Thursday, September 8, 2011

Metro Spirit 9-8

Prep Rehash

If you happened to get to the Lakeside-Thomson game during halftime you didn’t miss much in the first half. As a matter of fact, you were right on queue. Both offenses combined and exploded for 70 points in the second half of the marquee Week 2 matchup that Thomson won 57-39. There were also plenty of penalties to go around—Thomson had 20 of the combined 32 by themselves! Mark Weidenaar lead the rally effort in contributing with over 400 yards of total offense, but fell short after the defense gave up two late touchdowns to the Bulldogs.

Washington County (AAA) did an incredible job keeping Statesboro (AAAA) on the ropes for as long as they did. The Golden Hawks held the lead into the 4th quarter until Statesboro’s Quan Daniels ran for the go-ahead touchdown on a 3 yard run with 11:26 left in the game. WACO’s QB William Walker, who passed and rushed for over 100 yards apiece, was knocked out for a crucial down in the 4th qtr. The backup threw an interception for a touchdown, tipping the balance of the game. Statesboro snuck out with a win in this one with a 31-26 finish.

Grovetown continued its ascension into the upper echelon of Columbia County teams with a 28-14 win over Evans. It was another great game for the Warriors who capitalized on a muffed punt late in the 4th quarter to get the ball back and let Jamal Cummings (18 rushes for 138 yards, 2 TD)—who battled cramps throughout the game—slam the door shut on a 42 yard run to seal it for Grovetown. Eddie Johnson for Evans had another solid game (11-16, 174 yards) but could not get enough run support to pad the scoreboard. We also got introduced to another Grovetown running back, Terrell Hughes, a sophomore who came in for the cramping Cummings and totaled 11 carries for 114 yards and a TD, which came on a 82 yard scamper in the 4th quarter. With the win, Grovetown ran the table in both their non-region games for the first time in school history.

Not too much to say in the Lincoln County-McCormick finish from last Thursday night. Well, except that after playing a tremendous first half until the 4:00 mark in the 2nd quarter, McCormick decided to ditch the revolver and go with a gatling gun to shoot themselves in the foot with. It was tied 13-13 until Lincoln County went on a 43-6 run.

Games to Watch

Augusta Christian @ Ben Lippen- Friday 7:30

ACS heads to Columbia to see if they can continue their outstanding start of the season and move to 3-0.

North Augusta @ Lakeside- Thursday 7:05 TV: Comcast 380, Knology/Atlantic Broadband 246

A Who’s Who cast of local talent will be on display in this offensive showcase. We’ll see which team packs the better defense. Getcha popcorn ready!

Greenbrier@ Hephzibah-Friday 7:30

The start of a grueling slate of games for the Wolfpack as they take on Lincoln County and Lakeside after getting this talented Rebel bunch coming off a bye week.

College Games to Watch

South Carolina @ Georgia- Saturday 4:30pm- ESPN

How bad did Georgia look against Boise State? Bad enough that with a loss here, Mark Richt will be taking is talents anywhere but Athens. True Story.

Notre Dame @ Michigan- Saturday 8pm- ESPN

It’s that team I love to hate heading to the Big House in primetime. Can’t wait to see which team blinks first. Should be a fun one to watch.

Catawba @ Coastal Carolina- Saturday 6pm- No TV

That’s right! Keep up with local folks like former Strom Thurmond star, USC transfer Aramis Hillary, junior quarterback who was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week after going 10-13 for 130 yards in the air and rushing for 61 yards with two touchdowns. On his longest pass of the day, Hillary connected with sophomore receiver Matt Hazel, former North Augusta standout, on a crucial 39 yard completion in the Chanticleers 30-23 win over the Furman Paladins.

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