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HOME! WHERE THE WINS ARE!

By Andrey S Bush / @AndreySBush

There’s no better place than at home in front of your home crowd. This was a proven fact last week in the first round of playoffs for local area teams who were lucky enough to earn a first round home game.  This week competition gets tougher, as the field was cut down from the first round.  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!

Carver Yellow Jackets @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS

In typical Golden Lions fashion Shelby came out to another cold start to the game but warmed the engines up real fast running the Trinity Bulldogs up out of the Jungle with their tails tucked between their legs.  The offense came out passing the ball which lead to two early interceptions thrown by RJ George.  George, being the warrior and competitor that coaches dream about didn’t let those turnovers freeze his focus.  Once that focus was dialed back in the Golden Lions were on their way to a 52-6 victory, and also extended their home playoff win streak to ten in a row.  This week the Lions will be back in action against Carver Yellow Jackets in the second round.  Carver’s 62-31 first round victory over Hendersonville should have the Golden Lions aware that this team can score so limit the turnovers and opportunities for the Yellow Jackets.

KEY TO VICTORY: Put the ball in the hands of Chad Reid.  Reid last week had 139 yards on the ground with a couple of big breakout touchdown runs.

Starmount Rams @ BESSEMER CITY YELLOW JACKETS

It was a great first round victory for the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets and a big night night for Senior running back, Cedric Mackey who was instrumental for his team’s success rushing for 169 yards on 26 carries along with three touchdowns.  Just a typical outing for Mackey.  The Yellow Jackets and North Moore played a tight game up into the third quarter when Bessemer City established the margin of victory with two big touchdown runs by Mackey.  The Jackets will need another repeat Friday night against the Starmount Rams.  Starmount advanced past the Cherryville Ironmen last week 75-27.

KEY TO VICTORY: Defense! The Yellow Jackets will have their hands full stopping the Rams run game. Lead by Trey Lomax (201 yards) and John Johnson (149 yards) the Rams offense rushed for 433 yards on just 29 carries and 11 touchdowns.

West Rowan Falcons @ CREST CHARGERS

Just another day at the office last week at Sid Bryson Stadium for the Crest Chargers.  It didn’t take but four minutes off the clock and Boom! The Chargers were up 14-0, and never looked back.  The balance of the Crest Chargers has been their staple on the season.  They come out every week as the best team and to back that up they let that show through their play on the field.  This week they will have the West Rowan Falcons to deal with.  The Falcons defeated North Buncombe in the first round to lead up this second round matchup against the mighty Crest Chargers.

KEY TO VICTORY: Control the tempo, the Chargers all year have come out and set the tempo on the opposition starting with their smothering defense controlling field positions and bottling up offenses.

RS Central Hilltoppers @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

Apart from the Crest Chargers the East Lincoln Mustangs are the considered the “Best of the Best” in the area.  Paced by a very talented offense and a defense capable of protecting the lead East Lincoln is favoured to make it all the way to the State Title game.  They handled Smoky Mountain last week in a dominating fashion.  Team leader and offensive play caller, Chazz Surratt had an incredible first half throwing for five touchdowns with addition to Coleton Banks 39 yard touchdown run gave a East Lincoln a controlling 42-0 halftime lead.  The Mustangs went on to win 55-7.

KEY TO VICTORY: Simple key for the Mustangs and that will be trust the decision making of Chazz Surratt.  Coach Byus has an on field captain that has a great understanding for the game and what it takes for his team to win, a gem for any coach.

OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES

Parkwood Rebels @ LINCOLNTON WOLVES

Pisgah Bears @ FORESTVIEW JAGUARS

South Point Red Raiders @ CONCORD SPIDERS

What’s Up With the Pairings?

