By David Keever and Mike Powell —–
Last week was not our best, but we both still managed to finish the week with a positive record. There were a handful of toss-up games, and the Hunter Huss win over Kings Mountain shocked us all.
This week doesn’t look quite as challenging, but you never know. On to Week 9.
Lincolnton at West Lincoln: DK: The Rebels are looking for their second straight win against the Wolves, and will be favored to do so tonight in Vale. Lincolnton’s defense has played very well at times, but can they keep the Rebels’ running trio of Bridges, Pendergrass and Huitt out of the endzone enough? If West Lincoln gets a lead, the Wolves are not a team built to come from behind … DK: West Lincoln 35, Lincolnton 7; MP: West Lincoln 26, Lincolnton 7.
Maiden at North Lincoln: MP: The Knights distanced themselves slightly from the rest of the pack in the South Fork 2A with last week’s dismantling of a previously unbeaten East Lincoln team. While Maiden is in the upper tier battling for the runner-up spot, and the Blue Devils have a productive passing attack, North Lincoln is on a roll with six straight wins and is playing on its home turf … MP: North Lincoln 35, Maiden 22; DK: North Lincoln 42, Maiden 21.
Bandys at East Lincoln: DK: The Mustangs are hoping that last Friday’s lopsided loss to county-rival North Lincoln is behind them and not a sign of things to come. East Lincoln was probably a little embarrassed by last week’s outcome, and will play with a chip on their shoulder tonight … DK: East Lincoln 28, Bandys 14; MP: East Lincoln 21, Bandys 20.
Newton-Conover at Lake Norman Charter: DK: If things go right for the Red Devils and North Lincoln tonight, all South Fork 2A eyes will be on next week’s first-place matchup in Newton. I don’t think the Red Devils will have any problem improving to 4-0 in conference play tonight … DK: Newton-Conover 42, Lake Norman Charter 14; MP: Newton-Conover 42, Lake Norman Charter 0.
Cherryville at Union Academy: MP: The Ironmen have a chance to be competitive in this Southern Piedmont 1A game, but Union Academy gets the nod at home … MP: Union Academy 35, Cherryville 19; DK: Union Academy 42, Cherryville 20.
North Gaston at Stuart Cramer: MP: Both teams are having tough seasons due to injuries and inexperience, but the Storm will ease their frustrations a bit with a win … MP: Stuart Cramer 28, North Gaston 12; DK: Stuart Cramer 35, North Gaston 17.
Hunter Huss at Crest: MP: As the regular season moves into the latter stages, the Big South 3A boasts a headline game every week. Fresh from its upset of Kings Mountain, Huss faces another monumental challenge against a Charger team that is healthy and offensively in sync. Crest has come together at the right time … MP: Crest 31, Hunter Huss 27; DK: Hunter Huss 21, Crest 20.
Bunker Hill at East Burke: DK: The Bears have been playing really solid football over the past several weeks, and they just might be favored in each of their final four games. Of course a coach will tell you that it’s one game at a time. DK: Bunker Hill 28, Foard 21: MP: Bunker Hill 24, East Burke 14.
Burns at Shelby: MP: After a slow start, Burns sensation Kujuan Pryor has topped the 1,000-yard plateau and is averaging a whopping 12 yards per carry. Pryor will need another super night if the Bulldogs are to beat Shelby at George Blanton Stadium. The winner of this game takes a huge step toward the Southwestern 2A Conference title … MP: Shelby 42, Burns 31.; DK: Shelby 38, Burns 24.
Mitchell County at Mountain Heritage: DK: This one may be a little outside of our area, but what a big game tonight in the Western Highlands conference. The Mountaineers are undefeated, but there is just something about that Cougar home-field advantage in Burnsville. DK: Mountain Heritage 27, Mitchell 21; MP: Mitchell 27, Mountain Heritage 20.
Last week: DK 7-3, MP 6-4
Overall: DK 67-13, MP 64-16