Gaston and Lincoln Week 9 Pigskin Picks
Game of the Week: North Gaston (6-1)(3-0) @ Crest (5-2)(1-1)
The Wildcats have not had much luck against the Chargers these past couple of years. The Wildcats lost 34-7 to Crest on the field, but later won by forfeit in 2005. They lost 51-27 to the Chargers last year as well. The Wildcats are hoping this year will be an exception. However, the Chargers are looking to keep from losing three home games in a row. This is another key Big South match-up. If the Chargers lose this, they are likely to be out of the hunt for the Big South title. A win revives their chances of winning their second straight after not winning it in 2005 and having to give up all their wins that year, as well.
A win will definitely give the Wildcats a good shot at finishing with the title with only South Point standing in their way.
My pick: Crest 28 – North Gaston 24
East Gaston (0-7)(0-2) @ Ashbrook (3-5)(1-2)
The winless Warriors continue to experience growing pains. Last week, the Warriors started 8 sophomores and 1 freshman. This looks to be another typical game for this young East Gaston squad. The Green Wave is coming off a two-game losing streak and should rebound for their fourth win of the season and give them the minimum requirements to get into the playoffs. It’s very unlikely East Gaston will make it this year after finishing 11-3 last year.
My pick: Ashbrook 42 – East Gaston 7
South Point (7-0)(3-0) @ Forestview (3-4)(0-2)
The Red Raiders got past their biggest test up-to-date as they beat Ashbrook 35-21 in a key Big South match-up. It’s not looking good for Forestview. They did score 14 points last week after being shut-out by Crest and only scoring 7 against Burns, but they will need more than that to counter the powerful Red-bone offense that South Point brings. This may not be as close as last year’s 35-21 match-up. However, this is a rivalry game. Anything can happen on any given night in these kinds of games.
My pick: South Point 42 – Forestview 21
Harding (4-3)(2-1) @ Hunter Huss (3-4)(1-2)
Hunter Huss takes a break from Big South Conference play and hosts the Rams of Harding. Last year, the Rams upset the Huskies 31-27. The Huskies look to avenge last year’s loss to the Rams on Homecoming night. This could be another shootout between the two teams.
My pick: Hunter Huss 27 – Harding 20
East Lincoln (4-4)(1-2) @ Bessemer City (3-4)(1-1)
The Mustangs showed last week that they are not to be forgotten about. And how they did! They laid it on Cherryville 60-17. The Yellow Jackets, who are trying to return to the postseason for the first time since 2004, will be hard-pressed to keep their playoff hopes alive.
My pick: East Lincoln 42 – Bessemer City 14
South Iredell (4-4)(2-1) @ Cherryville (5-2)(1-1)
Can Cherryville rebound from a devastating upset by East Lincoln 60-17? Can South Iredell keep their winning streak going and post another upset? Cherryville should rebound from their loss to the Mustangs last week, but South Iredell has been playing pretty good football, lately.
My pick: Cherryville 28 – South Iredell 14
Lincolnton (3-4)(2-0) @ West Lincoln (1-7)(0-3)
The Rebels got their first win over rival Lincolnton last year with a 21-12 victory over the Wolves. However, the Rebels have really hit some hard times and the Wolves are undefeated in conference play. This may go back to being the same old Rebels/Wolves game that area fans are used to watching.
My pick: Lincolnton 42 – West Lincoln 14
Mount Zion (4-4) @ Kennedy Charter (2-5)
Mount Zion should win this one.
My pick: Mount Zion 27 – Kennedy Charter 14
Harrells Christian (5-1) @ Highland Tech (2-3)
Should be another good game for the Independent School league.
My pick: Harrells Christian 24 – Highland Tech 21