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Washington County keeps the routs coming

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Three games in, Washing­ton County hasn’t been threatened yet.

The Golden Hawks are 3-0 and have won each by at least 36 points. Against Baldwin on Friday, Class AAA Washington County, ranked No. 5 in the state, beat the Class AAAA Braves 56-7.

Through three games, the Golden Hawks are averaging 54.7 points per game and are allowing only nine points per game.

Washington County plays 2-1 Laney next.

WORK TO DO: Even after a decisive 36-20 victory over South Aiken, Silver Bluff coach Al Lown already knew what his team needed to work on this week.

“Extra points, extra points, extra points,” Lown said.

The Bulldogs scored six touchdowns, but kicked no extra points or made any 2-point conversions.

Two of the kick attempts were blocked, and place-kicker Nicholas Casares missed one. Holder Jaylen Lawrence dropped the snap on another, and the other two attempts (both passes) failed.

“That was not very good tonight,” Lown said. “But that’s a good thing to have to work on, I reckon.”

JUST LIKE OLD TIMES: After its win over Hephzibah, Westside sits in the same spot as last season.

In 2012, the Patriots raced out to a 3-0 start before dropping a 43-7 contest at home to Lakeside.

The Panthers (1-1) are three classifications higher than the Patriots and had the advantage of a bye week to prepare for their nonconference opponent. Westside coach Steve Hibbitts said winning will not be easy.

“It’s going to be a battle. We know what we’re going up against,” he said. “They’re going to be solid in every aspect of the game. They’re going to be well-coached. They’re going to be everything a Class AAAAA school is going to be.”

Lakeside owns a 9-6 record in the series rivalry, winning the past six meetings. The Panthers have outscored the Patriots 123-20 combined over the past three meetings. In last year’s game, Lakeside rolled up more than 400 yards of offense and took advantage of three Westside fumbles.

TAKING IT PERSONALLY: Although North Augusta notched its highest point total through four games in a 56-13 win over Grovetown at home Friday night, coach Dan Pippin acknowledged the Warriors gave his team one of its tougher tests so far this season.

A 44-yard run by Linward Jackson set up Grovetown’s first-quarter touchdown that tied the game at 7. It was the first touchdown North Augusta’s starting defense has allowed this year.

Pippin said his defense took it personally, and the Yellow Jackets kept the Warriors from sniffing the goal line again until the backups entered late. The North Augusta coach said his team came prepared for the game.

“We had a good week of practice,” Pippin said. “They knew it would be a test in this game, and it showed in practice. They came out prepared.”

Staff writers John Boyette, Chris Gay and David Lee contributed to this story.

WEEKLY LEADERS

RUSHING: Augusta Prep’s Nolan Brandon had 204 yards in a 45-20 win over Thomas Jefferson.

PASSING: Daniel Carr, of Midland Valley, threw for 217 yards in a 42-35 win over Aiken.

RECEIVING: Midland Valley’s Kameron Brown had 123 yards during the 42-35 win over Aiken.


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