By Calvin Hastings - Listen to Calvin on the radio M-F 6am-8am on 1050AM, 1390AM & 1590AM

LOCAL SPORTS WITH CALVIN

The pairings are set for the North Carolina High School Football Playoffs.  Here’s what it looks like for our local teams.  In 3AA play, Ashbrook at 5-6 will be on the road to meet Cuthbertson who are 8-3.  In 3A play, Southwestern Randolph at 5-6 will be at 11-0 Crest.  East Gaston at 5-6 will be at 9-2 Forestview.  Fred T. Foard at 6-5 will be at 7-4 South Point.  Kings Mountain at 8-3 will be at 7-4 West Henderson.  In 2AA play, Smokey Mountain at 2-9 will be at 11-0 East Lincoln.  RS Central at 7-4 will be at 8-3 Bandys.  Newton Conover at 7-3-1 will be at 9-2 Lincolnton.  Parkwood at 6-5 will be at 4-7 Hunter Huss.  Maiden at 5-6 will be at 9-2 Ashe County.  In 2A West play, Trinity at 5-6 will be at 9-2 Shelby.  In 1AA play, Cherryville at 4-7 will be at 8-3 Starmount and North Moore at 6-5 will be at 8-3 Bessemer City.    Again we’ll have plenty of action on the radio and www.ktcbroadcasting.com.  Don’t forget, we cannot show video of the playoff games because of an agreement between Time Warner Cable and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.  Our coverage includes Cherryville at Starmount on WCSL-1590 AM.  Trinity at Shelby on WOHS-1390 AM and Newton-Conover at Lincolnton on WLON-1050 AM.  Those games along with East Gaston at Forestview and Southwestern Randolph at Crest will be available on www.ktcbroadcasting.com.

Shelby’s Nautilus/Phoenix power lifting team brought home 35 trophies and a team first place trophy in the North Carolina bench press, push pull, dead lift and strict curl championships in Concord.  Dalton Young and Drew Rogers were top lifters in the middle school  and college teen divisions.  D’Monte Wright took first in four events.  Daniel Roberson won the high school teen division winning five events.  Laura Todd was the top female wrestler winning four adult division events.  Bill Putnam also won four adult division events.  Coach and Team Captain Jim Putnam won first in seven adult events.

Lincolnton’s Darian Roseboro has been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl on January 4th in Carson, California.  Roseboro will also participate in this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas December 20th in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The South Mountain Athletic Conference handed out its Conference tennis awards.  Joe Scism of Crest was named the league’s top coach and Lauren Scism of Crest was named the Player of the Year.  Morgan Price of Crest was named to the All-SMAC team.  Other team members included Nancy Bridges and Keri Price of Shelby.  Candace Gold and Brittany McMurry of Burns and Morgan Lutz of Kings Mountain.

The Big South Conference has handed out it’s All Conference Volleyball Awards.  Georgina Diaz of North Gaston was named “Player of the Year” and Carolyn Houser of North Gaston was named “Coach of the Year”.  All Conference team members included Sydney Edwards, Erin Edwards and Shelby Dulin of North Gaston, Lauren Franklin, Leah Smith, Emonni Reid and Chidubem Sery of Forestview.  Lauren Abernethy and Haley Hovis of East Gaston.  Chelsea Houser and Kayla Karr of South Point.  Laura Trull and Annelle Grealis of Stuart Cramer.  Callie Hatley of Hunter Huss and Cheyanne Johnson of Ashbrook.

Kings Mountain’s Kayla Bolt was named the South Mountain Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year and Mountaineer coach Ashley Pridgen was named the Coach of the Year.  The All Conference Team included Gracie Hunter, Angel Peterson and Sara Pasour of Kings Mountain.  Kori West of Shelby.  MiKaila Linnons of Crest and Ashlea Houston of Burns.

The South Mountain Athletic Conference has handed out its All Conference Awards.  Nate Kennedy of Crest was named the Offensive Player of the Year.  Omar Jimenez of Chase was named the Defensive Player of the Year and David Steeves of Shelby was named the Coach of the Year.  Local  All Conference Team members included Steven Pate, Tyler Cowan, Richard Wright, Steven Hill, Aaron Assad and Luke Groves of Shelby.  Nate Kennedy, Bradley Keller and Justin Wright of Crest.  Robbie Lysek, Tyler Batchler, Arrick Rithiphong of Kings Mountain and Elijah Anderson of Burns.

