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  1. Alexander Central at Hibriten This has the makings of being a very good opening week game. What are everyone's thoughts on the game and who do you think wins? COACH MATCHUP: Butch Carter is in his fourth season at Alexander Central and has a 130-89 coaching record. Sam Mackey is in his first year as head coach at Hibriten. SERIES RECORD: (Alexander Central leads 12-7) 2012: Hibriten 58-51 2011: Alexander Central 48-19 2010: Alexander Central 21-20 2009: Hibriten 48-7 2004: Hibriten 21-7 2000: Alexander Central 34-7 1999: Alexander Central 60-14 1984: Alexander Central 35-0 1983: Alexander Central 15-13 1982: Alexander Central 14-0 1981: Hibriten 19-7 1980: Alexander Central 20-0 1979: Hibriten 21-12 1978: Hibriten 21-13 1977: Hibriten 28-7 1976: Alexander Central 14-0 1975: Alexander Central 48-12 1974: Alexander Central 41-6 1973: Alexander Central 19-6
  2. Heard today that Kannapolis was planning on installing a turf field for the upcoming 2019 football season.
  3. If the last two years are any indicator, fans will be in for a treat this Friday in Elizabeth City as D.H. Conley travels up Highway 17 to take on Northeastern. It's my opinion that Northeastern is the best 2A team in Eastern NC this season, and Conley is always among the top 3A teams from the East, so this should be a good ol' fashion donnybrook. Previous Contests: 2018: Northeastern won 42-34 2017: Northeastern won 55-49 in OT COACHING MATCHUP: Antonio Moore is in his 15th season leading the Eagles, he has a 152-40 record. Nate Conner is entering his fifth season at Conley and has posted a 39-13 record.
  4. This is always a great rivalry game to start the season off with. What is everyone's thoughts on this matchup? I think South Point may be slightly favored in my opinion (but not by much), and is this a must-win game for the Chargers? You know that the Crest team, staff, and fans expect to be state championship contenders every season and they all want more than a 9-4 record. COACHING MATCHUP: Adam Hodge is in his third season at South Point and has a 21-5 record. Nick Eddins is in his third season at Crest and has a 88-24 record. SERIES RECORD: (South Point leads 23-14) 2018: Crest 28-11 2017: South Point 22-14 2016: South Point 27-12 2015: Crest 31-13 2014: Crest 35-13 and Crest 13-7 2013: South Point 35-16 2012: South Point 42-24 and South Point 46-33 2011: South Point 42-21 2010: South Point 29-27 2009: South Point 42-21 2008: South Point 35-28 2007: South Point 21-14 2006: Crest 54-20 2005: South Point 21-20 (forfeit) 2004: Crest 35-21 2003: South Point 35-7 2002: Crest 28-7 2001: Crest 42-12 1984: South Point 33-0 1983: Crest 21-6 1982: Crest 41-14 1981: Crest 17-14 1980: Crest 14-0 1979: South Point 18-0 1978: Crest 12-0 1977: South Point 35-0 1976: South Point 23-7 1975: Crest 13-8 1974: South Point 48-7 1973: South Point 33-13 and South Point 20-7 1972: South Point 15-13 1971: South Point 29-22 1970: South Point 13-8 1969: South Point 34-2
  5. This cross-town rivalry is about to heat up again as South Rowan travels to Carson for the season opener. Carson leads the series 8 games to 4 but the Cougars will have a new head coach this year (former South Rowan alum Daniel Crosby, who comes over after coaching in recent years at Central Cabarrus and Cox Mill.) I anticipate South Rowan to be a much improved team this year, but they could still be a year away from being really strong again. While I think Carson may still be a little more talented, I wouldn't be at all surprised if South was very competitive and finds a way to be in it. COACHING MATCHUP: Daniel Yow is in his fifth season leading the Raiders. (8-36) This is Daniel Crosby's first year as a head coach. SERIES RECORD: 2007: South Rowan 35-7 2008: South Rowan 15-6 2009: South Rowan 46-21 2010: Carson 53-16 2011: Carson 42-27 2012: Carson 31-25 2013: Carson 48-6 2014: Carson 36-13 2015: Carson 51-10 2016: South Rowan 19-16 2017: Carson 18-15 2018: Carson 35-7
  6. Watauga, Alexander Central and Freedom will be the top teams in the conference, but how will the rest of the conference finish this season?
  7. Well it's that time again. Football is finally here so lets get started with some conference picks. Smoky Mountain Conference 1A The SMC title is Murphy's lose. Everyone else is playing for second. I really think the SMC will be far more competitive than the last several years, and about time. 1) Murphy 2) Swain 3) Robbinsville 4) Andrews 5) Hayesville 6) Cherokee 7) Rosman Western Highlands Conference 1A/2A The prohibitive favorite is Mountain Heritage, but, they better ready for Mitchell this year. Owen and Polk can be dark horses this year if teams stumble. 1) Heritage 2) Mitchell 3) Polk 4) Owen 5) Avery 6) Madison Mountain Six 2A The MTN6 will be a slugfest this year. Smoky is making things interesting for the regular contenders, Pisgah and Franklin. Hendo will be good as will Brevard. 1) Pisgah 2) Smokey 3) Hendersonville 4) Brevard 5) Franklin 6) East Henderson The Western Mountain Conference 3A Reynolds should win the WMC this season, but Asheville better not be overlooked. West or Tuscola could slip in as high as second. 1) ACR 2) Asheville) 3) West Henderson 4) Erwin 5) Tuscola 6) TC Roberson 7)Enka 8) North Henderson 9) North Buncombe
  8. Mitchell county mountie

