By David Keever and Mike Powell
Last week, Mike and I both posted 10-0 records. That’s a first for this season.
Tonight’s schedule of games looks pretty challenging, so another perfect record will be tough.
Here we go with Week 7.
Lincolnton at East Lincoln: DK: The Mustangs defense has been terrific and their offense has been a pleasant surprise. East Lincoln was already a favorite in this county matchup, but with 3 Wolves’ defensive starters sidelined with injuries, the gap may have gotten wider … DK: East Lincoln 35, Lincolnton 7; MP: East Lincoln 27, Lincolnton 12.
Maiden at West Lincoln: MP: This matchup looks about even on paper, but Maiden probably executes better in the passing game. On the other hand, the Rebels have the home field advantage (not that it worked out last week against North Lincoln). As usual, mistakes will tell the tale … MP: Maiden 27, West Lincoln 22; DK: Maiden 28, West Lincoln 21.
North Lincoln at Lake Norman Charter: DK: Nothing better to get you going than an early wakeup call. The Knights have responded big time since that season-opening overtime loss at Parkwood. DK: North Lincoln 42, Lake Norman Charter 10; MP: North Lincolnton 48, Lake Norman Charter 19.
Newton-Conover at Bandys: DK: There is always that one game each week that I leave till last because I can’t decide. The Trojans have home field, but the Red Devils have more playmakers … DK: Newton-Conover 35, Bandys 21; MP: Newton-Conover 24, Bandys 19.
Cherryville at Community School of Davidson: MP: Several Cherryville starters did not play in last week’s 64-0 homecoming loss to Thomas Jefferson, and the Ironmen’s ability to be competitive here may hinge on the status of those players. … MP: Community School of Davidson 48, Cherryville 6; DK: Community School of Davidson 38, Cherryville 17.
Bunker Hill at Fred T. Foard: DK: The Bears have a nice win over Bandys on their resume, and held a good Hibriten team to 28 points a week ago. The question for the Tigers is can they build momentum off of their first win last week … DK: Bunker Hill 28, Foard 24; MP: Foard 21, Bunker Hill 13.
Forestview at Ashbrook: MP: By all expectations, the Green Wave have been disappointing this season, and they enter Big South 3A Conference play 0-4. But Ashbrook has played a killer schedule (Watauga, Clover, East Lincoln), and the feeling is the team is better than the record. On the other hand, Forestview (3-3) has been a pleasant surprise with its signature win over South Point. I like the Jaguars … MP: Forestview 30, Ashbrook 21; DK: Forestview 31, Ashbrook 19.
Chase at Burns: MP: With Burns tonight and Shelby looming next week, we find out if the unbeaten Trojans are “contenders or pretenders.” Chase’s slimmest margin of victory in five games is 18 points, and the Chargers have two shutouts to their credit. However, it can be argued that Chase has not played a strong opponent yet. That changes tonight … MP: Burns 35, Chase 21; DK: Burns 35, Chase 24.
R-S Central at Shelby: DK: I’m thinking that the Golden Lions next loss may not come until 2020. Of course, I have been wrong on them before. Not tonight, however … DK: Shelby 49, R-S Central 20; MP: Shelby 55, R-S Central 28.
Stuart Cramer at Crest: MP: After struggling early on offense while breaking in a new quarterback, the Chargers seem to be hitting their stride, having scored 83 points in consecutive wins over Freedom and Forestview. They have moved to the top of that second tier of teams behind Kings Mountain in the Big South 3A … MP: Crest 42, Stuart Cramer 20; DK: Crest 42, Stuart Cramer 14.
Last week: David 10-0; Mike 10-0
Overall: David 51-9, Mike 50-10