Musketeers to get stiffer competition
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Matt Middleton and Billy Byler review last week's big games and talk about Friday's key games. Also on The Blitz, Matt talks with Lakeside coach Jody Grooms about this week's matchup with Glenn Hills.

Richmond Academy will get one of the biggest increases in week-to-week competition when it plays host to North Augusta on Friday.

The Musketeers are coming off a 31-0 victory over winless Josey, a game in which they scored all their points in the first half. North Augusta is one of the best teams in the area, having won its first three games all by double digits.

"They are very, very strong," Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughe s said. "We know it will be a challenge."

Even though the Musketeers are 3-0, they remain concerned about their passing game. Quarterback Mar-Quon Medlock , Richmond County's leading returning passer from last season, is 8 of 19 for 107 yards with four interceptions and no touchdowns. Medlock, however, has combined with running back Jerrel Anderson to rush for 572 yards on only 54 carries. That's more than 10 yards per rushing attempt.

Richmond Academy has given up one touchdown in its first three games -- in the fourth quarter of its season opener against Westside.

PATRIOTS FINISH STRONG: Westside struggled last season to finish games, one of the primary reasons it went 3-7, its worst record since 1992.

The Patriots showed improvement in that area Friday night against Aquinas. They rallied from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter to win 14-9.

"We really played well there at the end," coach Gerald Barnes said after the game.

Westside faces Hephzibah this week. Last season, it led 14-0 at halftime of a 41-28 loss, a game it led by 14 late in the third quarter.

Running back Chris Hunter (shoulder) will not play this week. He said at the Aquinas game last week he should return in two weeks against Josey. He had 157 yards against Hephzibah last season.

THIS AND THAT: Linebacker Terrell Fitts has 26 tackles in two games for Glenn Hills. ... Butler is 5-4 all-time against Cross Creek heading into Friday's meeting. The Bulldogs have scored 20 points in the past four games of the series, including a 40-20 defeat last year. ... Grovetown's opponent this week, Fairfield Central (S.C.), will be the best of the five teams it plays at home this season.

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com.

From the Thursday, September 17, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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