By: Wayne Staats on September 5, 2011 - 6:33pm - Add new comment

There are games with a lot of points.


Then there was Friday's Thomson-Lakeside contest. The Bulldogs won 57-39, with a combined 70 points scored in the second half. With the win, Thomson proved it's one of the best teams in the area. Lakeside might be as well, but the Panthers have another big game this Thursday against North Augusta.


Other thoughts:

By: Billy Byler on September 2, 2011 - 1:46am - Add new comment

Remember last week when I mentioned that I started the 2010 season 22-0 with my picks? Well, it's clearly not 2010.


Granted, predicting what a bunch of 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds are going to do on a Friday evening isn't easy. But I need to do better than I did last week if I'm going to call myself a professional sports writer.


So here's my attempt at picking the Week 2 games.


Season picks: 3-2

Last week: 3-2


Midland Valley (0-1) at South Aiken (0-0)

By: Wayne Staats on September 1, 2011 - 5:34pm - Add new comment

Pat Dye hasn't forgotten what he learned at Richmond Academy in the 1950s, when winning wasn't hoped for -- it was expected.


Dye, who won 99 games as Auburn's head coach and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, followed his two brothers to Richmond Academy and helped continue the school's decade of athletic dominance.


By: Wayne Staats on September 1, 2011 - 4:30pm - Add new comment

It was not a good week for me last week. I definitely underestimated Burke County, Cross Creek, Lincoln County and Washington County. All picked up impressive victories.


With opening games out of the way, we should be seeing less penalties and better execution on both sides of the ball. Good luck to your favorite team. It should be another great weekend.


McCormick at Lincoln County

By: Chris Gay on August 31, 2011 - 11:18am - Add new comment

By: Wayne Staats on August 28, 2011 - 4:52pm - Add new comment

Every team in Region 3-AAA has played a game, so we no longer have to give complete guesswork on how we think teams will do. At the same time, it's important to not put too much stock into just one week.


That being said, here are some thoughts:


By: Billy Byler on August 26, 2011 - 1:32am - Add new comment

Football season is back. Most Aiken County schools will start the season tonight, and each start with a clean slate.


That goes for me, too. I made a prediction on every Aiken County game last year (and Williston-Elko and Strom Thurmond, too), and correctly picked 82 of the 98 games (that's over 83 percent). In fact, I went 22 for 22 through the first three weeks of the season.


By: Wayne Staats on August 25, 2011 - 4:58pm - Add new comment

Welcome to another season of high school football. Will a local team make a deep run in the playoffs like Burke County did in 2010? Will there be a surprise this year like Butler was last year? This week is our first great chance in finding out.


Lakeside at Glenn Hills

Panthers QB Mark Weidenaar returns after missing all last year due to injury. Lakeside could surprise some folks this season. The home Spartans, 2-8 a year ago, have six home games this year. But they'll start 0-1 at home.

Lakeside, 31-14

By: Wayne Staats on August 24, 2011 - 2:21pm - Add new comment

After only a few games last week, there's a full slate of games this time, meaning all Region 3-AAA schools will be either 1-0 or 0-1 after Friday.


Just two region teams played this past week (Grovetown and Harlem) but both have byes this time around.


As we get ready for a complete return to football, here are my predictions for Region 3-AAA.



1. Thomson

2. Richmond Academy

3. Grovetown

4. Josey

5. Westside

6. Harlem


By: Wayne Staats on August 17, 2011 - 2:43pm - Add new comment

A handful of local teams are either ranked or receiving votes in the football season's first polls. The Burke County Bears, a state semifinalist in 2010, are the highest-ranked area team, placing No. 6 in Class AAA. The complete polls are below, with local teams in bold.




The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Georgia high school football polls of the 2011 season with first-place votes in parentheses,win-loss record, total points and last year's final ranking:


Class A


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