Game of the Week: East Lincoln (4-2)(2-0) @ Lincolnton (5-1)(2-0): No doubt, this should decide the Southern Piedmont 2A/1A Conference Title. The Mustangs did have a two-game slide earlier this year, but it appears that it’s now a distant memory. Lincolnton has been running on all cylinders lately. In fact, none of their games since their South Point loss have been close at all. They have averaged 49 points a game, but have allowed only 10. These past two weeks, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents 103-20. Look for this to be a shootout, but look for the Wolves to pull away in the end.
My pick: Lincolnton 35 – East Lincoln 23
Ashbrook (3-2)(1-1) @ South Point (6-0)(2-0): Ashbrook got back to their winning ways last week as they trounced North Gaston 42-7. But, the South Point Red Raiders will be a much different breed. South Point has been in only two tight matches this year. Both of those team, though, are ranked high in the state poll in their respective classifications. Ashbrook will have their hands full trying to stop Leeper and company. The Green Wave will also find it a challenge to move the ball on South Point’s defense. South Point held a potent Hunter Huss offense to just three points and less than 100 yards of total offense.
My pick: South Point 45 – Ashbrook 13
Forestview (1-4)(0-1) @ North Gaston (0-6)(0-2): There is only one win between these two programs this year. North Gaston is hungry for their first win since 2009 and their first conference victory since 2007 when they advanced all the way to the 3A State Title Game. A win on Homecoming would boost the morale of the young Wildcats squad. With one win under their belts this year, Forestview hopes to build momentum and possibly make a late run for the post-season. A loss would put a big damper on those plans.
My pick: Forestview 34 – North Gaston 27
Hunter Huss (5-1)(1-1) @ Kings Mountain (2-4)(0-1): Hunter Huss watched their perfect season come to a crashing halt last week. That loss was a 42-3 slamming by South Point. Now, it’s time to rebound as they travel to Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain is currently on a two-game losing skid. The schedule does not really get any easier for either of these teams. Kings Mountain will have to face Ashbrook, North Gaston, Crest and Forestview while Huss will have Freedom, Crest, Forestview and Ashbrook. With only two wins for the season, Kings Mountain finds themselves in danger of falling out of playoff contention with a loss.
My pick: Hunter Huss 21 – Kings Mountain 17
Crest (4-2)(2-0) @ A.C. Reynolds (3-2)(0-2): Crest takes a break from conference play and rolls up to Asheville to face A.C. Reynolds. The Rockets started the season 3-0, but have dropped two straight. The Chargers started the season 1-2, but have won three straight. The Rockets have taken the last two from Crest. The Chargers hope to put an end to that. It’s usually a competitive game between the two and this year should be no exception.
My pick: A.C. Reynolds 27 – Crest 24
Highland Tech (0-6)(0-2) @ North Lincoln (0-6)(0-2): one of these 0’fers will get their first win of the season. The question is which one? North Lincoln has only reached double-digits once and has been shut out once. The Rams have been shutout twice, but have scored double-digits twice. Something is going to have to give in this one.
My pick: North Lincoln 20 – Highland Tech 13
Cherryville (2-4)(1-1) @ West Lincoln (3-3)(2-0): West Lincoln hopes to remain perfect in SP2A/1A conference play. Cherryville hopes to get another win. After dropping a tough one to previously winless Bessemer City, the Ironmen are hoping to save face against another rival. West Lincoln has been a Jekyll and Hyde team. Before winning at Lake Norman Charter last week, the Rebels dropped two straight home games. Look for them to move to 3-0 in conference play.
My pick: West Lincoln 27 – Cherryville 14
Lake Norman Charter (3-2)(0-2) @ Bessemer City (1-4)(1-1): Lake Norman Charter is looking for their first conference win in the SP2A/1A. Outside the conference however, they are 3-0. Bessemer City got their first win of the season last week as they took down Cherryville 20-14. Can the Yellow Jackets make it two in a row or will Lake Norman Charter have a little too much for Bessemer City?
My pick: Lake Norman Charter 17 – Bessemer City 14
Patton (0-6)(0-2) @ Shelby (2-4)(0-1): The Golden Lions salvaged their season in time when they took down Kings Mountain 24-21 in overtime. Shelby is now looking to win two straight when they host winless Patton. Last year, Patton was Shelby’s breakout game and the game when Shelby snapped a four-game losing streak. Shelby won that game 51-21. Look for similar results in this game.
My pick: Shelby 41 – Patton 6
Burns (5-1)(1-0) @ Chase (6-0)(2-0): On paper, this should be a really exciting match-up. However, Burns may have a little too much for the Trojans. Chase has not faced anybody of the same caliber as Burns. Look for the Bulldogs to take down their second undefeated team in a row.
My pick: Burns 34 – Chase 14
East Gaston (2-4)(0-2) @ Harding University (2-4)(0-1): The Warriors are hoping to snap their two-game losing streak and get their first win in the MEGA-7 this year. The Rams are also looking to end their two-game losing streak as well. The loser of this game could find themselves fighting to even have an outside chance at contending for a post-season berth.
My pick: East Gaston 27 – Harding 20