SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Lincolnton on WLON1050AM.com - 3:45PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
Crouse on WLON1050AM.com - 12:45pm
Kings Mountain on WOHS1390AM.com - 2:45pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
Gastonia on WCSL1590AM.com - 1:45pm
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
Cherryville on WCSL1590AM.com - 10:15am
Cat Square on WLON1050AM.com - 1:45pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
Shelby on WOHS1390AM.com - 2:45pm
What’s Up Shopper Prep Previews
The field is slowly narrowing itself down to Championship weekend. The home teams last week as I predicted fared well in the sanctity of the home crowd cheering them onto victory. This week the competition will get tougher. At this stage is when turnovers and mental mistakes could possibly cost you the game and your opportunity to play for the Championship. Good luck to the remaining teams and lets get ready for some Friday Night Football. For those of you who are active social media buffs and have any disagreements with my picks or analysis in my predictions week to week tweet me at @AndreySBush and lets go back and forth with reasons for victory. Below, you will find my predictions for this week’s games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!
SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS @ Reidsville Rams
The Golden Lions had no problem at home last week against the Carver Yellow Jackets, defeating them 31-17 doing most of the damage in the first half leading 24-0 at the break. Coach Ware was quoted in the paper as saying that was the most outstanding game of the year for his team, and I can’t help but agree with him. So much for the slow start buzz that you hear when talking about the Shelby offense. RJ George and the offense came out and struck early taking a 7-0 lead, after George connected with Jayden Borders for a 10 yard touchdown strike with just over three minutes played in the game. After that they paired with a smothering defensive performance the Lions ran away to a 31-14 victory. This week the Golden Lions will be out of the comfort of their home when they go on the road for the first time this post season to take on the Reidsville Rams. The Rams last week had a very convincing win over Polk Country, 48-11. Being on the road is a part of the playoff process so that doesn’t differ the preparation for either team. Both will be ready to come out and compete for the win.
KEY TO VICTORY: Defense, Defense, Defense…last week the Golden Lions defense showed up to play and made it known to the Carver offense. William Dean, Carver quarterback, had a rough night trying to make plays for offense. It seemed like he had no time all night trying to keep the Shelby defenders off his jersey tail. This week the defense will need to mirror that performance against a tough high scoring Reidsville Rams team.
East Rowan Mustangs @ SOUTH POINT RED RAIDERS
The South Point Red Raiders have embraced their role as under dogs on the prowl, knocking off the unbeaten Concord Spiders last week 37-21. The Raiders year started off very rocky only due to the standards that the programs was historically used too, but now that the post season is a thing of the present they no longer have to look at the regular season. In the playoffs what you did in the regular season no longer matters and it should be erased from your mind. South Point now has themselves two games out from a Championship game appearance. Standing in their way this week will be the East Rowan Mustangs. The Mustangs will not be an easy task for South Point, after already knocking off two teams so far in the playoffs. Last week, they defeated West Henderson in a thrilling 27-21 victory so don’t expect the Mustangs to come out and roll over for the Red Raiders.
KEY TO VICTORY: Keep the ball and decision making in the hands of senior quarterback, Jaquan Brooks. Brooks was the nail in the coffin last week right out halftime scoring on two big runs of 83 yards and 58 yards. He finished the night with 256 rushing yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns in the books.
Forestview Jaguars @ CREST CHARGERS
This will be a great matchup this week for the Chargers at home playing host to the Forestview Jaguars. These two teams are very familiar with one another, since just two seasons ago they were both members of the same Big South 3A conference. This year Forestview remained in that conference and took over Crest spot as conference favorites. While the Crest Chargers joined back with its Cleveland County rivals and foes in the very tough competitive SMAC conference. So, this will be a reunion game for these two programs with a lot at stake. Last week the Chargers had a relatively close game going at home against West Rowan. I say close because anytime you face the Chargers and the game stays within a 14 point spread you are doing very well, at half West Rowan was trailing by just that, 14-0. The Charger’s went on to win 28-7, but hats off to West Rowan. The Jaguars didn’t have much of a problem at Joe Alala Stadium against Pisgah, sending them home after a 37-13 beatdown. Two notable mentions for the Jaguars, running back Moe Neal became the first player in school history to reach 2,000 yards in a season. The Jaguars as a program became first Forestview team to notch 11 wins. Congratulations, but those records will mean nothing this week when they go to Sid Bryson Stadium to take on the Chargers.
