Gaston and Lincoln Week 7 Pigskin Picks
Game of the Week: North Gaston (4-1)(1-0) @ Ashbrook (3-3)(1-0)
At this point in the season, who wouldn’t want to see a match-up like this? Both offenses have been explosive so far this season. RB Princeton Brooks is coming off a career week. The speedster scored all 7 touchdowns in the Wildcats 49-12 rout of Hunter Huss. The Green Wave has a plethora of playmakers on offense. RBs Ryan Gordan and Ocie McElhaney have been Ashbrook’s 1-2 punch. WR speedster Jheranie Boyd has kept opponents on their heals. Ever since starting the season 0-3, the Green Wave has scored an average of 33 points a game including a 35-17 shocking of pre-season conference favorite, Crest, just last week.
Both teams are riding on momentum. This game could go into overtime.
My pick: North Gaston 35 – Ashbrook 32
Crest (4-1)(0-1) @ Forestview (3-2)(0-0)
This is not how Crest wanted to start conference play. The Chargers literally saw a repeat of 2005 when they dropped their conference opener to Ashbrook 13-12. This time, the Chargers were not even in the game as they were throttled by Ashbrook 35-17. Forestview has had their struggles as well. The Jaguars have only scored 20 points in their previous two match-ups. In order to have a shot against Crest, they will need to find more consistency on offense. The offense went deep in Burns territory four times in the first half but came away with only seven points. The Jaguars defense has been stout since their 34-0 loss to Clover, but defense can only do so much. If history is any indication, Forestview does not want to catch Crest coming off a defeat.
My pick: Crest 28 – Forestview 14
South Point (5-0)(1-0) @ Hunter Huss (2-3)(0-1)
South Point is back and Hunter Huss is back down. The Red Raiders are coming off a big win as they shutout East Gaston 31-0. The Red Raiders mustered up over 500 yards of total offense. Hunter Huss is having one of their toughest seasons since 2002 when the Huskies finished 3-7. The Huskies gave up 49 points to North Gaston. South Point’s offense is just as explosive. Hunter Huss will have to keep QB Desmond Lowery and company off the field by all means. The big question is can Hunter Huss finish a drive? The Huskies had four turnovers against North Gaston and cannot afford to do so against a dangerous Red Raiders squad.
My pick: South Point 34 – Hunter Huss 14
East Gaston (0-5)(0-1) @ Kings Mountain (1-4)(0-0)
If it wasn’t for Kings Mountain’s win against Victory Christian, this would be the battle of the 0’fers. East Gaston is looking for their first win of the season and the window is closing. The Warriors play South Point tough in the first half. The score was only 14-0, but the Warriors could not gather momentum. Kings Mountain, on paper, looks like one of East Gaston’s best chances to get a win but Kings Mountain shutting out Victory Christian leaves some question marks on that. This is the Mountaineers first shut-out since 2001 when they beat R-S Central 62-0. This only means the Kings Mountain defense is getting better and their offense is starting to click.
My pick: Kings Mountain 20 – East Gaston 7
East Lincoln (3-3)(0-1) @ Lincolnton (2-4)(1-0)
This is not how East Lincoln wants to enter a game with their long-time county rival, Lincolnton. The Mustangs are coming off two straight blowout losses including a 34-7 conference opening loss to new rival North Lincoln. In two games, the Mustangs have been outscored 70-21. Adrian Forney has been a key playmaker for the Mustangs, but he can only do so much. Lincolnton is back in the winning column with a conference opening win over South Iredell.
The way things are going, both should have identical records after this match-up, but not in conference play.
My pick: Lincolnton 35 – East Lincoln 14
South Iredell (2-4)(0-1) @ West Lincoln (1-5)(0-1)
The Rebels and Vikings are hungry for their first conference victory. South Iredell started the season 2-0 but have dropped four straight. West Lincoln got their first win in a 44-0 rout of North Wilkes, but fell hard in their conference game against Cherryville. It’s getting that time of year when wins mean more in terms of playoff qualifications. The winner of this game will be one step closer while the loser will be in jeopardy.
My pick: West Lincoln 17 – South Iredell 14
Highland Tech (4-3) @ Cherryville (4-1)(1-0)
Cherryville has been a surprise team to watch this year. Ever since their playoff run, the Ironmen have caught fire. Even without their starting QB (Cameron Lovelace) in the line-up last week, the Ironmen piled up 35 points. RB Kalem Johnson accounted for all of Cherryville’s touchdowns. With Lovelace back this week, this could be a high-scoring game for Cherryville and a long night for Highland.
My pick: Cherryville 52 – Highland Tech 7
Bessemer City(2-3)(0-0) @ North Lincoln (5-1)(1-0)
The Bessemer City Yellow Jackets have already doubled their win totals of last year and have matched their win totals of the last two seasons. The Yellow Jackets, nevertheless, are looking for more. However, the North Lincoln Knights are a dangerous team and Bessemer City will need to be clicking on all cylinders in order to have a chance. The Knights are coming off a 34-7 win over East Lincoln, so that task will be a little more daunting.
My pick: North Lincoln 34 – Bessemer City 14
Jireh Prep (3-2) @ Mount Zion Christian (3-3)
This will be the first even match-up for the Bulldogs since their 12-0 victory over Carolina Pride. The past three weeks have been brutal for Mount Zion. They are coming off a 60-6 loss to Independent powerhouse, Charlotte Latin. The Bulldogs do have a shot in this one, but so do the Warriors.
My pick: Mount Zion 27 – Jireh Prep 20