What’s up prep football: PLAYOFFS! WE TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS!

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By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 103-32 / Last Week 7-3)

The season is in the books and now the talk is Playoffs for the area teams that earned the privileged to continue their season in the post season.  There were two teams in the area with a perfect season under their belt entering the post season, the East Lincoln Mustangs and the Crest Chargers.  Both teams have high expectations of winning State Championships. I know the weather is cold and some teams will be travelling but show support for your teams as they shoot for greatness.  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!

Trinity Bulldogs @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS

What a matchup last week for the Golden Lions losing to rival Crest in front of a crowd that numbered over seven thousand fans.  The Golden Lions came out and took a early 13-0 lead over the Chargers at half.  Unfortunately, it was the tale of two halves.  The Golden Lions were unable to score in the second half while Crest went on to put 3 scores on board thanks large in part to Tre Harbison putting his team on his back.  This week the Golden Lions start their journey to repeating as State Champs.  It would have been a very big moral booster and ego nudge to have knocked off Crest to end the season.  But, like last year the Golden Lions will happily exchange the loss for a trip back to Championship.  First step between them and Championship will be the Trinity Bulldogs.  This should be a easy victory for the Lions.  I look for RJ George and Chad Reid to have a “Showtime” type of night at George Blanton Stadium in front the home crowd.

Newton Conover Red Devils @ LINCOLNTON WOLVES

Another rematch of familiars in Lincoln County.  Two SD-7 teams will be playing each other to control their playoff dreams.  Newton Conover and Lincolnton played each other less than a week ago and the Red Devils were not ready for the Wolves.  The Wolves played the role as the Homecoming spoilers.  Newton Conover came out on the first drive against the Wolves and it appeared as though they would have no struggles.  Well, Lincolnton had a game plan that lead to a dominating performance and raised a lot of eyebrows in the area.  Although this is a rematch the stakes are a lot different than the last time they met and both coaches understand this and will have their teams ready to play.  The big twist in this game will be the defense of Lincolnton.  The defense has been the key component to the turn around of their slow start season.  It will be a tough road game for the Red Devils  to win once they step into the Wolves den.  I look to see a lot of what I saw in the last matchup, Roseboro up the middle, off tackle and over the Newton Conover struggling defense.

SW Randolph Cougars @ CREST CHARGERS

Every teams deserves their opportunities once they make their way to the playoffs, but once you get there there are teams you don’t want to see on your bracket sheet and if you’re SW Randolph Cougars you surely didn’t want to see the Crest Chargers.  Crest just wrapped up perfect 11-0 season ending it with a great finale against rival Shelby at home.  The Chargers were put to a much needed test by the Golden Lions, as they prepare for the Cougars. The offense struggled early in the game while the defense kept them in the game only giving up 13 points to the Shelby offense in the first half and shutting them out in the second half.  The defense will be very important as the Chargers make their way back to the Championship.  Tre Harbison took over in the second half last week and showed his leadership with some hard running and two big touchdown receptions from Willie Green.  Harbison will definitely have the dial set to beast mode this week with what should be a easy victory for the number one seed.

East Gaston Warriors @ FORESTVIEW JAGUARS

They say defense wins championships but a great offense will get you there and that’s just what the Jaguars have.  Forestview has one of the most balanced offenses among the area teams represented in the playoffs and this week they will be at home to take on the East Gaston Warriors.  Hats off to the Warriors for making it into the playoffs but their journey will be short lived.  I will be looking for Moe Neal to have a big game both on ground and through the air.