KEY TO VICTORY: Shut Moe down, the Crest Chargers will have their hands full this week with Moe Neal and the Jaguar defense. Moe is one of those runners/receivers that has the “It” factor, no matter where he lines up you have to account for him and his playmaking ability. He has caused defenses problems all year, but with that said he hasn’t faced a defense like the Charger defense. They are fast, strong and physical and love to electrify the crowd with the big hit. Control Moe and the rest will fall right into the laps of the defense.
Lincolnton Wolves @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS
Lincoln County get ready because the rematch that has been speculated is finally here. The Lincoln Wolves return back to Denver, NC to take on the East Lincoln Mustangs. The Mustangs got the best of a injury plagued Wolves team earlier this year when they met at East Lincoln during the regular season. The Mustangs led by star Chazz Surratt will be the highly favoured team in this rematch. The Wolves since that loss have transformed into a much better team after recovering players from injury and the defense playing some very stingy ball. Last week after taking a 21-12 lead into half over Parkwood the Lincolnton defense came out in the second half held the Parkwood offense to just 48 yards going on to win the game 28-12. The East Lincoln Mustangs on the other hand had no problem advancing past RS Central. The Mustang 49-28 victory came on the heels or should I say arm of Chazz Surratt. Surratt eclipsed former teammates Lincoln County record for touchdown passes. The play came on a scramble out the pocket then a 20 yard completion on the run to Chris Tomberlin for his 46th touchdown of the season, passing former teammate and State Champion, Garrett Young (2012 - 45 TD passes). Congratulations to a remarkable talent that is Chazz Surratt.
KEY TO VICTORY: Tackle Roseboro. The last time these two teams met up despite losing the game beefy runner and defender Darian Roseboro made his presence known on offense carrying defenders and just testing the fortitude of defense. So in order to control the game and allow Chazz to do what it is he does best, score Touchdowns. The East Lincoln Mustangs will need to channel in that shutdown defense that has boosted them to an unbeaten season and a highly favoured team to make it all the way to the Championship.
What’s Up in Local Sports
By Calvin Hastings
The third round of the state high school football playoff gets underway this Friday night. Several area teams are still in contention. In the 3A West, Forestview at 11-2 is at 13-0 Crest. East Rowan at 7-4 is at 9-4 South Point. In the 2AA West, Lincolnton at 11-2 is at 13-0 East Lincoln. In the 2A West, Shelby at 11-2 is on the road at 11-2 Reidsville. Our broadcast games this week includes Shelby at Reidsville on WOHS-1390 AM. Lincolnton at East Lincoln on both WLON-1050 AM and WCSL-1590 AM. The Forestview at Crest game can be heard on www.ktcbroadcasting.com.
There were several area signings last week. South Point pitcher Garrett Davila has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Tennessee. Matt Bridges of Crest has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at East Carolina. Bradley Keller of Crest has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Western Carolina. SeDasia Love of Crest has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A’Diyah Ussery of Crest has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Western Carolina. Kaylee Wacaster of Crest has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Gardner Webb.
Hats off to East Lincoln quarterback Garrett Young. Young set a Lincoln County record for touchdown passes. He recorded his 46th touchdown pass this season in last week’s 49-28 win over RS Central. The Mustangs will be home Friday night to face Lincolnton.
