By David Keever and Mike Powell
Last week, Mike and David each posted 9-1 records with Mike missing Mitchell at Mountain Heritage and David missing Hunter Huss at Crest. This week does not have as many marquee matchups on tap, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be an upset or two.
Here we go with Week 10!
North Lincoln at Newton-Conover: DK: The “Game of the Year” in the South Fork 2A Conference, at least so far. The Knights have been a “beast” since their season-opening loss to Parkwood way back in August, and the Red Devils have proven that they can play with good teams. Former Red Devil head coach Nick Bazzle returns to his old stomping grounds and gets a win … DK: North Lincoln 35, Newton-Conover 21; MP: North Lincoln 42, Newton-Conover 28.
West Lincoln at Bandys: MP: West Lincoln’s long-suffering frustration against Bandys is one of the heaviest burdens the Rebels still carry as a program. The other is the lack of a win in the playoffs. However, all signs point to the Rebels getting the proverbial monkey off their backs. West Lincoln is a better football team, and even the Trojans’ home field advantage should not be an obstacle to the snapping of a 18-game losing streak in the series … MP: West Lincoln 28, Bandys 14; DK: West Lincoln 35, Bandys 10.
East Lincoln at Maiden: DK: Another big game in the South Fork 2A that will definitely have playoff implications. I expect this game to be low to mid-range scoring-wise, but who knows. It’s been an unpredictable season … DK: East Lincoln 24, Maiden 21; MP: East Lincoln 34, Maiden 24.
Lake Norman Charter at Lincolnton: MP: The Wolves have been through some rough times this month. The offense has struggled in the wake of quarterback injury problems, and the once consistent defense has been getting torched of late. Realistically, this game represents Lincolnton’s best chance to get back in the win column this season … MP: Lincolnton 21, Lake Norman Charter 7; DK: Lincolnton 28, Lake Norman Charter 14.
Thomas Jefferson at Bessemer City: MP: Even though the Gryphons are 8-0, 5-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A, they remain a mystery team. TJCA has shut out four of its opponents and allowed only 28 points in eight games; however, the strength of schedule has been rightly called into question. For Bessemer City, this is in reality a conference title game since the Jackets have already defeated Mountain Island Charter and the Gryphons have yet to play the Raptors. I think the Jackets find a way with their running game, some sound defense, and smart coaching from Larry Boone and his staff … MP: Bessemer City 20, Thomas Jefferson 14; DK: Thomas Jefferson 35, Bessemer City 20.
West Iredell at Bunker Hill: DK: A lot of chatter in the area about the improvement of the Bears, and tonight will be a good test for them. I’m going with the Bears to defend their home turf … DK: Bunker Hill 31, West Iredell 28; MP: Bunker Hill 21, West Iredell 19.
Hunter Huss at Forestview: MP: It will be interesting to see how Huss reacts to falling from the unbeaten ranks in Big South 3A Conference play. One thing is certain: the Huskies will need to bring their A game against a better-than-average Forestview team that is smelling upset … MP: Hunter Huss 31, Forestview 20; DK: Hunter Huss 42, Forestview 27.
Hickory at South Caldwell: DK: This may be the toughest game of the night to pick. The Red Tornadoes have been a hard team to figure out, but they do have a quality win over Freedom. The Spartans are tough and physical, and playing at home … DK: South Caldwell 28, Hickory 27; MP: Hickory 30, South Caldwell 21.
Ashbrook at Stuart Cramer: MP: It is difficult to imagine that an Ashbrook team could go through the season winless, but the Green Wave are running out of chances. Even though injuries and attrition have created a major depth issue, Ashbrook beats Stuart Cramer in a close game … MP: Ashbrook 20, Stuart Cramer 15; DK: Stuart Cramer 24, Ashbrook 20.
South Point at R-S Central: DK: The Red Raiders seem to have gotten past the injury woes and have played much better over the last few weeks. This is a team that you may not want to see come playoff time … DK: South Point 42, R-S Central 21; MP: South Point 35, R-S Central 14.
Last week: David 9-1, Mike 9-1
Overall: David 76-14, Mike 73-17