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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.


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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.


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.



East Gaston Warriors @ FORESTVIEW JAGUARS


NORTH GASTON WILDCATS @ Lake Norman Charter Knights


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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


Hats off to Belmont Middle School for winning their third straight Gaston County Middle School golf championship.  Garrett Robinson of Belmont took medalist honors carding a 38 at the Cherryville Country Club.  Cramerton finished 12 strokes back followed by WC Friday and Chavis.

Congratulations to Owen Levy of Highland Tech.  He scored his 49th career goal to become the school’s all time leading scorer in a 2-1 win last week over Cherryville.

Highland Tech won the Southern Piedmont Conference girls golf championship followed by Pine Lake Prep and Bessemer City.  Highland Tech’s Caroline Cole took medalist honors with a 43 at the Woodbridge Golf Course.  Cole was named the Golfer of the Year and Marty Hutchins of Highland Tech was named the Coach of the Year.

The South Point Red Raiders won the girls Southern Piedmont Golf Championship.  They were followed by North Gaston and Forestview.   Kate Beeken of Lake Norman Charter was named the Golfer of the Year and Jason Tant of South Point was named the Coach of the Year.

Lake Norman Charter captured the Big South Cross Country girls championship.  They were followed by South Point and Ashbrook.  Mariah Howlett of Lake Norman Charter was named the girls runner of the year and Craig Zamiars of Lake Norman Charter was named the girls coach of the year.

The Forestview Jaguars captured the boys Big South Cross Country championship.  Lake Norman Charter placed second followed by East Gaston.  Max Flores of Forestview was named the boys runner of the year.  John Hunsucker of Forestview was named the coach of the year.

The Shelby boys won the South Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship.  Shelby was followed by Draughn and East Burke.  Shelby’s Blanton Gillespie was named the top boys performer.  The Kings Mountain girls took home the girls South Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship.  They were followed by Draughn and Shelby.  Draughn’s Aleah Blalock was named the girls top performer.

The North Gaston Wildcats honored their first major league player last Friday Night by retiring Jake Buchannan’s Number 6 jersey.  Last season he was 1-3 with the Houston Astros.

The state volleyball playoffs are underway.  In 1A play last week Bessemer City and Cherryville were both eliminated.  Lincoln Charter advanced with a 3-0 win over Albemarle. In 2A play, East Lincoln and Stuart Cramer were eliminated.  In 3A play, Forestview, North Lincoln, East Gaston and South Point were all eliminated.  North Gaston advanced with a 3-1 win over Ledford and Kings Mountain advanced with a 3-0 win over East Gaston.

Shelby’s Nancy Bridges captured the 2A Western Regional singles championship with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Charanya  Uppalapati of Lake Norman Charter.  She now advances to the state tournament set for this weekend at the Cary Tennis Center.

Crest’s Lauren Scism is heading to the state 3A state singles tournament in Burlington this weekend as the number four seed from the West.


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By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 78-22 / Last Week 11-2)

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!

HUNTER HUSS HUSKIES @ Stuart Cramer Storm

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It was homecoming for the Hunter Huss Huskies last week and they didn’t leave the crowd disappointed, defeating Lake Norman Charter 42-0.  This game was more than just a homecoming victory for the Huskies, it was also the awakening of a much needed pass game that has been on the struggling end so far this season.  Hunter Huss quarterback, Andrew Jordan, exploded throwing for 265 yards and 5 touchdowns.  The Huss defense matched the intensity of the offense by not allowing Lake Norman to reach the end zone while holding fullback, Sean Dugan to 67 yards on 18 carries.  This week they will be hoping to have a mirror performance on both sides of the ball when they go on the road versus Cramer Storm in the KTC Broadcasting “Gaston County Game of the Week.”  Cramer was shut out last week by North Gaston 31-0.  The Storm has had its struggles, but that’s expected from a young program area as they work to establish themselves.  If Cramer wants to keep this game competitive they will need to limit the touches by the Hunter Huss offense that will be coming into the game feeling the highs of last week’s performance.  North Gaston only threw one pass against the Storm and relied heavily on the run game. That storyline will definitely be different with the Huskies.


