Key region prep football contest on tap
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

North Augusta's home game against region foe Irmo this week could be the most appealing of any area regular-season contest.

Both teams have dynamite offenses led by future Division-I players. Irmo and North Augusta are a combined 11-1 and have scored fewer than 27 points just once.

North Augusta lost 21-0 last year. Expect more points this year from the Yellow Jackets in a game that will feature the region's top running back (Irmo's Mustafa Greene ), wide receiver (North Augusta's Matt Hazel ) and quarterback (either North Augusta's Loranzo Hammonds or Irmo's David Olson ).

HOME TURF: With a huge Region 3-AAAA victory over Lakeside last week, Hephzibah improved to 7-2 at its new stadium. Its two defeats came last year to Lincoln County and in the playoffs against Jonesboro.

FIRST MILESTONE: Glascock County junior Montavious Myricks became the first area rusher to cross the 1,000-yard mark this season. The Panthers won their first game of the year last week, 48-7 at North Cobb Christian. Myricks has 1,016 yards on 130 carries.

LOOKING AHEAD: Jefferson County, coming off its win over Swainsboro, could be 8-0 in Region 3-AA heading into its off date Oct. 23. Its next two opponents are a combined 2-9. That should set up an interesting final two weeks: at home against Screven County and at Dublin. Those games were decided by a combined five points last season.

In that region, Screven County (3-3) and Laney (2-3) are still alive for playoff berths behind Jefferson County (6-0), Dublin (5-0) and Swainsboro (4-1).

BIG GAMES THIS WEEK

7:30 P.M. FRIDAY

REGION 3-AAAA

Hephzibah (4-1, 4-0) at Glenn Hills (2-3, 2-2): A two-week stretch will decide if Spartans can make a return trip to the playoffs; they play at Richmond Academy next week. Hephzibah, which has allowed 13 points in four region games, won 27-24 last season.

Lakeside (4-1, 3-1) at Richmond Academy (4-1, 4-0): This won't be a meeting of region unbeaten teams, thanks to the Panthers' loss last week. Richmond Academy is seeking its second consecutive 5-0 region start.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Irmo (5-1, 2-0) at North Augusta (6-0, 2-0): Fort Dorchester, a Class AAAA school in North Charleston, squeaked by Irmo in the second week of the season for the only blemish among these two teams.

Batesburg-Leesville (4-2, 1-0) at Strom Thurmond (4-2, 1-0): Both are ranked among the 10 best Class AA teams in the state. Strom Thurmond has won three in a row since losing to North Augusta.

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

From the Tuesday, October 06, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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