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Jeff's Week 4 Picks for Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Counties

Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Week 4 Picks

Forestview 28 – East Lincoln 21
South Point 24 – Clover 21
Ashbrook 35 – Garinger 0
Lincolnton 56 – East Gaston 14
Hunter Huss 49 – Hickory 14
Bessemer City 16 – Stuart Cramer 10
North Gaston 28 – Cherryville 12
Kings Mountain 35 – East Rutherford 13
Burns 24 – Chase 7
Crest 37 – Jimmy Draughn 7
Shelby 45 – R-S Central 7
Thomas Jefferson 51 – Christ the King 6
Fred T. Foard 28 – West Lincoln 13
Lake Norman Charter 48 – Highland Tech 0
Some Key Notes and Summaries
Game of the Week: Forestview travels to take on East Lincoln in a game that should be a defensive battle. The Mustangs have shut out their last two opponents and held their first one to 13 points. It’s worth noting that all of East Lincoln’s opponents have a combined record of 0-9. Forestview has played stiffer competition as they have faced Providence Day, Clover and Kings Mountain. Forestview lost 19-13 to Clover, but beat Providence Day 27-6 and shut out Kings Mountain 28-0. Those teams have a combined record of 5-3.
Getting Back On Track: After a one-point overtime loss to Lincolnton and suffering their first shutout loss since 1998 against Shelby, the South Point Red Raiders are looking to get back on track before the bye week and before conference play. South Point faces another tough task as they travel south of the NC/SC border to face an undefeated Clover squad. The Blue Eagles defense has not surrendered any more than 13 points in both of their wins. This could be another defensive struggle. South Point does not want another 1-3 start on the year. Should they lose to Clover however, it is not the end of their season.
If You Love Defense, You Might Want To Watch This Game: Stuart Cramer will travel to the other side of the county to take on Bessemer City. Both defenses have been very impressive to start the year off. The Storm have allowed only 19 points on the year. The Yellow Jackets have allowed 27 points total. They allowed 20 points in their season opening win against East Gaston before pitching a shutout in their 16-0 win over conference foe, Mountain Island Charter, and narrowly losing to Chase 7-0. The Storm opened up with a 20-6 win over Cherryville, before dropping a tough one to R-S Central 6-0. Cramer’s offense broke through last week with 35 points in a 35-7 win over West Iredell. Don’t look for much offense in this game, though.
The Battle of the 0’fers: 0-3 North Gaston hosts 0-3 Cherryville. 0-2 Ashbrook hosts 0-3 Garinger. 0-3 Hunter Huss travels to 0-3 Hickory. Needless to say, there will be three teams getting their first win of the season. Ashbrook plays host to a Garinger team that has not won a game since 2011. The Wildcats have been outscored 130-29 this year. Ashbrook held their last opponent (Crest) to only 14 points in their loss. Look for the Green Wave to win this one big. Hunter Huss has lost by a combined nine points in all three of their contests. Hickory, on the other hand, has not lost a game by any less than 20 points this year. The Red Tornadoes were blown out by Newton-Conover 57-13 last Friday. North Gaston and Cherryville could actually be more competitive than the other games listed. Cherryville has struggled to put points on the board this year. The Ironmen have only scored 12 points total on the year. Meanwhile North Gaston has had two games in which they have surrendered 50+ points.

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