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Another big matchup in the SD-7 conference and WLON 1050AM Lincoln County Game of the Week. This week Lincolnton Wolves go up to Newton Conover to take on the Red Devils.  The Wolves last week had an easy matchup and a big victory over a winless Bunker Hill Bears team.  Meanwhile, the Red Devils had their hands full when they had the task of trying to slow down the East Lincoln Mustangs and star athlete Chazz Surratt.  Newton Conover held their ground in the first half as both teams struggled with mental errors leaving the first half close with the Mustangs leading 14-6.  The Mustangs came back after the break and Surratt put his team on his back on his way to 316 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and 182 rushing with 3 touchdowns.  After Newton took its first conference loss of the season they will be looking to take their frustrations out on the Wolves at home.  Lincolnton’s defense is a very tough group anchored by Darian Roseboro (NC State commit) who will cause the Red Devil offensive line some matchup problems trying to get him blocked.   This game will go down the wire and turnovers may play a big role but look for the Red Devil defense to make enough stops to walk away with a tough conference victory.

BURNS BULLDOGS @ Draughn Wildcats

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The Bulldogs last week watched a strong first quarter start turn into a tough 48-7 loss to rival Shelby Golden Lions.  Burns held the Golden Lions to a 7-0 first quarter before all the wheels began falling off, while giving up 34 points to the Lions in the 2nd quarter.  The Bulldogs will have to erase what happened last week from their memory and look to a struggling Draughn Wildcats team for a needed win.  The Bulldogs did have a shining moment when Cameron Barbee hooked up Zach Leslie, ending a drive with a Michael Tate four yard touchdown run in the first quarter.  With the struggles of the season they are slowly making strives of improvement on the offensive side of the ball where they’ve seen the most difficulties.  A big game for Burns offense, look for Cameron Barbee to lead his team to victory.

East Rutherfod Cavaliers @ CREST CHARGERS

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There’s not much that can be said negative about the Chargers who continue week to week bullying opponents.  The dominance normally starts on the defense side of the ball which has allowed a total of 39 points on the season and the offense compliments that by taking advantage of all their opportunities by putting touchdowns on board.  The Charger defense recorded its 4th shutout of the season; and for the second week in a row one of the Charger defensive linemen have helped boost the score with a touchdown.  This time it was Senior, defensive end, Chris Willis with a returned block punt 48 yards to paydirt.  The East Rutherford Cavaliers will need to play a flawless game just to hang tough with a Crest Chargers team that’s hitting on all cylinders.  Never underestimate your opponent and it will be safe to say the Chargers will be looking towards next week early in this game by pulling starters to assure that everyone stays healthy.

PINE LAKE PREP PRIDE @ Cherryville Ironmen

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The homecoming celebration in Cherryville was supported by a big victory over Highland Tech.  The Ironmen offense was very impressive against a Rams team that has been struggling to get a win all year.  Returning to the playing field after being injured early in the year against North Gaston Rhyer Davis was back on the receiving end of one of Grant Henderson’s three touchdown passes.  The Ironmen had 6 different players on offense reach the end zone on their way to a 49-7 homecoming victory.  This week they will have a dangerous Pine Lake Prep squad at home.  The Ironmen will need to protect Henderson and allow him to look down the field to his playmakers.  The difference in this game will be on special teams. Look for Cherryville’s Yung Sherrill to come up big in the area after returning a kickoff last week 79 yards against Highland Tech.



EAST LINCOLN @ West Caldwell



BESSEMER CITY @ Thomas Jefferson

SOUTH POINT @ Lake Norman Charter


East Gaston @ NORTH GASTON


CS OF DAVIDSON @ Highland Tech

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Crest Charger defensive back Dominique Roseboro has been selected to play in the 78th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.  The game is set for December 20th at Wofford University.

