What’s Up Prep Football?
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