Gaston and Lincoln Week 10 Picks
Game of the Week: Charlotte Latin (8-0) @ South Point (8-0)(4-0)
When you are still undefeated this point in the season, you no longer have the markings of a good team. You are considered an elite team. In fact, two elite teams are scheduled to square off in Belmont as the South Point Red Raiders host the Hawks of Charlotte Latin for Homecoming Night. The Red Raiders will go up against one of the states top college prospects in Latin QB Braden Hanson, who has committed to the University of North Carolina. Latin is coming off a 77-0 victory over Carrboro but make no mistake, South Point is no Carrboro. The Red Raiders Red-bone offense will give the Hawks’ defense fits.
Latin will have to pick their poison between stopping FB Aaron Crumbley, the WBs Chris Lane, Jesse McGaha and Josh Justice or the QB Desmond Lowery. However, the Red Raiders will have to contend with Hanson’s air assault. This game looks to be a real shoot-out. This game may not necessarily come down to just who makes the most good plays, but who makes the fewest bad plays.
My pick: South Point 31 – Charlotte Latin 28
Forestview (3-5)(0-3) @ Ashbrook (4-5)(2-2)
The Jaguars offense improved last week amassing 264 yards net in their 35-16 loss to South Point. The Jaguars must keep from turning the ball over on critical drives. The Green Wave breezed through East Gaston with a 49-7 trumping of the Warriors.
This is another one to watch for the local fans. Ashbrook has racked up two conference wins so far and Forestview is still searching for their first. When these two cross-town rivals hook-up, it could make for some hardnosed smashmouth football.
The Green Wave has a very balanced offense. RB Ryan Gordan and Ocie McElhaney have been a powerful one-two punch for the Green Wave with FB Jordan Toomer providing some power-running. Jheranie Boyd is the Green Wave’s #1 threat downfield at WR. Forestview’s Jarkeevous Alexander has been the main work-horse at RB. Keon Williams and Darion Hancock have also contributed in the back-field.
This game is another toss-up.
My pick: Ashbrook 28 – Forestview 21
Crest (5-3)(1-2) @ Hunter Huss (4-4)(1-2)
The Crest Chargers started the season 5-0 but fell in their last three out of four games. Their offense has gotten into the rhythm only twice this year (once in a 46-18 victory over Kings Mountain and the other in a 35-0 shutout of Forestview). Crest has been outscored 47-10 the past two weeks and has pretty much lost all hopes of snagging the Big South 4A/3A conference title.
Hunter Huss has also struggled this year. The Huskies have been blown out twice this year and have allowed an average of 34 points a game defensively. That could prove to be good news for the Chargers. However, Huss’s offense has not been too shabby lately. The Chargers will have to keep young QB Marshall Williams and four-year RB Darius Antrum in check otherwise it could be a long night for Crest. The Huskies have beaten Crest the past two years and this could be the Chargers best chance to snap that streak.
My pick: Crest 28 – Hunter Huss 24
North Gaston (7-1)(4-0) @ East Gaston (0-8)(0-3)
This could be a blowout win for North Gaston or it could be a trap game to catch North Gaston looking ahead to their regular season finale against South Point. The best hope that the Warriors have to win this game is if the Wildcats are looking ahead. That is very unlikely since the Wildcats have not beaten the Warriors since 2000 and they sure don’t want to pass this opportunity up. The Warriors have progressed some on their offense, but it will be more than a chore to stop A.J. Blue and Princeton Brooks and gang for the defense.
The only question remains, how many yards and/or touchdowns will Blue and Brooks get in this game.
My pick: North Gaston 48 – East Gaston 12
West Lincoln (1-8)(0-4) @ East Lincoln (5-4)(2-2)
The Rebels are mainly just playing for pride at this time. With two more games left and one win, the Rebels are more than likely finished for the season. The Mustangs, however, will not be interested in showing sympathy. The Mustangs have been clicking in the last two games. On the other hand with the playoffs out of the picture for the Rebels, there will be very little to no pressure for West Lincoln on this night. The Mustangs already have the minimum requirements to make the playoffs but a win against their county rival will seal the deal.
My pick: East Lincoln 38 – West Lincoln 14
Bessemer City (3-5)(1-3) @ Lincolnton (4-4)(3-0)
The Yellow Jackets have three more chances to punch in their playoff ticket. They may not accomplish that feat as they visit Lincolnton for their Homecoming. RB Cedric Herndon has recently returned to action for the Wolves after battling an injury and will make the Wolves offense more formidable with RB/WR C.J. Wilson and TE Demery Brewer in the line-up.
My pick: Lincolnton 35 – Bessemer City 14
Cherryville (5-3)(2-1) @ North Lincoln (6-2)(2-1)
The Ironmen are desperately looking to get back on track after a rough two weeks. Turnovers plagued the Ironmen in their 41-20 loss to South Iredell last week. Whether the Ironmen win or lose, they are still in the playoffs but if they are to earn a higher berth in the playoffs this game has all the importance of a playoff bid.
The Knights, prior to their bye week suffered their second loss of the season and their first loss of the conference as they fell to South Iredell 26-18. Look for the Knights to rebound from that loss.
My pick: North Lincoln 24 – Cherryville 14