While there were plenty of things they could improve on and the competition will undoubtedly get tougher, Augusta Christian has plenty to build on from their 50-6 trouncing of Spartanburg Christian on Friday night.

Junior RB Zack Blackwell put on a show, piling up over 230 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries (almost all in the first half). DB J.C. Hansen picked up where he left off last year by hauling in three first half interceptions, and finally the Lions dominated up front on both sides of the ball. Congrats to the Lions and first-year head coach Andy Sickel on the solid win.

Here are the Picks and Previews for this Friday:

Cardinal Newman (0-0) @ Augusta Christian (1-0)

Last Meeting: ACS won last year 19-14

The Lions will have to focus on stopping standout running back Jalen Crumpton. Last season, Crumpton had 942 yards and eight touchdowns. The quarterback duties fall on the shoulders of Andrew Stephens, who struggled in spot duty last year, completing just 31% of his passes with four interceptions and zero touchdowns.

Augusta Christian 33 Cardinal Newman 23

Notre Dame Academy @ Augusta Prep

First meeting between the two schools

ND Academy, out of Duluth, finished 1-8 a year ago. Augusta Prep also had a rough go in 2019, finishing winless. Prep is attempting to rebuild their program and increase their numbers, which is no easy task. The Cavaliers do have some young talent led by Junior running back Adam Bussey.

Augusta Prep 20 Notre Dame Academy 14

Evans @ Cross Creek

Last Meeting: Evans won 28-14 back in 2015

The Knights are coming off a 7-3 season and they featured many underclassmen. The team is led by JoFranstar Graham. Graham is a special talent whether running the ball on offense or playing in the defensive secondary. Cross Creek second-year coach Monte Dilworth (2-8 last year) is hoping to change the culture at Cross Creek, where they have had just three winning seasons in their 21-year history.

Evans 37 Cross Creek 20

Aquinas @ Harlem

Last Meeting: Aquinas won a nail-biter last year 16-13

These two teams have both enjoyed success in recent years. Harlem has piled up three consecutive seven-win seasons, and Aquinas continues to churn out college players. Like it has been the past few years, this should be a close game, but I think Harlem will have a little too much with the running of QB Jeremiah Ellis and tailback Cameron Garnett.

Harlem 27 Aquinas 23

Lakeside @ Richmond Academy

Last Meeting: Lakeside won 24-3 in 2015

Lakeside must replace QB Jaden Taylor and defensive leader John Arneman off their 7-3 team from a year ago, but they have several players waiting to step up in lead role. Richmond Academy was also hit hard by graduation, but you can beat they will play hard and physical under coach Lyle Burns.

Lakeside 23 Richmond Academy 13

Grovetown @ Effingham County

First meeting between the two schools

Damien Postell enters his sixth season at the helm of the Grovetown program and is 22-22 overall. They lose All-State defensive end Simeon Barrow (Michigan State), but Randy Wilson is ready to step into a lead role in terms of chasing down opposing QBs. Effingham County was 2-8 last season after winning seasons in five of the past six campaigns under head coach Buddy Holder. He is the son of legendary Evans coach Terry Holder. He starred for the Knights in football and baseball before playing baseball at Georgia Southern.

Effingham County 17 Grovetown 13

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