The sites have been set for the state high school football championship games. At Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on December 12th at 7:30, it’s the 1AA championship. At noon on Saturday, the 13th it’s the 1A championship. at 4:00 pm it’s the 3A championship and at 8:00 pm it’s the 3AA championship. Friday night at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem it’s the 4A championship at 7:30 pm. On Saturday at BB&T Field at noon it’s the 2A championship. at 4:00 pm it’s the 2AA championship and at 8:00 pm it’s the 4AA championship.
HOLLYWOOD’S NFL REVIEW
By Kevin Hastings / @KevinHastings
Last week we were a little hard on football coaches. Some of you wanted to know what I had against coaches and defended coaches they knew. I didn’t say EVERY coach was an egotistical moron, I said SOME coaches are, and I’ll stand by that always. Some coaches are in it for the kids or the love of the game, but some are in it for the money and the recognition. I’ve had coaches that were wonderful and I’m sure changed the lives of some unfortunate kids. So don’t get me wrong, I like coaches. I just don’t like the ones who are bullies and only in it for themselves.
Every week of the NFL season we eliminate one team from Super Bowl contention. This is my opinion only and it is not a power poll. To be a Top 12 team, you have to be qualified for the playoffs. Six in the NFC and six in the AFC. This week we say goodbye to the Miami Dolphins. It’s been a long time coming but finally the Fish are cooked. Tannehill isn’t a great quarterback and Philben isn’t much of a players coach. Plus they changed what was one of the greatest uniforms in sports to something that looks like Sea World designed for one of their parks. With no hope of winning the division and fours teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race, there’s no chance Miami makes it to the Super Bowl. Goodbye South Beach!
ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
17. Cleveland Browns (7-4) It’s getting VERY close to Johnny Manziel time. Hoyer keeps winning but good grief it’s ugly. We may get the chance to see Johnny Football in the playoffs!
16. Baltimore Ravens (6-4) This article was written before the Monday night games. Win or lose I would rank them ahead of the Brownies so here they are.
15. San Diego Chargers (7-4) The Chargers were given a game by the Rams. The Bolts are only 1 game out of first place and have given away games this year.
14. San Francisco 49ers (7-4) The 49ers and the Hawks would both be in first place in the NFC South. Since they’re in the west, they’re out of the playoffs.
13. Detroit Lions (7-4) Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Detroit Lions.
THE NFC SOUTH TOILET BOWL
12c. Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) After losing Sunday, Carolina is now only 1 game out of first. Just pathetic. Everyone in the organization is to blame for this. Richardson and Gettlemen to start, then Rivera, then the defense and then Cam Newton. I made a bet with a friend before Cam’s second season that he would be out of the league before Tony Romo retires. While a risky bet, if Cam keeps up his current rate of play, he could be folding clothes at Belk in three years. While he is a physical specimen and can throw the ball through a wall, sometimes the problem is that he can’t even hit the wall he’s trying to throw the ball through. A poor leader and a poor attitude won’t get you too far in the NFL. It will always come down to performance.
12b. New Orleans Saints (4-6) Written before the Monday game versus the Ravens. If they win, they’re in first, if they lose, they’re tied for first at 4-7. Geesh!
12a. Atlanta Falcons (4-7) It’s time for the Dirty Birds to finally get rid of Mike Smith. You can’t have your coach losing games for you on the sidelines.
IN THE PLAYOFFS, FOR NOW
11. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) And the downward spiral begins. Has a 9-1 team ever missed the playoffs? Arizona has a chance to do that or be the first team ever to host and play in the same Super Bowl.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Everyone past the top five or six teams are incredibly untrustworthy.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) The Bengals beat the Texans like they were supposed to keeping them first place in the AFC North where the other three teams are ALL 7-4!
8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) The Iggles beat the Titans on Sunday because they were suppose to. With two out of three games vs Dallas in the next few weeks, the NFC East is about to be decided.
7. Seattle Seahawks (7-4) While at least one Super Bowl team usually doesn’t make the playoffs the following season, most people had Seattle and Denver both returning to the playoffs. Uh oh Seattle!
6. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) The Colts beat the Jaguars on Sunday 23-3 just like they were supposed to.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4) One week they’re in the playoffs, the next, I have them in my Top 5. I like Big Ben and love his chances in the playoffs against every team below the Steelers on this list.
4. Dallas Cowboys (8-3) How ‘bout them Cowboys!
While Odell Bechham may have had the greatest catch of all-time, it shouldn’t have been allowed. It was clear OFFENSIVE pass interference! I think the refs huddled up after the play and it went like this:
Ref #1: Did you see that catch? Wow!
Ref #2: Not really, I threw the flag on the receiver because he threw the cornerback to the ground and didn’t get my head turned around in time.
Ref #1: Dang! You missed the best catch ever! We can’t call interference on him and at home! This crowd will riot if we do. Just call it on the Cowboys, no one will care, he had a piece of his jersey anyway.
Ref #2: OK, Pass Interference Defense, Declined
As for the game, you got to give credit for them staying cool under horrible circumstances. EVERY call was going the Giants way. It was like one of those Madden games where you’re playing the CPU and the CPU has decided there’s no way on God’s green Earth you’re winning that game. Every break goes the other teams way and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the Giants game on Sunday and the Cowboys overcame it. Pack your bags for Tempe America!
3. Denver Broncos (8-3) I honestly have no idea what’s wrong with Denver right now. It’s just weird.
2. Green Bay Packers (8-3) With a Lions loss, the Pack took over first place. They should stay there.
1. New England Patriots (9-2) The Pats made sure everyone in America knows that the Detroit Lions are not real Super Bowl contenders.
WILD CARD ROUND PREDICTIONS
6. SEAHAWKS @ 3. Eagles / 5. COWBOYS @ 4. Saints
6. CHIEFS @ 3. Bengals / 5. STEELERS @ 4. Colts
DIVISIONAL ROUND PREDICTIONS
6. SEAHAWKS @ 1. Cardinals / 5. COWBOYS @ 2. Packers
6. Chiefs @ 1. PATRIOTS / 5. STEELERS @ 2. BRONCOS
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND PREDICTIONS
COWBOYS @ Packers / STEELERS @ Patriots
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COWBOYS vs Steelers
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Let’s Talk Bible - Since 1975
By Evangelist W.C. “Dub” Dellinger
What’s Up with Dr. Bo
Dr. Bo Wagner is pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Mooresboro, NC, a widely traveled evangelist, and the author of several books. His books are available at www.wordofhismouth.com
The ministry comes complete with many joys, and also with many trials. A pastor is a man with a wonderful and vibrant life, and also a man who is vulnerable in ways that no one else can begin to fully appreciate and understand. No where is that more true, I suppose, than in the matter of his children.
My wife and I had about two years of ministry under our belts when our first child (and the first baby in the history of the church) came along. Two more came in the next few years. I am now the pleased-as-punch father of a wonderful teenage boy, and two precious girls a bit younger than him.
Let me state up front that no one ever really warned me.
I would not trade the ministry for any other life task. But I do wish someone had told me going into it that having children in the ministry is a great risk, and provides for many tense moments. Please do not misunderstand; my church is very good to my wife and I, and to my three children. But through the years I have learned that the devil loves to try and get to pastors through their mchildren.
I remember some years ago my wife coming into the office with a homicidal look on her face. Once I got her calmed down, she brought our son in, who was very little at the time. As it turns mout, a man (no longer with us) had seen him engage in some horrible toddler transgression, and had physically yanked him up by the arm, leaving a nasty bruise. There is one reason I am not in prison today: he was gone before I found out about it.
On another occasion a very angry woman (also no longer with us) came screaming into the moffice, because one of my children had “pushed her child into a pew.” I was ready to deliver some very needed discipline, when a dear old lady came in and said “Pastor, that is not true. Her child was running, and tripped going around a corner and hit her head.” What would my child have thought if that discipline had come for a transgression that did not even occur?
