After a small however refreshing appetizer of school soccer video games this previous weekend, the primary course is almost to the desk. As such, there’s no higher time for some picks.
That is the primary version of Grill Hill, my weekly publish that includes my recreation picks at the highschool, collegiate and professional ranges. Every week, I’ll decide 5 video games straight up from every class and do my greatest to justify a few of the choices.
Because the NFL isn’t kicking off but, this week’s slate is just 10 video games. Properly, 10 plus an upset particular as a bonus.
Spencer vs Northside, 7 p.m. Thursday
Northside had the week off after a commanding forty-eight win over Kendrick, whereas Spencer is recent off snapping a close to-two decade dropping streak to rival Carver. In a showdown that ought to be entertaining, the important thing will probably be Spencer’s offense versus Northside’s stout protection. Spencer’s Cory Calhoun put up 4 touchdowns on the Tigers, however can he be almost as productive towards a Patriots’ protection headlined by senior linebacker Caleb Johnson? My guess isn’t fairly.
Northside 27, Spencer 17
Upson-Lee at Columbus, 5 p.m. Friday – Upson-Lee 23, Columbus 21
Hardaway at Lee County, 7:30 p.m. Friday
As spectacular because the Hawks’ 1-1 begin has been, there’s loads of room for progress. As head coach Michael Woolridge stated earlier than the season, the Hawks have to get a win on the street towards a top quality group to actually take the subsequent step. Lee County, which gained eight video games in 2016 and already has two victories, definitely matches that invoice. Led by AJC Tremendous eleven participant Otis Reese at security, the Class 6A Trojans could also be an excessive amount of for Hardaway to deal with.
Lee County 38, Hardaway 24
Fairfield at Central, eight p.m. Friday – Central forty nine, Fairfield thirteen
Valley at Russell County, eight p.m. Friday
The Warriors got here near a season-opening win final week in a 21-14 loss to Tallassee. With quarterback Gary Johnson main the cost, I say the Warriors seize their first win since October 7, 2016, towards a Valley squad that beat them by one level one yr in the past.
Russell County 21, Valley thirteen
Michigan vs Florida, three:30 p.m. Saturday
Jim McElwain’s Gators have been already in for a troublesome matchup earlier than seven gamers —together with star vast receiver Antonio Callaway —have been suspended for the sport. Whereas Callaway is certain to get yet one more final probability with Florida, it’s exhausting to think about the Gators’ offense having an opportunity in his absence. Regardless of returning solely 5 starters on each side of the ball, Jim Harbaugh’s reload for 2017 proves fruitful early.
Michigan 35, Florida 24
Appalachian State at Georgia, 6:15 p.m. Saturday – Georgia 34, Appalachian State 21
Georgia Southern at Auburn, 7:30 p.m. Saturday – Auburn fifty one, Georgia Southern 20
Florida State vs Alabama, eight p.m. Saturday
After Alabama’s 2016 season ended towards a excessive-powered ACC Atlantic staff, the Crimson Tide’s 2017 begins towards a excessive-powered ACC Atlantic workforce. In a recreation that very properly may warrant a rematch come playoff time, Alabama should cease Seminoles twin-menace quarterback Deondre Francois, who will attempt to do his greatest Deshaun Watson impression. However I’ve seen Deshaun Watson play, and Seminole, you’re no Deshaun Watson.
Alabama 31, Florida State 14
Tennessee vs Georgia Tech, eight p.m. Monday – Georgia Tech 20, Tennessee 17
Upset Recreation: Wyoming upends Iowa 24-23
I really feel fairly good about this group of matchups. I’ve been choosing soccer video games since I used to be thirteen years previous, and in all that point, I assumed I used to be incorrect simply as soon as.
Because it turned out, I used to be mistaken.