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Lock it in!: Picks and predictions for high school football this weekend

Lock in those picks everyone. We’ve got a solid slate of games this week, the best of which may come tonight in Montgomery between Central and Carver-Montgomery.

Here’s a list of my picks for every game along with a couple other notes and predictions.

Thursday night:

Spencer over Randolph-Clay

Northside over Jordan

Carver-Montgomery over Central

Friday night:

Hardaway over Columbus

Carver over Shaw

Kendrick over Marion County

Harris County over LaGrange

Brookstone over Mt. Paran

Calvary Christian over Young American Christian

Chattahoochee County over Terrell County

Manchester over Greenville

Smiths Station over Lanier

Russell County over Carroll

Glenwood over Evangel

Some final thoughts

--Russell County’s loss to Carroll was in the first region game last year, but it was the difference in it failing to make the playoffs. The Warriors have a chance to do the opposite this year. After their good showing against Central last week, they look the part. Now if they can just avoid the letdown game after a great performance last week.

--Here’s betting that Spencer’s offense, which has been in neutral the past two weeks in a scrimmage and opening-week loss, comes to life in the team’s first win over 2013. I’m expecting big days on the ground from Damarkus Robins and through the air from Tarvaraska Davis.

--Central and Carver-Montgomery looks like the biggest game on the schedule this week, and it could be the best, too. I picked Carver for the win, but that’s really a tossup because it is on the road. The fact is, these teams are very well-matched. I’m guessing it comes down to the end, and Carver’s defense is able to make a stop.

Last week: 2.5 out 4

I made four predictions about games and performances last week, hitting on three and coming up short on one.

We’ll start with the two and a half I hit:

Hardaway’s Justin Crawford chases 200 yards. I wasn’t covering the game, so I don’t have the exact stat line for Crawford, but I know he rolled for three touchdown runs totaling 103 yards. How do you like that yard-per-carry average?

Kendrick opens the season with a victory. It did indeed. Rebounding from a game it lost a year ago, the Cherokees topped Americus-Sumter in double-overtime to get their first playoff defense started on the right foot.

The Central running game will be challenged by Russell County, but we will see highlight-reel runs from Traveon Samuel and Ryan Humphrey. Yes, Central was tested in a big way by the Warriors, but it wasn’t Samuel or Humphrey that lit up the scoreboard. It was Kenneth Thomas, he rushed for well over 100 yards and four touchdowns. Half credit.

I did come up empty on the prediction that Harris County would get off on the right foot against Houston County. It was the latter, instead, that picked up the win.

Now, it’s your turn. Join in and give me some of your picks. Post them in the comments and follow me on Twitter @leprepsports.