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By: Anthony Perkins

We went seven for seven last week on picks but missed a couple on the point spread which is more difficult the first few weeks of the season. Let’s see how close we’ll be for week three.

Ashbrook at Asheville
Ashbrook is still looking for their first win after an 0-2 start to arguably the two best teams in the South Mountain Conference (Burns and Crest). Even though this is a tough road game for the Green Wave, I expect Ashbrook to pull out a victory, albeit a close one. Ashbrook by 7.

East Gaston open

Forestview at Kings Mountain
The Jaguars (1-1) will travel to Kings Mountain to face the Mountaineers of the South Mountain Conference. Forestview has too many weapons for the rebuilding Mounties. Forestview by 21.

Hunter Huss at Bessemer City
The Huskies are another Big South team looking for their first win of the 2013 season. Huss should cruise to their first victory especially with Kerrion Moore back in the lineup this week. Huss by 20.

Pine Lake Prep at Lake Norman Charter
The 2-0 Knights will be back at home this week against Pine Lake Prep. After two close wins the Knights should be able to keep their record unblemished for another week but this light schedule may come back to haunt them come conference time. LNC by 13.

Lincolnton at North Gaston
North Gaston will be looking to go 3-0 for the first time since the days of A.J. Blue who is now one of the primary weapons for UNC. Their competition this week will be the Lincolnton Wolves that are still stinging from a 49-0 loss to South Point. This has the earmarks of another close game and if the Wildcats can protect the ball as well as they have thus far, I look for another nail-biting win. NG by 3.

Shelby at South Point
The Red Raiders will be at Lineberger Stadium for this year’s home opener to renew a long-standing rivalry with the Golden Lions of Shelby that has been on hold since 1996. As far as the rivalry goes, it has been so long since these two teams faced each other that the current players may (and I emphasize ‘may”) not have an appreciation for the previous battles that these two programs have waged against each other. Shelby has scoring weapons in the rushing and passing departments and that will be a plus when they tee it up on Friday night. However, their defense has allowed 63 points in their first two games and South Point has put 84 points on the board in their first two games while only allowing 16. Shelby holds a 20-12 series lead but I look for the Red Raiders to trim that margin by one this week. South Point by 21.

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