Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Area Conferences In Tight Races

Big South Conference Up For Grabs

When many people talk Big South 3A/2A football, you typically talk about the South Point Red Raiders and how they have dominated the conference. The Red Raiders have only lost two conference games since 2007. Both of those were to Forestview (2009, 2014). They have won 8 of the last 9. But with South Point’s 21-16 loss to Hunter Huss, the conference is up for grabs.
Forestview and Stuart Cramer are also in the picture. Cramer opened up conference play with a 21-14 win over Ashbrook, but stumbled against Forestview 13-6 in a defensive battle. The Jaguars and the Huskies are 2-0 in conference play. South Point, Cramer, Ashbrook and East Gaston are 1-1. Ashbrook finally broke through last Friday with a 53-25 win at North Gaston. But can they keep that momentum up against a dangerous South Point squad? With East Gaston giving up over 40 points a game, it is unlikely they will contend for the title unless they can make some big adjustments on defense.

Southern District 2A Is Also In The Air

With Lincolnton’s 42-35 over defending conference champ, East Lincoln, the Wolves are likely in the driver’s seat for the conference title. However, Maiden and West Caldwell are also undefeated in league play and could challenge for the title later on. The Warriors travel to take on the Blue Devils this week in a key matchup.
The Mustangs are not out of the running yet. If one of these teams knocks off the Wolves and East Lincoln does not lose again the rest of the way, there could be a logjam at the top. With two losses in the conference already, Newton-Conover is likely out of the running but they are dangerous enough to play spoiler down the stretch.
As with the Big South, the Southern District conference is one to keep an eye on.

Shelby Still Favored In South Mountain, But Burns and Crest Keep Pace

One thing that has remained constant this year is the dominance of the Shelby Golden Lions.  Shelby (7-0)(4-0) scores just over an average of 42 points a game while surrendering less than 9 points. Burns is also 7-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Could the Bulldogs give Shelby a run for their money later on in the year?
Crest (5-1)(3-0) socred the most they have scored all year in a 35-0 win over Chase. The Chargers have not been as dominant as in years past, but they usually play their best toward the end of the season. Will that be enough to topple this year's Shelby squad?

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