ANTHONY’S WEEK 7 TOP TO BOTTOM FOR GASTON COUNTY
1. South Point continues to prove that they are the team to beat in the Big South 2A/3A Conference. The Red Raiders improved to 6-0, 1-0 after their conference opener against East Gaston last week. South Point won their 31st consecutive regular season game last Friday but they are beginning to show some weaknesses in the areas of ball security and penalties at crucial points in the game. Those are some things they will have to fix if they expect to keep this steak alive and make a deep run in the playoffs.
2. Forestview (4-1,1-0) issued a rude welcome last week to the newcomers of the Big South Conference, Lake Norman Charter. I’m sure the players and fans have October 18 circled on the calendars as South Point looms three weeks down the road. I’m equally sure that the coaches will be trying to keep them focused on this week’s game against Bessemer City and the following week against North Gaston.
3. Ashbrook (3-2) finished the non-conference portion of their schedule last Friday with an impressive sin over Cuthbertson. The Green Wave will play their first Big South 2A/3A game this week against the North Gaston Wildcat, arguably the most improved team in the conference and maybe the county. Things are getting interesting.
4. North Gaston (5-0, 1-0) stand alone in fourth place after their win oven Hunter Huss last week. I think those cats are starting to believe in themselves.
5. Hunter Huss fell to 1-4, 0-1 after their loss to the Wildcats last week but the season is far from over. If the Huskies can put a few wins together the last half of the season they could still make the playoffs in the 2A brackets.
6. Bessemer City ( 2-3) after a BYE week the Yellow Jackets have a another tough contest this Friday in the Forestview Jaguars. The schedule mellows out for the Yellow Jackets after this week when they begin Southern Conference play. An October 25th date with Thomas Jefferson will most likely decide the conference championship.
7. Cherryville (1-5) took in on the chin from Parkwood last week to the tune of 53-3. The Ironmen have a BYE this week before entering conference play on the following week. They are going to have to find some offense if they expect to compete in conference play.
8. East Gaston 0-6 is still facing the reality of a team that has been devastated by injuries. The possibility of a couple of wins can still be found on the Warrior schedule.
9. Highland Tech (0-5) suffered another shut out last week. If the Rams can score again this season it will be a cause for celebration.