My children are growing up. They have flaws, insecurities, and are trying to figure out life like everyone else’s kids. They do not have halos, but they have no horns either. And my church currently is doing one of the greatest things anyone can do for a pastor: they are letting my kids be normal kids. They invite them over, they love on them, they praise them when they do right, and they let my wife and I deal with them when they do wrong. You do understand, I hope, that a pastor and his wife are, if they have kids, first and foremost a mom and dad? They would never discipline your kids, never presume to do so to theirs.
My son cleans the house. All of it. Voluntarily and well! He took it upon himself to learn to play instruments because he loves the Lord and loves church. My oldest daughter can often be found reading her Bible during the day just because she loves the Lord. All of the little kids in church adore her, she makes them all feel like the most special person in the room. My youngest daughter is taking piano lessons, not because she wants to, but because she is naturally good at it, and I asked her to serve to Lord by taking lessons. She spends hours each week at it when she would rather be goofing off.
I am blessed. And I am grateful to a church who loves my three blessings! Do your own pastor a great service: love his children. They live in a glass house, so please at least make sure that when they come to church they are glad they came.
Dr. Wagner can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Up with Thinkin Bout It
By Dr. Vincent Hefner
First Baptist Church of Cherryville
My wife and I have been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, and believe it or not, not one of them makes a mistake! I love talking to them, holding them, and just spending time with them. I am always excited to see them, and they always seem excited to see me. I can’t say that was always the case with my children! Don’t misunderstand me, I love my children, but when they reached the age to talk, I didn’t believe everything they said to me. I used the policy, “Trust but Verify” when it came to my children explaining their daily activities. Things really got interesting around my house when my children started to drive, and they would return home with a dent in a car, or would return home without a car! I heard every excuse from a dog running out in front of the car, the steering wheel wouldn’t turn, the sun was in my eyes, or the brakes didn’t properly work. Yes sir, there was always an excuse to why something went wrong and why it wasn’t their fault. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t get into a big way about wrecked cars or tall tales, as long as no one was hurt. Besides, I told a few tall tales to my parents when I was learning to drive and would come home missing a hubcap or a new dent in a fender. I always had a good reason, and the accident was never, ever my fault!
I assume the idea to “Pass the Buck” is part of human nature. A few days ago, our daughter sent a video of our granddaughter June, who is three years old. Kelly had discovered that one of her window blinds had been cut with a pair of scissors. My daughter, who was using her “Calm voice,” asked June if she knew what happened to the window blinds. June, who was also using her “Calm voice,” looked straight into the camera, and said, “No.” Then Kelly asked June if she had cut the window blinds with a pair of scissors, to which June said, “No.” Finally, Kelly asked June, “Well, who do you think cut the window blinds?” June spoke up with all the honesty a three-year old could muster, and said, “It must have been the dinosaur!” As a grandparent I accepted her answer and would have told June the next time she saw that dinosaur with a pair of scissors to let me know. But as a parent, I would have had to “verify” her answer by telling her dinosaurs no longer roam the earth, with or without scissors!
My granddaughter is not the first or last person to pass the blame on to someone else for something she had done! Part of growing up is to learn how to take responsibility for your actions, and not to blame others when things go wrong. It is not easy to admit when you have done or said something wrong, but it is necessary in becoming a responsible person. As a Christian, the only way I can live with the truth is to learn to trust Jesus as God’s total truth. Matthew 8:2,3 says, “And behold, a leper came and worshipped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” The leper had a problem that had no earthly cure, and the only one who could help him was Jesus. The illness drove the man to Christ, and the man was humble enough to ask for help. All of mankind is in the same situation as this unidentified man, we all need to go to Jesus for a healing of the mind and soul. Of course this answer flies in the face of our human nature, which is to fix everything with our own wisdom or wit. Who do you trust to bring you truth and peace in your life? If you are living by faith in Christ, never forget that Christ gives us the strength to live a life without lies or deceit. If you are trusting in Christ, then know that He is still willing to cleanse you from all sin. Remember, don’t give in to sin.
Remember, Don’t Give In To Sin. Think About It!