Game of the Week: Forestview (9-4) @ Hibriten (12-1): The Jaguars continue to be road warriors as they have won two straight road playoff games including last week’s 35-34 win over top-seeded Freedom. The Jaguars are 7-1 on the road this year. Hibriten, on the other hand, has not been beaten at home this year. They are 7-0 at home. Their only loss was at Freedom by a score of 42-35. The Jaguars are on their longest playoff run in school history and are hopeful to keep it going. Hibriten has not been this far since 2010 when they lost in the fourth round to then state champ, West Rowan. Both teams have put up solid numbers offensively. This should be a catfight between the Panthers and the Jaguars.
My pick: Forestview 38 – Hibriten 34
South Point (13-0) @ Concord (13-0): This is the fourth time since 2000 that these two teams have met with South Point winning all three of the matchups. Will the fourth time be the charm for the Spiders? It doesn’t look like it as South Point dominated a really good Burns team last week 51-14 and Concord barely squeezed by Piedmont 21-14. The Red Raiders lost in the third round last year to Statesville 27-21. Don’t look for that to happen in this matchup.
My pick: South Point 42 – Concord 21
Parkwood (7-6) @ Hunter Huss (6-7): After going 4-7 in regulation and 0-5 at home before the playoffs, the Huskies won two straight home playoff games and are hosting another one. They host #16 Parkwood. The Rebels knocked off #1 Franklin and #8 Forest Hills. Could #5 Hunter Huss be next? The Huskies, after starting the season 1-6, won five of their last seven games. The last time Huss went this far into the playoffs was in 2005 when they traveled to play Asheville. The Huskies lost that game 35-7. Both teams appear to be on a Cinderella run. Well, at least one chariot will turn into a pumpkin before midnight tonight.
My pick: Hunter Huss 27 – Parkwood 21
A.C. Reynolds (9-4) @ Crest (12-1): The Chargers once again advance to the third round of the playoffs after getting past a tough Ashbrook squad 23-13. The Rockets survived a three-overtime battle with Statesville, escaping 52-49. These two teams are very familiar with each other. They have played the last four seasons with Reynolds winning the first two and Crest winning the final two. Look for another shootout in Boiling Springs tonight.
My pick: Crest 34 – A.C. Reynolds 27
Shelby (9-4) @ North Rowan (13-0): The Golden Lions have a tall task ahead of them as they travel to face unbeaten North Rowan. Not many of the Cavaliers games have been close. In fact, the last time they even had a game within 15 points was in September when they beat Davie County 28-13. Their closest game of the year was a 39-33 win over Statesville just a week earlier. However, the Cavaliers have not faced many teams as good as Shelby this year. The last time these two teams have met was in 2000 in Shelby. The Cavaliers left Shelby with a 34-24 win. The Golden Lions hope for a different result. This could be another tight game.
My pick: North Rowan 31 – Shelby 27
Lincolnton (9-4) @ Reidsville (11-2): Lincolnton shocked many last week as they topped top-seeded Carver 28-27. Now the Wolves are looking to extend their playoff season as they travel to take on Reidsville. These two teams last met in the 2001 playoffs with Lincolnton winning 31-7. The Rams also hope to see a different result. They slipped by Polk County last week 27-19. Their only losses this season were to top 3AA team, North Guilford and to Northwest Guilford. Both teams are still in the playoffs.
My pick: Reidsville 27 – Lincolnton 24
East Lincoln (9-4) @ Monroe (11-2): These are two more teams with some playoff history with each other. They met in 2007 with East Lincoln winning 54-20 in Monroe. Both offenses have been on fire and both defenses have been very stingy. East Lincoln’s only on-the-field loss came at the hands of Forestview 44-27. Monroe’s two losses were to NCISAA champion, Charlotte Christian, 42-12 and to Weddington 36-22. This should be one to watch for local fans.
My pick: East Lincoln 36 – Monroe 34