By David Keever and Mike Powell
Last week, David had the edge with 9 correct picks to Mike’s 8. This week, the two have just one pick different, with that being a split on the Draughn-Bunker Hill game.
After seven weeks of high school football, David has a slim two-game lead on Mike, but Mike has an opportunity to close the gap to one.
Here we go with Week 8.
East Lincoln at North Lincoln: DK: The undefeated Mustangs face their second straight county rival after narrowly getting past Lincolnton a week ago at home. East Lincoln leads this all-time series 13-3, but the Knights could get their second straight win against the Mustangs tonight at home … DK: North Lincoln 22, East Lincoln 10; MP: North Lincoln 24, East Lincoln 17.
West Lincoln at Newton-Conover: MP: West Lincoln enters this game off a big home win over nemesis Maiden, so the Rebels have to guard against an emotional letdown. Newton-Conover is tied for first place in the South Fork 2A and has looked sharp in wins over Lincolnton and Bandys. The Red Devils’ talent at the skill positions gives them the edge in a close game … MP: Newton-Conover 28, West Lincoln 21; DK: Newton-Conover 35, West Lincoln 34.
Bandys at Lincolnton: DK: This may be the toughest pick of the night. Both teams are still looking for their first conference win, and it should come down to which team is able to move the ball offensively … DK: Bandys 20, Lincolnton 12; MP: Bandys 21, Lincolnton 9.
Lake Norman Charter at Maiden: DK: The Blue Devils suffered their second one-point loss of the season a week ago at West Lincoln, and should bounce back tonight at home against the Knights … DK: Maiden 42, Lake Norman Charter 14; MP: Maiden 42, Lake Norman Charter 6.
Mountain Island Charter at Cherryville: MP: The Raptors loom as huge favorites against a Cherryville team that has been depleted by injuries and other issues. If the MIC coaching staff gives him the ball, running back Elijah Burris should have a prolific night… MP: Mountain Island Charter 55, Cherryville 7; DK: Mtn. Island Charter 29, Cherryville 17.
Forestview at North Gaston: MP: The Jaguars (3-3, 1-1) have a number of gifted offensive threats, including Jamarion Dawkins, who rushed for 236 yards and four touchdowns last week in a 42-35 win at Ashbrook. On the other hand, the struggling Wildcats will have a difficult time keeping this one close … MP: Forestview 42, North Gaston 13; DK: Forestview 42, North Gaston 17.
East Burke at Patton: DK: This rivalry game is also tough to figure out, but the Cavaliers just seem to have a slight edge … DK: East Burke 28, Patton 24; MP: East Burke 24, Patton 14.
Draughn at Bunker Hill: MP: The surprising Wildcats have won five in a row and have put up big numbers during the streak. Bunker Hill, a winner last week over Fred T. Foard, has the home field advantage, but Draughn seems to be on a roll that will be hard to stop … MP: Draughn 35, Bunker Hill 19; DK: Bunker Hill 27, Draughn 24.
Alexander Central at Freedom: DK: The Patriots took one on the chin last week in a tough one-point loss to Hickory. It doesn’t get any easier tonight with the Cougars in town …
DK: Alexander Central 31, Freedom 28; MP: Alexander Central 38, Freedom 28.
Kings Mountain at Hunter Huss: MP: This matchup shapes up as the biggest game of the season so far in the Big South 3A and is one of the headliners in the area. The Mountaineers roll in with a 7-0 record and lofty state ranking, while Huss counters with a stout defense and the recent addition of a highly regarded running back via a transfer. Kings Mountain simply has too much on offense … MP: Kings Mountain 35, Hunter Huss 13; DK: Kings Mountain 28, Hunter Huss 10.
Last week: David 9-1, Mike 8-2
Overall: David 60-10, Mike 58-12