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
This week's Thursday game won't be close. Lincoln County has looked very, very impressive in its first two games and is home in this one. The Red Devils win easily.
Lincoln County, 49-14
Greenbrier at Richmond Academy
The Musketeers won on the road last year, 28-21; both are hoping to be 1-1 after this one. With Richmond Academy facing Washington County and Thomson before the end of the month, the Musketeers' first-half schedule isn't very forgiving.
Richmond Academy, 21-14
Thomson at Lakeside
I'll be at this game, which is probably the most anticipated contest this week featuring two area teams. Thomson won on late heroics last year but must play on the road. Panthers QB Mark Weidenaar could be the best at his position in the area.
Harlem at Warren County
Jabari Wilson and Devarius Davis both rushed for more than 200 yards for the Screaming Devils as Warren County began its season by defeating Glascock County, 51-7. Harlem gave up a ton of yards to Lincoln County in its opener and might do so again.
Warren County, 35-10
Laney at Josey
There should be a packed house for this one, as two rivals meet following a parade and dedication. Laney won by 50 points last season and should win again for its ninth victory in the past 10 games in this series.
Westside at Cross Creek
Cross Creek put up more than 500 yards to beat Josey and should win again to be 2-0. Westside has struggled stopping people recently. That doesn't figure to change this week.
Cross Creek, 35-28
Twiggs County at Butler
Butler won 22-0 last year on its way to a 5-0 start. At home, the Bulldogs should be victorious again. It should be closer this season but Butler is one step closer to matching 2010's start.
Statesboro at Washington County
The Golden Hawks beat Jefferson County on the road but face another big task this Friday. Statesboro is one of the best teams in Class AAAA, having advanced to the state semifinals a year ago. Now at home, Washington County has a great chance to make up for the 19-14 loss in 2010.
Washington County, 24-21
Telfair County at Aquinas
The Irish are coming off a 10-8 road defeat to Landmark Christian but will easily turn things around this week. Aquinas scored 67 points against the Trojans the previous season so Brendan Douglas should have a healthy yard total.
Evans at Grovetown
This should be one of the most competitive games on the week's schedule. Grovetown had off last week but beat Greenbrier on Aug. 18. Meanwhile, a young Evans squad ran wild against Richmond Academy. I think the Knights pull out the win.