Posted: November 01, 2007
Gaston and Lincoln Week 12 Picks
Game of the Week: Lincolnton (6-4)(5-0) @ North Lincoln (8-2)(4-1)
Lincolnton has won a share of the conference title with a 45-14 whipping of Cherryville, but the Wolves would like to win it outright. Standing in their way are the Knights of North Lincoln. The Knights only have one conference loss and can share the conference title if they defeat Lincolnton. This would be the first conference title the Knights have won in their short history if they were to win. However, Lincolnton is not known for sharing, esp. when it comes to conference titles.
My pick: Lincolnton 34 – North Lincoln 31
Crest (7-3)(3-2) @ South Point (9-1)(5-0)
The Red Raiders just clinched a share of the Big South Conference title with a 38-35 win over North Gaston last Monday. In order to maintain sole possession, the Raiders must beat the Chargers of Crest. The Chargers have had a rough season losing three out of four games during the middle of the season, but have rebounded well the past two weeks. The Chargers usually reach their peak this time of year. The two advantages that Crest has in this match-up is that they have not lost a game on the road this year and they get to catch the Red Raiders on a short week. Usually when you come against a great team like South Point, none of that stuff plays a big roll. The Red Raiders offense has been very hard to stop this year and will give Crest some fits. If South Point loses this game, they will share their conference title with North Gaston. Crest could finish third and could get the conference’s #1 4A spot depending on if Ashbrook loses to Huss.
My pick: South Point 35 – Crest 28
Ashbrook (5-5)(3-2) @ Hunter Huss (5-5)(2-3)
Hunter Huss just redeemed their playoff hopes in a come-from-behind win at Forestview 55-52 after trailing 42-20. However, can they keep momentum going against a well-rested Ashbrook squad. Not only did Ashbrook have a week off last Friday, but Hunter Huss has had a short week due to their game with Forestview being moved to Monday. The Huskies will need to really buckle down on defense and not turn the ball over on offense, must less allow 50+ points. The Green Wave is not a team that one can easily come back from behind on.
The Green Wave is looking to preserve the conference’s #1 4A spot for the playoffs and Hunter Huss is basically playing for pride. A win over the Green Wave and winning the Battle of the Bell would help the Huskies put the rocky season behind them.
My pick: Ashbrook 42 – Hunter Huss 28
Forestview (3-7)(0-5) @ East Gaston (0-10)(0-5)
This is the battle for last place overall in the Big South Conference. Forestview blew a shot for a playoff spot last week as they allowed the Huskies of Hunter Huss to come back and win 55-52 after holding a large 42-20 lead to start the second half. A win over East Gaston does not guarantee redemption for a playoff spot, but if the Jaguars were to miss the playoffs they would do what no other Forestview team has done in the past and that’s to officially close out their season with a win. East Gaston will close out one of its roughest seasons in school history decimated by graduation, coaches from last years team leaving for other schools, players leaving the team and injuries out the wazoo. A win would be bittersweet for the Warriors to close out the season.
My pick: Forestview 66 – East Gaston 59
East Lincoln (6-4)(3-2) @ South Iredell (5-5)(3-2)
South Iredell lost an opportunity to win a share of the SP2A/1A conference title as they were upended by Bessemer City 20-14 in overtime. However, they can finish second with a win over East Lincoln and a Lincolnton defeat of North Lincoln. If they lose to the Mustangs and Bessemer City beats Cherryville, they could end up in fifth place. The Mustangs would get third place at best if they win, but fourth place if they lose. Look for another shootout between the Mustangs and the Vikings.
My pick: East Lincoln 24 – South Iredell 21
Bessemer City (4-6)(2-3) @ Cherryville (5-5)(1-4)
Cherryville has hit a slump ever since starting the season 5-1. They have lost four straight and are 1-4 in conference play. The Yellow Jackets of Bessemer City, on the other hand, have been improving every week. This could be the same old Bessemer City/Cherryville game that local fans have been used to for the past six years.
My pick: Bessemer City 35 – Cherryville 21