Gaston and Lincoln Week 5 Pigskin Picks
Game of the Week: North Gaston(3-0) @ Charlotte Catholic(2-2)
This game has been on the minds of many area football fans since this game was scheduled back in February. The Wildcats are off to another quick start to the 2007 season. Catholic, however, has had to sweat out wins to start the season and just dropped their last two games. But one has to look at the opponents that each team has played. The Wildcats are winners over Alexander Central(1-3), Bessemer City(2-2) and Lincolnton(1-3). Catholic has had to play South Mecklenburg(2-1), Myers Park(2-2), Charlotte County Day(3-0) and Charlotte Latin(3-0).
This match-up will prove to be a major test for both teams and will serve as a measuring stick as to how they should fare when they start their respective conferences the following week. The Wildcats average 47 points a game on offense and have allowed a total of 39 points in three games. Nevertheless, many still decry that their defense is untested at this time. Now doubt, the Cougars will provide them a test both offensively and defensively.
My pick: North Gaston 45 – Charlotte Catholic 42
Charlotte Christian(4-0) @ East Lincoln(3-1)
This could also have the makings for game of the week. Both teams have been on a roll. The Knights are undefeated so far this season while the Mustangs only have one loss. East Lincoln has not only been winning, but winning big ever since their season-opening loss to Newton-Conover. On the other hand, Charlotte Christian has only one game where they won by single-digits. That win came against powerhouse Asheville. Look for a real slobber-knocker in this one.
My pick: East Lincoln 31 – Charlotte Christian 30
Olympic(1-3) @ Ashbrook(1-3)
Ashbrook’s rigorous nonconference schedule has already started paying dividends this past Friday as they upended Burns 35-28. The Green Wave is looking to build on that momentum as they host Charlotte Olympic. Olympic, on the other hand, is trying to find momentum. After starting the season with a 34-20 win over Providence, the Trojans lost three straight games. Two of them were blowouts.
Based on the circumstances of these past few weeks, the odds are in the Green Wave’s favor. On the other hand, anyone who has followed high school football for a long time knows to expect the unexpected.
My pick: Ashbrook 42 – Olympic 14
Burns(1-2) @ South Point(3-0)
The South Point Red Raiders are on a roll this year. After a disastrous 2006 season filled with forfeitures to open the season and blowout losses to close the season, there appears to be no such problem for the Red Raiders this year. South Point, like conference foe North Gaston, has a powerful offense that can put numbers up anytime. The Raiders average 42 points a game on offense and have allowed only 39 points. South Point found themselves in a game last week against Alexander Central. The score was 17-14 at half and 31-21 at the end of the third quarter. South Point did pull away in the fourth quarter with 17 unanswered points.
Burns has looked shaky at times, this year. They lost 12-9 in overtime to arch-rival Crest, but came back next week to beat East Gaston 24-6. They came back down to Earth last week against the Ashbrook. The Green Wave led 35-14 before Burns rallied with two touchdown scores only to fall short.
The past two games between the two have been really close, but South Point is on the upswing from the past two seasons while Burns is doing without the services of QB Lance Camp and many others who have graduated last year.
Look for the Raider’s Wishbone Offense to roll in this one.
My pick: South Point 38 – Burns 14
E.E. Waddell(0-3) @ Forestview(2-1)
The Jaguars rebounded well from their 34-0 loss to Clover with a 30-15 victory over Kings Mountain. The Jaguars are back home with Charlotte Waddell knocking at the door. The Raiders are yet to get their first win of the season. The Jaguars hope that they do not become Waddell’s first victim of the season. After being held to only six points the first two weeks, the Raiders scored 13 points against the Huskies and appeared to make a game of it until Huss pulled away in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars had a fourth quarter let-down against Kings Mountain after scoring 30 unanswered points. The Jaguars cannot afford to have that kind of let down against a hungry Waddell team, who just added more players to their extremely thin roster.
My pick: Forestview 28 – Waddell 13
Hunter Huss(1-2) @ R-S Central(3-1)
The Huskies run into another dangerous foe this week. The Hilltoppers have amassed around 50 points in three of their match-ups, but they have also given up an average of 28 points. Take out their 51-16 win over Bessemer City, then they allow 33 points a game. The Huskies have allowed 42 points in two out of three of their match-ups. Hunter Huss will have to exploit that Hilltopper defense and keep their explosive offense off the field if they are to have a chance at winning this game.
The Huskies scored 25 points in both of their losses and scored 31 in their win over Waddell. This game will rest mainly on Huss’s offense.
My pick: R-S Central 48 – Hunter Huss 34
Hopewell(3-0) @ East Gaston(0-3)
Things went from bad to worse for East Gaston last week against East Lincoln. Four starters quit the team during the second quarter and one other starter will be out for the remainder of the season with an injury. The Titans are not the team that the Warriors would want to face when coming through that type of adversity. None of Hopewell’s three victories are close. The new faces at East Gaston will have to step up in a hurry in order to guarantee East Gaston any kind of success.
My pick: Hopewell 42 – East Gaston 14
Lincolnton(1-3) @ Shelby(2-1)
The Wolves’ brutal nonconference schedule continues as they travel to meet the Shelby Golden Lions. Shelby is coming off their first loss since the 2005 regular season finale. That usually is the worst time to catch Shelby. The Golden Lions have not had a great year offensively. They have only mustered up 35 points so far. Their defense has stayed strong however, and only allowed only 31 points. Lincolnton is trying to recover from three straight losses. The Wolves were competitive in their losses to South Point and Maiden, but could not handle North Gaston as the Wildcats won 47-20 and were up 44-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Can the Wolves break-out in this one or will the Golden Lions pose too much of a challenge?
My pick: Shelby 20 – Lincolnton 14
North Wilkes(0-3) @ West Lincoln(0-4)
West Lincoln has come very close to getting a win in their last three games. In these last three games West has come less than 10 points of getting a win. With winless North Wilkes coming to town, this will be a perfect opportunity for the Rebels before heading into the competitive SP2A/1A conference.
My pick: West Lincoln 34 – North Wilkes 20
North Lincoln(3-1) @ Forbush(0-4)
This one looks like a no-brainer. The winless Falcons play host to a North Lincoln team clicking on all cylinders. The Knights should roll in this one.
My pick: North Lincoln 35 – Forbush 7
Mount Zion(3-1) @ McDowell(0-4)
Don’t let the records deceive you. The McDowell Titans may be winless but Mount Zion got a real dose of what it’s like to compete against tougher teams when they got hammered 44-0 by North Lincoln last Friday. Prior to that, the Bulldogs played new schools Marvin Ridge and Derita Christian and a 2-2 Carolina Pride team. Rebounding against the Titans will not be an easy task.
My pick: McDowell 42 – Mount Zion 20