What’s Up Prep Football?
By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 87-27 / Last Week 9-5)
It will be a Trick-or-Treat Halloween Friday Night. Go out and get some early festivities done then tune in to KTC Broadcasting for some Spooky Friday Night Action. I would like to wish everyone a safe and Scary Halloween. 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!
CREST CHARGERS @ Burns Bulldogs
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This has been a matchup marked on the calendar of many Bulldog fans and maybe not so much the Charger fans. Yeah, records say that this will be a lop-sided victory for the rolling Chargers who still remain undefeated on the year, demolishing all and any opponents. The matchup strikes interest as former bulldogs make their return to Lawndale. Last year during a very drastic transition of changing coaches the Bulldogs also had players change uniforms, with the biggest change being quarterback Willie Green (Jr). For the returning players this will be a bitter sweet feeling to see all your former classmates and friends, but the sweet taste of victory will put the Chargers at 10-0 on the season and 7-0 in the SMAC. Coach Senseney and the Bulldogs have battled this season, after a slow start, to (4-4) and a (4-2) in the SMAC so don’t expect the Dogs to come out and just rollover and play dead to the Chargers. I expect a close game to start but once emotions settle down, the Chargers will seize control and this will be a runaway victory.
EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS @ Maiden Blue Devils
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The East Lincoln Mustangs are running towards the playoffs with a stream of smoke behind them as the offense and the will to win no matter the circumstances of star athlete, quarterback, Chazz Surratt. The Mustangs had another slow start last week allowing (3-6) West Caldwell team to trade back scores and end the first quarter with a 14-14 tied score. Needless to say with the score tied there were few worries on the faces of Mustangs’ faithful who knew the moment was coming when Surratt would take the reins of the game and put the Mustangs ahead. That turn happened in the second half when the offense exploded for seven touchdowns. The Mustangs high powered pass game was virtually unstoppable piling up 293 yards and five touchdowns in the second half. This weeks KTC Broadcasting Lincoln County Game of the Week will be the powerful offensively driven Mustangs at the Maiden Blue Devils. This game will have 8pm start due to downtown Maiden being closed down 5:30-7:30 for the Halloween Trick-or-Treaters.
Draughn Wildcats @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS
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The Golden Lions are back in action in “The Jungle” hosting the dismal Wildcats of Draughn. The Golden Lions last week had a much needed “bye” week from action as they prepare to make their run towards repeating as State Champs. The offense of Shelby has had their struggles with slow starts this season but with the reemergence of the run game led by Chad Reid. Reid right now stands a top the conference in rushing with 863 yards and 13 touchdowns. Starting the season too much pressure to move the ball was in the hands of the passing game which led to a lot of slow starts as they struggled to get into rhythm. With help from the run game RJ George has been dialing in the receivers throwing for over 500 yards in his last two games before taking a much needed rest last week. Against the defense of Draughn the Golden Lions could see two milestones passed RJ George (1,771 passing yards) going over the 2,000 yard passing mark and Chad Reid (863 rushing yards) crossing over 1,000 yard mark.
Highland Tech Rams @ BESSEMER CITY YELLOW JACKETS
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The Bessemer City Yellow Jackets are in the drivers seat of the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference. The Yellow Jackets remain undefeated in conference play with Thomas Jefferson and Cherryville close behind on their heels, both teams with two wins and one loss. This week the Jackets will try and create some space from the rest of the league with a win over Highland Tech to remain undefeated at four conference wins. The ground game was big last week when they had three players toppled the 100-yard mark on offense Tyler Bess with 17 carries 198 yards lead the bunch. Cedric Mackey had 19 carries 119 yards and Josh Davis 8 carries for a 110 yards. The Rams will have trouble stopping the three headed monster that has emerged in Bessemer City. This will a big game for work horse, Cedric Mackey. Mackey has the size and play making ability to impact any game he plays in, mix that with a really good Yellow Jacket defense the Rams will be in for a troublesome Friday Night.
CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ Comm School of Davidson Spartans
Listen on WCSL 1590AM
The Cherryville Ironmen last week helped the conference and themselves out by knocking off Pine Lake Prep and breaking the cluster of teams that were sitting knotted at 1-1 in conference standings. The Ironmen put themselves in a second place tie with Thomas Jefferson hoping for the Yellow Jackets to stumble so they can, like last year possibly get a share of the Conference Championship. The Ironmen, despite giving up nearly 250 yards of offense to Pine Lake Prep, was able to walk away with a 27-14 victory. The Ironmen never trailed in the game thanks to first quarter score by Ryan Owens followed by Grant Henderson showing off in the second quarter throwing a 59 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Thompson, then taking it upon himself, after a Pine Lake touchdown, for a 23 yards touchdown run. Davidson had a blowout win over Highland Tech 46-20, but will have their struggles against this Ironmen team who are trying to force another season ending tie for Southern Piedmont 1A Conference Champion.
OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES
West Caldwell Warriors @ LINCOLNTON WOLVES
Statesville Greyhounds @ NORTH LINCOLN KNIGHTS
Lake Norman Charter Knights @ ASHBROOK GREENWAVE
North Gaston Wildcats @ SOUTH POINT RED RAIDERS
Stuart Cramer Storm @ EAST GASTON WARRIORS
FORESTVIEW JAGUARS @ Hunter Huss Huskies
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