North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox will be the guest speaker at the 2014 Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraiser banquet at Myers Memorial United Methodist Church in Gastonia on October 21st.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm.  Cost is $20.00 per person or $100 for a six person table.  For more information contact Lincoln Lawing at 704-214-2145.

A special 1A boys and girls All-Star game will be held in Cherryville in March.  Both games will be played at Cherryville’s Nixon Gym.  The girls game will be at 5:00 pm with the boys game at 6:30 pm.  Fifteen players from the Smokey Mountain Conference’s 11 high schools will play a squad from the nine high schools of the Southern Piedmont Conference along with two schools in the Western Highlands Conference.

Gardner Webb’s Jerome Hill has been named to the Madness 2014-2015 Preseason Big South All Conference first Team by the College Sports Madness.  Hill averaged 14.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season for the Dogs earning second team All-Big South League honors.  Gardner Webb will open its season November 15th at LSU.

Hats off to Shelby’s Nancy Bridges.  Bridges won the South Mountain Athletic Conference 2a singles championship last week and will advance to the 2A regional tournament.

Lincolnton’s defensive end Darian Roseboro has announced that he will head to N.C. State.  Roseboro was last year’s Southern District 7 Conference defensive player of the year.

Congratulations to the Crest High School girls tennis team.  They won their first ever back to back South Mountain Athletic Conference Tennis Championships.  They’ll now enter the State 3A dual team playoffs as the number one seed from the conference.

Former Kings Mountain football coach Ron Massey passed away last weekend in Union County.  Massey had a career record of 214-77-2 and was 47-15-2 in five years at Kings Mountain.  He won two conference championships at Kings Mountain and finished runner in the 1998 3a Championship game.


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By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 67-20 / Last Week 11-1)

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!

#8 FORESTVIEW JAGUARS @ #9 South Point Red Raiders

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After a very rocky start to the season the South Point Red Raiders find themselves in the drivers seat of the Big South 2A/3A conference.  Last week went down to some late defensive stands for the Red Raiders barely escaping a loss to the Ashbrook Greenwave.  South Point’s Junior linebacker, Tyler Hall intercepted Jeff Glenn deep in Red Raiders territory to ultimately seal the game for the re-emerging South Point team.  This week they take on the team that’s tight on their on their heals for number one in the conference, the Forestview Jaguars.  Forestview had to rebound from a rough start against a not so good North Gaston team to end the night with a 42-17 victory.  Both teams winning and remaining undefeated in conference play sets up for a very big game in Gaston County.  The question will be can the defense of South Point hang with the explosive offense of Forestview.  Forestview speed man, running back Moe Neal, continued to impose his lightning fast speed on defenses last week with a 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter.  The touchdown was one of two scored in the third quarter by Neal.  Despite the turn around of the Red Raiders from their slow start to the season, stopping the Jaguars balanced offense attack just might be too much to handle for four quarters.

#18 HIghland Tech Rams @ #17 CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN

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Tough times in the Southern Piedmont Conference for both the Cherryville Ironmen and Highland Tech Rams. The Ironmen let a win slip right through their fingers last week, losing to Thomas Jefferson in a 25-22 shootout. Cherryville had their opportunities against the Gryphons as the score went back and forth in Cherryville’s favor until Mason Fenner came through big for Thomas Jefferson knocking down a 24-yard field goal with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.  The loss puts Cherryville in the bottom three teams in the conference and along side of them is this week’s opponent, the Highland Tech Rams.  The Ironmen’s problems this year have mostly come from the effects of injury.  The Ironmen will be hoping to have Rhyer Davis back this week, his availability should not weigh heavily on the outcome of the game.  This should be another big passing night for Grant Henderson, a very capable quarterback of carrying his team to victory.

