoln County-3-0
7. Silver Bluff-3-0
10. Fox Creek-4-0
I also considered South Aiken (2-1), which has nothing to feel down about. The Thoroughbreds played well against Silver Bluff and are home against Strom Thurmond this week. So South Aiken can jump into my poll next week.
Now that we're three weeks in, it's a little easier to start dividing the good teams from the bad. But I've been doing this long enough to know that wins and losses aren't the only factors to consider. For instance, Midland Valley is 0-2 with nothing but a pair of blown leads. But those losses have come against bigger schools, and as long as the Mustangs can stay away from injuries and low morale, they'll be set up to contend for another region championship.
It was another mediocre week for me last week, but maybe I can post an impressive percentage for this smaller slate.
Evans at Glenn Hills
Evans followed up a win against ARC with a loss to Grovetown but should get back to its winning ways this Friday. Glenn Hills had off last week and hopes to do better than it did in last year's meeting, a 49-13 Evans victory. Knights RB Stephon Jacobs should have a good game.
Greenbrier at Hephzibah