Cherryville Ironmen @ STARMOUNT RAMS

The Ironmen ended their season on a high note beating rival Bessemer City Yellow Jackets. This week they will have their hands full with the Starmount Rams.  Cherryville can be a very dangerous team when the offense has everything going led by Grant Henderson and his strong arm, but this week will be a tough one on the road for the Ironmen.  Despite Henderson’s capabilities of throwing for big yardage the Ironmen defense will be the downfall this week against Starmount

OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES

North Moore @ BESSEMER CITY

Parkwood @ HUNTER HUSS

Smoky Mountain @ EAST LINCOLN

RS Central @ BANDYS

Ashbrook @ CUTHBERTSON

Kings Mountain @ WEST HENDERSON

Fred T Foard @ SOUTH POINT

Maiden @ ASHE COUNTY

East Rutherford @ MOUNT PLEASANT

WHATS UP SHOPPER SCHOLAR ATHLETE

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WHAT’S UP SHOPPER SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

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Sarah Scism,a senior at Kings Mountain High School is the McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar Athlete of the Month. Sarah is a member of the golf, softball and track teams at Kings Mountain.

Sarah has earned a 4.8611 GPA while taking numerous advanced placement classes including European History, World History, Calculus AB and English IV.

Sarah is a member of the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Marching Band and is a Renaissance Gold Card Holder.  As a Junior, Sarah served as a Marshall.

Upon Graduation, Sarah plans to attend either Clemson University or North Carolina State University.

Sarah is the daughter of Cam and Lynn Scism of Kings Mountain. She is a member of the Patterson Grove Baptist Church where she is on the Youth Council.  She has served as na Operation Christmas Child processing center volunteer and has been involved in Nicaragua mission trips in 201 and 2014.

The McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar Athlete Award is sponsored by the McDonald’s Restaurants in Shelby and Kings Mountain, WOHS Radio and The What’s Up Shopper.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a student athlete not only for accomplishments in athletics but also for achievements in the classroom and for overall school and community citizenship.

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Awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships

Eleven students from Cleveland Community College received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program. The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare related to attending classes during the 2014-15 academic year, and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps upon course completion. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships for both continuing education and college-credit students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. College-credit students may apply for up to $750 per semester and continuing education students are eligible for up to $250 per term.

The following students were awarded scholarships for the fall semester:

James Alexander, EMT – Basic

Ryan Carpenter, EMT – Basic

Nickolas Fulbright, EMT – Basic

Alexis Guerrero, Associate in Arts

Ciara Haynes, Associate in General Education

Andrew Jackson, Early Childhood

Telena Jones, Early Childhood

Dwight McGuire, Electronics Engineering Technology

Joshua McMillian, Associate in Arts

Margie Petty, Associate in General Education

Ethan Ramsey, EMT – Paramedic

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 8,000 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinians attend our state’s community colleges,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, especially in the rural areas of our state.”

What’s Up With Middle School Football?

By Calvin Hastings - Listen to Calvin on the radio M-F 6am-8am on 1050AM, 1390AM & 1590AM

LOCAL SPORTS WITH CALVIN

The Gaston County Middle School football championship and the Tri-County Middle school football champions were crowned last week.  The Shelby Blue Devils downed the Crest Dragons by an 8-0 score in a game heard on Big “O” Country and viewed on ktcbroadcasting.com.  Both teams finished 8-1 on the season.   Meanwhile in Gaston County, Grier captured its fourth consecutive Gaston County Middle School championship with a 20-13 win over Southwest.  Grier finished their season with a perfect 8-0 record.  Southwest finished 5-2-1.

The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs finished second in the state 2A cross country event last weekend.  The Lady Mustangs finished 63 points behind Carrboro.  Shelby’s boys placed 9th in the 2A division.  The North Lincoln boys and girls each placed 7th in the 3A cross country division.  Lincoln Charter placed 9th in the 1A boys division.

Kings Mountain’s Will Wilson has committed to play baseball at N.C. State.  Wilson hit over .400 last year.

Shelby’s Parker Campbell has committed to swim at N.C. State.  Campbell is the state 2A champion in the backstroke.