Newton Conover Red Devils @ #2 EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

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This has been a very highly anticipated game for both the Newton Conover Red Devils and East Lincoln Mustang fans.  Newton Conover has had a turn-around season from last year under new head coach Matt Beam and some of his coaching staff from Burns High School to help with that task of rebuilding.  The Red Devils took on another Lincoln County team last week down in Vale, NC.  The West Lincoln Rebels gave the Red Devils a run for their money, literally.  The Red Devil defense had all kinds of trouble trying to contain the combination backfield of Daniel Schesny and Mack George.  The game ended up going down to the late minutes of the fourth quarter where the defense of Newton finally made a much needed stop to escape with the victory.  This week the defense may not have the chance to save the game if they don’t focus more on tackling.  They will have their hands full with one of the areas premier athletes QB Chazz Surratt.  Surratt always seems to take these big games as a challenge to showcase why he has all eyes on him every snap.  The Mustangs are very tough to beat at home with the crowd behind them.  Last week, they jumped out quick on Bunker Hill with a 42-0 lead at halftime, which ended in a 56-0 final.  A lot on the line for both these undefeated teams and are definitely looking to continue their seasons come playoff time. This one will go good for bragging rights and that number one spot in the conference.

#1 CREST CHARGERS @ East Burke Cavaliers

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The Crest Chargers continue to be number one and notably so still undefeated on the season with a high powered offense and shutdown defense. What more can you hope for as a head coach from your team.  The Chargers beat rival Kings Mountain last week 35-7 despite some untimely penalties and some long drives given up to the Mountaineers.   The Chargers offense didn’t have to do much, so no need for the penalties.  The Charger defense has been playing very well all year, giving up ONLY 39 points in SEVEN games! This was just another notch to add to their belt with some impressive highlights.  Already leading 21-0, senior defensive end Omar Brooks returned a interception 101 yards for a touchdown pushing the score to 28-0 in the third quarter.  The Brooks return just goes to show the athleticism of the defense and the ability of Crest to score from both sides of the ball.  They will have no problems going up to East Burke and coming home with a win.  Tre Harbison, Willie Green and company will roll to victory quite easily.

#3 SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS @ #10 Burns Bulldogs

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Throw the records out the window! This will be a great matchup between the Burns Bulldogs and Shelby Golden Lions.  Despite the rough start for the Bulldogs they have been playing some good football here lately impacted heavily by the defense.  They will need to come out at home and have an almost perfect game on offense just to assure that they put some points on the board because a low scoring game will not hold up against RJ George and Golden Lions.  The Golden Lions are a slow starting and strong finishing team, so if the Bulldogs can come out and get something going early they may be able to keep the game competitive.   I say that only depending on which team shows up for Shelby.  If it’s the same team that took the field last week against East Rutherford look out for the running clock to take place in the 2nd half.  The Lions played their best four quarters of the year beating East Rutherford 64-10 with some great play from RJ George (13-18, 350 yards, 5 TD’s).  Burns has had Shelby’s number over the Matt Beam era but this year is a different team on the Burns Bulldogs sideline with different leadership.     Don’t expect the Dogs to rollover and don’t expect the Lions to leave Lawndale on the losing end.



North Lincoln @ MOORESVILLE

Pine Lake Prep @ Bessemer City

Bunker Hill @ LINCOLNTON

ASHBROOK @ East Gaston

WEST LINCOLN @ West Caldwell

Stuart Cramer @ NORTH GASTON

Lake Norman Charter @ HUNTER HUSS

ONLY 2 Remain Perfect!

By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 45-18 / Last Week 9-2)

By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 45-18 / Last Week 9-2)

What’s Up in Prep Football

Unlike my weekly picks there are two teams in the area that still remain perfect on the season; the Crest Chargers and East Lincoln Mustangs.  These two teams are opposite of one another Crest being a team that relies more on their big play hard hitting defense.  Then there’s East Lincoln that looks to the offense to set the tone game-in and game-out; lead by one of the areas most productive offensive threats Mr. Chazz Surratt.  Teams are at the mid-season point and conference games and standings are becoming more and more important. Good luck to all and let’s enjoy some football and great weather because the high heat game-time temperatures are behind us. For those of you who are active social media buffs. feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses!  Below, you will find my predictions for this week’s games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!


