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Predictions for the Southern Piedmont, South Fork, Southwestern and Big South Conferences


Last week I predicted 13 out of 15 winners for an 86% average. Through the first nine weeks I’ve picked 125 of 157 winners for a 79% average.  My maximum point differential is 40 points even if I think a team will win by more than 40 (my ‘mercy rule’).  Overall records are listed first and conference records are listed second.



Bessemer City and Thomas Jefferson Academy will clash this week for outright first place in the conference.  Mountain Island Charter who is still not out of the running for a share of the title will host Pine Lake Prep. Elsewhere the winner of  the Community School of Davidson/Union Academy game will still be in the hunt as a long shot.  Finally the Highland Tech/Cherryville game has two teams that are still looking for their first conference win.

Community School of Davidson (2-5, 2-2) at Union Academy (5-3, 2-2): Union Academy by 23.

Highland Tech (2-6, 0-4) at Cherryville (2-6, 0-4): Cherryville by 9.

Pine Lake Prep (3-5, 1-3) at Mountain Island Charter (6-2, 3-1): MIC by 28.

Thomas Jefferson (8-0, 4-0) at Bessemer City (8-0, 4-0): Bessemer City by 2.



The “BIG” game in South Fork Conference this week has Maiden knocking heads with East Lincoln because the loser will fall out of a tie with Newton-Conover for the top spot in the conference.  It looks like Lincolnton has found their groove after a great performance against West Lincoln last week and they should continue their winning ways this week.  The Bandys/West Lincoln looks like a game should be competitive, close contest this week. 

East Lincoln (5-3, 4-0) at Maiden (8-0, 4-0): Maiden by 10.

Lake Norman Charter (3-5, 0-4) at Lincolnton (3-5, 2-2): Lincolnton by 21.

North Lincoln (2-6, 1-3) at Newton-Conover (7-1, 4-0): Newton-Conover by 24.

West Lincoln (3-5, 1-3) at Bandys (2-6, 0-4): West Lincoln by 7.



Shelby and South Point continued to roll through the conference slate last week and should do the same this week as they await their head to head season finale.  East Gaston and East Rutherford are knotted up in the third spot and Chase and R-S Central are still looking for their first conference win.

Chase (1-7, 0-2) at East Rutherford (5-3, 1-1): East Rutherford by 32.

Shelby (7-1, 2-0) at East Gaston (2-6, 1-1): Shelby by 40.

South Point (8-0, 2-0) at R-S Central (3-5, 0-2): South Point by 40.



Kings Mountain is the lone leader of the Big South after Crest stumbled against Hunter Huss last week and the Mounties should hold on to that spot for this week. Hunter Huss sits alone at the number two spot by virtue of last week’s win over Crest who went from a first place tie to third place in the standings. The most competitive game in the Big South this week looks to be the contest between Ashbrook and Stuart Cramer.  I expect the Storm to give the Greenwave a battle but the Greenies should come out on top.

Ashbrook (3-5, 2-2) at Stuart Cramer (5-3, 2-2): Ashbrook by 7.

Burns (1-7, 0-4) at Kings Mountain (7-1, 4-0):  Kings Mountain by 38.

Crest (5-3, 3-1) at North Gaston (2-6, 0-4): Crest by 28.

Hunter Huss (5-3, 3-1) at Forestview (3-5, 2-2): Hunter Huss by 17.

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# Daniel
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:16 PM
Bessemer City by 2...If BC wins I would agree that it won't be by a lot. But I think TJ can win by a TD. TJ has the better offense IMO and while BC's defense is better than TJ's, TJ's defense is good to really good in the run game, but just struggles some in the passing game. But BC struggles at passing, so it's pretty much whether or not BC can run against our defense and sustain drives and get TDs. Last year it was 42-8 TJ, but I think both teams are improved this season, and this game will almost certainly be closer especially since it's at BC, but if TJ doesn't turn the ball over and/or give BC short fields I think TJ has the advantage. Of note also Bessemer City had 3 fumbles last week against Pine Lake, 2 lost, if they turn the ball over against TJ, TJ could win by a couple/few scores.
# Allen
Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:18 PM
I like Bessemer city. Thomas Jefferson gave up over 40 points to Community School of Davidson jackets by 17.
# Daniel
Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:48 PM
TJ also scored 63 points. And TJ's defense is not great against the pass. CSD had 343 yards passing. On top of that, TJ lead 21-0 in the 1st quarter. That changes how you play defense. Before we scored 21 points, CSD had a 3 and out, a failed 4th down conversion, and an INT. TJ had 4 ints on the night. Even with CSD, TJ is only giving up 15 points a game, while scoring over 40 points a game. TJs offense is a good dual threat offense that can beat you on the ground or through the air. Bessemer City relies almost exclusively on their run game. TJs run defense is as good, if not better than last years was. This game will be closer than later year as I said with both teams being better and being at Bessemer, but TJ is certainly capable of beating BC by a couple scores, and there is almost no way I see BC winning by 17 if they win, unless TJ fumbled the ball as much as BC did last week against Pine Lake Prep.
# Anthony
Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:34 PM
@ Daniel and Allen
I think I would agree with you on most of the points you make especially the point about turnovers. I think we would all agree that if you turn the ball over it diminishes your chances of winning especially if you give the opponents a short field. You mentioned that BC's defense is better than TJ's. I agree, they are (10 points per game allowed), and they have faced a little tougher path to their 8-0 record than the Gryphons and that is why I picked them to win. BC also held a high scoring North Lincoln team to only 27 points. But hey, it's high school football, both teams appear to be pretty even and anything can happen on Friday nights.

Good luck to you and which ever team you pull for. :)

# Allen
Friday, October 20, 2017 12:09 PM
Yes North Lincoln has been held to only by single digit points once and that was to maiden.
# Daniel
Friday, October 20, 2017 9:42 PM
Final: 26-14 TJ

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