What a night for Ashbrook quarterback Jeff Glenn on Monday night.  Glenn threw for four touchdowns and ran for three accounting for 474 total yards in the Greenwave’s 54-14 win over Lake Norman Charter.

Hats off to Sherrill Jenkins of Shelby.  Sherrill picked up a gold medal at the 2014 North Carolina State Senior Games in Raleigh.  Jenkins won both the softball throw and discus throw in the age 75-79 age group.  She also picked up silver medals in the shot put and billiards.

SEASONS’ ENDING!

What’s Up Prep Football?

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By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 96-29 / Last Week 9-2)

Seasons endings has finally made its way upon us. For all the Seniors, as they play their last game of the regular season and possibly their last game as a prep football star, I would like to wish them much success.  But lets get into this last week of football and there will definitely be some excitement with all the rivalry renewed match ups taking place.  So, get out the blankets and big coats and prepare for action.  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 @ CREST CHARGERS

The stage is set, the mighty Crest Chargers sitting at the top spot of the SMAC and the dangerous Shelby Golden Lions right on their heels looking to steal a share of the Championship.  The Chargers and Lions have been looking towards this game all season.  Looking at each teams schedule in and out of conference, once Kings Mountain started suffering injuries to key positions and fell out discussion for the contention for Champions the Chargers and Lions knew that this weeks game will become very important.  Crest defense has been on a tear throughout the whole season holding opponents to 3.9 points per game. Impressive needless to say.  The Shelby offense brings an element that the Charger defense hasn’t had to deal with thus far and that is a very good pass offense lead by signal caller, RJ George.  But, the Shelby offense hasn’t had to deal with a defense that is as stingy as the Chargers.  Crest is big, tough and fast up front and they pin their ears back and like to go after whom ever possesses the ball.  I feel like this game will present more questions on the side of Shelby,  “Can our O-Line match up?” and “Can the offense avoid turnovers?”  If the Golden Lions can limit turnovers and establish some kind of protection for RJ George and Chad Reid this game could be competitive till whistle sounds.  Competitive will be the best I can give them, because the Chargers already have answers in the form of Willie Green and Tre Harbison backed up by the areas stingiest defense

Maiden Blue Devils @ LINCOLNTON WOLVES

The Wolves started this year to a rocky rough start due to players injuries.  The Wolves now are healthy and second to only the East Lincoln Mustangs in the SD-7.  The Wolves had an offensive explosion last week against West Caldwell compiling 549 yards of offense.  The defense is usually the game changer for the Wolves who’s offensive strategy is simple, a heavy dose of Roseboro followed by beefy back Tarus Dameron and speed back Quinlyn Harris.  They will finish up there season against the battered and abused Blue Devils who witnessed the extraordinary talents of Chazz Surratt, losing to East Lincoln big Monday night at home.  This will be the last regular season game for a blazing hot Lincolnton team.  So the Blue Devils shouldn’t lick their wounds just yet because here comes the Wolfpack.

BURNS BULLDOGS @ RS Central Hilltoppers

Everyone should take a step back and commend the Bulldogs on a hard fought season.  The Bulldogs were crossed out on a lot of peoples list of teams that will be returning to the playoffs after such a good run last year under Matt Beam.  Well get your erasers out cause the dogs have chewed their way right into playoff discussions.  The Bulldogs need this win this week to help their chances of getting in but with the season they’ve had to endure courtesy of some off-season distractions.  It shouldn’t take much to get the Dogs pumped up to finish the season strong and possibly earn a golden ticket to continue their season past week 11.

BESSEMER CITY YELLOW JACKETS @ Cherryville Ironmen

What a difference a year makes.  Last year the Yellow Jackets and Ironmen both shared the title as Conference Champs.  This year the Yellow Jackets sit alone at the top with a 4-0 conference record going into the last week of the season and not to mention the rivalry that these two teams carry.  These two teams met early this season at Bessemer City where the Yellow Jackets got an early shot at their rival defeating them 24-16.  Cedric Mackey was the man that night for the Yellow Jackets presenting all kinds of tackling problems for the Ironmen.  This game want have as much on the line as last years finale but it will mean a lot for Seniors to go out with a win against their respected rival.  With a defense playing great right now this could be a lop-sided victory for the Yellow Jackets, watch out for another big running night by Cedric Mackey.