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Lincoln County fans you are in for a treat this week when the Wolves and Mustangs square off for the top spot in the SD-7 conference.  East Lincoln comes into the game with a perfect 5-0 record 1-0 in conference play.  The Wolves are coming out of a bye week with a 4-1 record and they are also 1-0 in conference play.  This game is set up for a packed house up at East Lincoln High School.  Chazz Surratt last week was recognized for his achievement of scoring over 100 touchdowns in his high school career while throwing for a Lincoln County record over 300 yards passing versus Bandys.  The Wolves aren’t a team to be taking lightly and neither is the abilities of one Chazz Surratt. Look in the sky for the symbol when the “Surratt Attack” strikes in Denver.

ASHBROOK GREENWAVE @ North Gaston Wildcats

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In the Big South 2A/3A conference the fight for the number one spot remains a tight race.  The conference is struggling this year with only one team over the .500 mark, that being Forestview with a 3-2 overall record.  Behind them there’s a pack of teams at 2-3 trying to better their records this week.  Two of those teams striving to improve their standing and get too .500 on the season will be squaring off Friday when the Greenwave travel to take on the Wildcats.  Ashbrook, with a win last week in a conference that’s struggling, has the edge in this matchup against a North Gaston team that took a tough loss last week.

BURNS BULLDOGS @ East Rutherford Cavaliers

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The Burns Bulldogs may have turned the corner and found something to build on after recording another win as they continue on their way through the rebuilding process of a very good program.  They beat East Burke last week to move up in the conference standings with a 2-1 record.  If there’s one time as a coach that you want to feel like your team if finally getting on track its definitely during conference play.  This week the Bulldogs will be tested on the road when they go up to Rutherford County and take on the East Rutherford Cavaliers.  The Bulldogs still have some wrinkles on offense to iron out but the defense is playing very well right now despite the pressure put on the players sharing duties on both sides of the ball.  Momentum is rolling in Lawndale and it will carry on to East Rutherford when they take on the Cavaliers.

SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS @ East Burke Cavaliers

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The Golden Lions last week were tested at home when they took on the then undefeated Kings Mountain Mountaineers.  The Lions offense still struggles to come out the pile clicking but they always seem to get on course as the game progresses.  They will have a chance to work on the early game jitters against the East Burke Cavaliers who went down last week in Lawndale to the Burns Bulldogs.  After handing Kings Mountain their first loss, which happened to come in conference play, the Golden Lions have placed themselves ahead of the SMAC conference with a 3-0 record with Crest right behind them at 2-0.  This will be a big game for the visiting Golden Lions to get in sync and eliminate some of their early offensive blunders.

CREST CHARGERS @ Chase Trojans

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Its hard to breakdown the Chargers versus any opponent thus far because there aren’t too many teams that can matchup with their powerful and fluent offensive and defensive attacks.  They will be on the road this week to take on the Chase Trojans who are having all sorts of problems this year.  The Trojans are fighting for last place in the SMAC alongside the winless Draughn Wildcats.  The starters for Crest this year haven’t had too much to do on Friday nights since the game is normally out of control in blowout fashion by halftime.  This game will be no different from the rest as they take on a far inferior opponent, so look for Barnes to call the dogs off early in another decisive win.


KINGS MOUNTAIN @ Draughn / Alexander Central @ NORTH LINCOLN

FORESTVIEW @ Stuart Cramer  /  Bunker Hill @ WEST LINCOLN

LAKE NORMAN CHARTER @ East Gaston  /  Hunter Huss @ SOUTH POINT

Highland Tech @ THOMAS JEFFERSON  /   OPEN:  Bessemer City

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