Gaston County Border Battles Cut In Half
One long-time border match-up and a fairly new border match-up will not be taking place this year. Gaston County powers, Ashbrook and South Point, will no longer be facing Clover this year. The Blue Eagles dropped the Green Wave and the Red Raiders from the schedule this year but retain Forestview, whom they’ve played since 2004. The Jaguars won the first game of the series 27-20, but have lost the last seven.
The Jaguars will also continue their border battle against an improving Nation Ford team. The Jaguars will travel to Fort Mill to take on the Falcons on August 17th. This will be their sixth annual match-up. The Falcons lead the series 3-2. The Jaguars won two of the first three while the Falcons took the final two including last year’s 34-27 win at Forestview.
Ashbrook and Clover have been playing since 1997. Ashbrook won last year’s match-up 10-7 in three overtimes. However, the Eagles retained an 8-7 series lead over the Green Wave. South Point started playing Clover in 2008. The Raiders lost the first three series (46-42, 21-14, and 22-7), but came away with a dominating 63-0 victory last year.
Clover adds Spring Valley, South Florence and Boiling Springs to their schedule. South Point replaces Clover with Providence Day while Ashbrook adds Charlotte Catholic.
Other border battles in the past include Hunter Huss vs. Gaffney 1994-1999 (Gaffney won all six), Hunter Huss vs. York 2000-2003 (York won all four), South Point vs. Northwestern (the Trojans handed South Point their only loss in 2003 before the Red Raiders rolled to 15 straight wins to win the 3A state title), Forestview vs. Fort Mill 2006 (Fort Mill won 28-10), Forestview vs. Byrnes 2010 (the Rebels hammered Forestview 53-6).