Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Week 5 Picks

Kings Mountain 28 - Burns 21

Lincolnton 45 - West Lincoln 14

Parkland 21 - Ashbrook 14

East Gaston 28 - Cherryville 24

Crest 17 - T.C. Roberson 14

Shelby 41 - Chase 7

Bessemer City 47 - North Lincoln 13

Mountain Island Charter 34 - Pine Lake Prep 20

Thomas Jefferson 34 - Central Academy 27
Game of the Week, Burns @ Kings Mountain: Both teams opened conference play last week with big wins. Kings Mountain throttled East Rutherford 62-16. Burns handled Chase 31-14. These two teams are not expected to knock off Shelby for the conference title. But a win will put them closer to being the top 3A team of the conference although defending conference champion, Crest, will have something to say about that later. Kings Mountain is a tough place to play but Burns has been good so far this year.

In The Sweet Bye And Bye: Believe it or not, this will be a relatively quiet week for area high school football as many teams are on a bye including South Point, Forestview, Hunter Huss, North Gaston, East Lincoln and Highland Tech. The bye week probably could not come at a better time for these teams. Only one of these teams has a winning record (East Lincoln). The Mustangs are 4-0. Forestview is 2-2 after being dismantled by East Lincoln 28-3. South Point, Hunter Huss, North Gaston and Highland Tech are all 1-3. The bye week at this point could give these teams some much needed rest and time to heal before conference play.

Getting An Early Start: Two teams that opted to have their conference game moved up a week early are the Lincolnton Wolves and the West Lincoln Rebels. They will open their conference game up this Friday at Lincolnton. So these two teams will have their bye week next week. The Rebels are 3-1 after wins over Fred T. Foard (24-0), Cherryville (21-0) and North Lincoln (39-14). The Wolves will be a totally different beast for West Lincoln with lopsided wins over North Lincoln (63-7), North Gaston (61-34), East Gaston (54-14) and an overtime win against a dangerous South Point team (25-24).

Still Looking For The W: East Gaston and Cherryville are two area teams that have not gotten a win on their record as of yet this year. These two teams will square off in Cherryville. The Ironmen came up just short last week against North Gaston in a 34-33 decision. Will they be able to take down East Gaston or will the Warriors prevail?

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