Football Forecast – Week 1

by David Keever and Mike Powell

Each week, David Keever and Mike Powell will pick the scores of 10 area high school football games.  Here we go with Week 1.


DK: The Wolves have been outscored by the Storm 84-13 over the last two seasons, but something tells me that Lincolnton has a little edge here.  New head coach Joe Glass seems to be turning the program in the right direction, but is it too soon to pick an upset?

DK: Lincolnton 21, Stuart Cramer 17  MP: Stuart Cramer 28, Lincolnton 18

DRAUGHN at WEST LINCOLN: MP: The Rebels lost a ton of experience through graduation, but retiring coach Tom Sain did not leave a bare cupboard for new head mentor Darren Ponder. Senior running back Cannon Bridges may be a star in the making … MP: West Lincoln 28, Draughn 13.  DK: West Lincoln 35, Draughn 14

NORTH LINCOLN at PARKWOOD: MP: Is it possible for the Knights to improve upon 2018’s breakout season under then first-year coach Nick Bazzle? It seems possible given the return of 18 starters … MP: North Lincoln 32, Parkwood 13.  DK: North Lincoln 27, Parkwood 7 


DK: The Blue Devils always begin the season firing on all cylinders, and I expect no different on Friday.  The Tigers graduated 15 seniors off of last year’s 6-6 team, but they do return star running back Corey Siemer.  Will it be enough?

DK: Maiden 28, Foard 14  MP: Maiden 21, Fred T. Foard 8


DK: There is no doubt that the Trojans will miss the power running of Ethan Howard.  The question now for the defending South Fork 2A champions is can they repeat.

DK: Bandys 35, St Stephens 13  MP: St. Stephens 20, Bandys 12

BUNKER HILL AT NEWTON-CONOVER: MP: The Red Devils need to shore up a porous defense (31 ppg allowed) to improve upon their 4-7 finish of a year ago. Bunker Hill is on the right track under Patrick Clark, but is still rebuilding … MP: Newton-Conover 28, Bunker Hill 16.  DK: Newton-Conover 35, Bunker Hill 14

NORTH GASTON AT EAST GASTON: MP: These teams combined for two wins in 2018, so there is nowhere to go but up. East Gaston debuts a new coach in Jason Lippard … MP: North Gaston 34, East Gaston 14.  DK: North Gaston 28, East Gaston 21 


DK: A lot of chatter out there about this being one of the best Golden Lion teams ever.  That says a lot about a program that has won 5 state titles in the last 6 years.

DK: Shelby 38, Freedom 21  MP: Shelby 27, Freedom 14


DK: Things have been a little quiet about these two teams over the offseason, but you just know they’ll both be good.  Question is, how good?

DK: Crest 27, South Point 20  MP: Crest 21, South Point 17

KINGS MOUNTAIN vs. BURNS (at Gardner-Webb)

MP: Neither team has a home field advantage, but the Mountaineers are ranked ninth in the state by Max Preps following a 12-3 season. Meanwhile, Burns boasts one of the most electrifying players in the area in senior RB Kujuan Pryor … MP: Kings Mountain 38, Burns 27.  DK: Kings Mountain 42, Burns 21