Thursday, August 25, 2011

Metro Spirit 8-25

While there was not an entire slate of games last week for Week 0, what games there were dazzled with plenty of offense, seemingly nonexistent defense and even one where little brother took some early shots to the gut, but eventually delivered some Sweet Chin Music to big brother while getting their first win in the William Few Feud.

Let’s get into it.

Fox Creek quarterback/safety Marty Williams picked up right where he left off from his stellar junior campaign with 409 yards of total offense. Williams scored every point for the Predators with touchdown runs of 4, 75 and 12 yards respectively. Expect another blowtorch year from Williams, who is a much-ballyhooed Division-1 prospect, as he looks to lead the Predators to consecutive state-playoff appearances this year.

Another team that’s able to rely on a talented dual-threat quarterback is Strom Thurmond with Raleigh Yeldell. Yeldell, who led the Rebels to the 3rd round of the state-playoffs last year, used multiple weapons to assist in the 45-8 win over Williston-Elko last Friday night. Darius Hammond led the team in fantasy points with his three touchdown runs on 11 carries for 130 yards. Malcolm Watkins also contributed 84 yards on ten carries for a couple of scores in the win over the lower classification Blue Devils.

Isn’t it funny how the same statement can have two totally different meanings? Now I’m not talking double entendres here, who do I look like, Jay-Z? Sadly, I’m not. Although questions about depth arise while looking at both sidelines, their vast gap in translation was never more evident than in the 69-6 pounding Lincoln County handed Harlem Friday night in Lincolnton. Depth issues for the Red Devils means playing some linemen both ways, for the Bulldogs, it’s a matter of watching talent evaporate before their eyes. If losing starting quarterback Trey Price to an ACL tear during the 1st practice was not enough, how about losing both offensive and defensive lines to graduation last year? And what’s the cherry on top? The constant reminder of departing bus fumes as Greenbrier and Grovetown draw richly from their talent pool.

Speaking of Greenbrier and Grovetown, it was the game of the week, and also one of Metro’s games to watch. The Warriors went down 14-0 early in the 1st half, but gathered themselves behind Jamal Cummings 164 yard 3 TD rushing performance. Most importantly, it delivered the prized Iron Hammer to Grovetown High School for the 1st time.

Metro’s Games To Watch

Strom Thurmond at Laney- Thursday 7:00 TV: Comcast 380, Knology/Atlantic Broadband 246

See above. And although Laney is without WR Rod Hall, QB Leo Myers and RB George Myers still pack quite the punch.

Washington County at Jefferson County- Friday 7:30

A talented Golden Eagles squad head to Louisville where they tied last year’s game 21-21 against the lower classification Warriors.

Richmond Academy at Evans- Friday 7:30

The Knights won a close one last year 9-5, which is a tough football game to watch, but one heck of a baseball game!

The Metro 6

1. Burke County
2. Washington County
3. North Augusta
4. Thomson
5. Strom Thurmond
6. Lakeside

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