2. Strom Thurmond-1-1
3. Washington County-2-0
4. North Augusta-2-1
5. Burke County-0-1
6. Lincoln County-1-0
7. Silver Bluff-2-0
10. Augusta Christian-2-0
There’s only one small change in my poll, as the top nine remain the same. But Augusta Christian does replace Lakeside after the Panthers lost to Statesboro. However, it’s possible Lakeside could play well at Thomson this week and lose and still be considered one of the area’s 10 best even at 0-2.
Evans at Richmond Academy
This week’s Thursday game has Columbia County vs. Richmond County. The Knights have dominated the series, winning 16 of 19. Evans hopes its no-huddle offense wears out the Musketeers defense.
Butler at Laney
What a great early-season game with two Augusta schools hoping to start 1-0. While Butler coach Myron Newton makes his debut, consistent Laney hopes for another non-losing season under coach Lemuel Lackey. The Wildcats have beaten the Bulldogs six consecutive times.
2. Strom Thurmond-0-1
3. Washington County-1-0
4. North Augusta-2-0
5. Burke County-0-1
6. Lincoln County-0-0
7. Silver Bluff-1-0
You gotta love the early part of the season. It always gives us a few surprises, and this past week Burke County was the upset victim to Thomson. Just proves, again, that anything can happen in football, especially for the first game of the season (Fear the 'Dores, Gamecocks).
Welcome to another great season for GHSA football. Sure, it’s a light week, but football is back – that’s what matters. This week we’ll see which schools get off on the right foot in the quest for a state title.
Aquinas at East Laurens
Some local GHSA-member schools begin football practice tomorrow, so I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about the Power Poll.
Here’s what I came up with less than four weeks until the start of the season:
My Preseason Power Poll
1. Burke County
2. Washington County
3. North Augusta
5. Strom Thurmond
6. Lincoln County
8. South Aiken
Before each football season – be it for high school, college or pro – it’s fun to look back at what happened in past seasons. For the Augusta area, this year is an anniversary for some state championship teams (Thanks, Lincoln County).
One year ago…
2011: Burke County
In case anyone needs reminding, the success started with an impressive season-opener against Baldwin, included ridiculous winning margins in region play and didn’t end until a two-touchdown win in the state final. This team was strong, fast and dominant. Very dominant.
Imagine you’re in an alternate world, one where Nickelback doesn’t exist and that guy does in fact call Carly Rae Jepsen. In this world, a new high school pops up in the Augusta area, and you’re free to take any local head football coach to be the leader of the new program. Whom do you choose?
Just last week, we went through the top area contenders for region titles. Now focus goes intoSouth Carolina, where a few teams have made a habit of advancing deep into the postseason in recent years.
First, a heads up: Not all of these teams are favorites to win the region. Rather, they represent the area’s best hope in each.
Class A Region IV: Williston-Elko
A state title is the biggest prize, but region championships are great gets as well. Here’s a region-by-region look at title hopefuls. Not all of these teams are the favorites in their regions, but they are perhaps the area's best hope in each region.
Region 7-A: Lincoln County
Starting with the 2003 season, Lincoln County is 49-2 against region foes. Basically, this is just another way of saying Larry Campbell wins … a lot. A state-record 459 times, in fact.