Hunter Huss Huskies @ ASHBROOK GREENWAVE

With a three way tie for second place coming into the last week of the season between East Gaston, Hunter Huss and Greenwave this Friday match up will be a statement game for whoever deserves that spot.  The Greenwave may have stamped their name on the ballot as a heavy favorite.  Monday Night, eyes were electrified by Junior quarterback, Jeff Glenn.  Glenn had a big game against Lake Norman Charter, seven touchdowns along with 474 yards of total offense. It was only his fourth start at the quarterback position for the Greenwave, and he showed just what his talents bring to the field looking towards next year.  The Huskies, Monday Night had to try and stop the Forestview Jaguars and their speed man on offense Moe Neal who rushed for 217 yards.  With just a short week of preparation they will have to go out on the road and try and stop a clicking offense of Ashbrook.   Jeff Glenn should follow the guidelines set by Forestview and think to rely on his legs for some big plays.


OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES

East Burke Cavaliers @ KINGS MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERS

East Gaston Warriors @ FORESTVIEW JAGUARS

SOUTH POINT RED RAIDERS @ Stuart Cramer Storm

NORTH GASTON WILDCATS @ Lake Norman Charter Knights

THOMAS JEFFERSON GRYPHONS @ Highland Tech Rams

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Mitchem’s Kitchen

WHATS UP LOCAL SPORTS WITH CALVIN

By Calvin Hastings - Listen to Calvin on the radio M-F 6am-8am on 1050AM, 1390AM & 1590AM

LOCAL SPORTS WITH CALVIN

Several area  County golfers will be heading to the state girls golf tournament this week.  They include Rachael Lindsay of East Lincoln.  Mary Prunier and Karleigh Morrison of North Lincoln and Harley Schronce of West Lincoln.   Madison Lutz of Kings Mountain and Brianna Plummer of Crest also qualified along with Madison Monteith and Samantha Telsrow of South Point.  Savannah Hovis of East Gaston.   And Madison Mathis of North Gaston.  Also Caroline Cole, Kimberly Shellman and Ashley Lowry of Highland Tech.  kara Vowell and Brittany Pillow of Bessemer City.  Courtney Brown of Cherryville.  Mary Prunier and Karleigh Morrison of North Lincoln.  The 1A/2A state championship will be held at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst.  The 3A state championships will be held at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.

The Forestview Jaguars honored former Jaguar and now professional golfer Harold Varner III at last Friday night’s football game with Ashbrook.  Varner is a 2008 graduate from Forestview and played in the 2013 U.S.Open.

The Crest Chargers girls tennis team suffered their first loss of the season by a 9-0 score to Marvin Ridge.  The loss eliminated the Lady Chargers from further playoff contention

A.C. Reynolds eliminated Kings Mountain 3-0 in the state 3A volleyball playoffs.  The Lady Mountaineers finished 19-5 on the season.

Former Hunter Huss Huskie Cody Jones has been named the MEAC special teams player of the week after kicking four field goals and converting three extra points for North Carolina A&T.  He also averaged 53.2 yards with four punts during their win over Delaware State last week by a 33-20 score.

Hats off to the Forestview Jaguar soccer team as they finished the conference season with a perfect 14-0 record.  The Jaguars are now 18-2 overall.  The state playoffs get underway this week.

Gardner Webb’s Kenny Cook has been named the National FCS Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.  Cook caught 12 passes and had 251 yards of receiving in the Bulldogs’ 47-41 double overtime win over VMI last week.  The 251 yards of receiving in one game is tops for Gardner Webb, the Big South and Foster Stadium.

FRIDAY NIGHT, HALLOWEEN THRILLER

What’s Up Prep Football?

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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

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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.

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