    Mitchell @ Erwin

    What's everyone's thoughts? Mitchell will have more experience, but Erwin is a 3aa school, they should have enough talent and depth, not to mention home field, to win right?
  9. BlueDevilsBiggestFan

    West Rowan @ Mooresville

    This is the 50th Meeting This year for the Falcons/Blue Devils (Mooresville leads the ALL time Record 27-22) For West Rowan: They return a solid core of guys back from last yr. I think their biggest hurdle this year will be the QB spot bc IDK who their QB is but Hard to replace a 4 year starter in former QB in Stolsworth . West Rowan returns some of their top Defenders from a year ago, so Can they manage the Ground attack from Mooresville? I think West Rowan has to start the game out stopping Mooresville. Also West Rowan seems to NEVER be condition Ready for Week 1 and West Rowan has always been a Mid-Season/Late Season team when they get rolling. Can they Get back to their 10-11 game winning seasons n Start off by Beating Mooresville ? For Mooresville: Mooresville Returns only 7 Guys from last year. Also Mooresville will be running under Mr. Thad Wells offense of Schemes this season as seen in the Jamboree vs MP. Mooresville will have a lot of new faces in new place but Mooresville does have their Starting QB back along with some Rbs, WRs and One of best Defense players we have this year in Malik Birchett. Can Mooresville still put us point like they did a year ago? Will the Defense still be Strong? I think this game vs West Rowan will be a good measuring stick for our season as to see what we have up our Sleeve. Mooresville will more than likely will use a tempo style offense to help keep West Rowan off the field and Mooresville has to win the battles if they want to win vs a Good West Rowan team. **Note: I was VERY VERY Impressed by Mooresville D in the Jamboree. Very Aggressive, they got many pass break ups, and we got to the QB! I was very surprised and I think If Mooresville D plays like that EVERY game, Mooresville has a Chance! Mooresville O has get GEL and Get better but Mooresville O will be Fine** Prediction: I believe Mooresville will be the Favorite to win at Home and I believe that Margin is 10-14 Pts , I Think we will see a 28-14 , 35-21 type game. but Mooresville WIN here vs WR! Your Thoughts/Opinion?
  10. This is a very interesting opening week matchup taking place in Rockingham. Clayton enters this contest very talented, but they've also had a very tumultuous off-season, one that has seen the program come under scrutiny for recruiting and grade changing allegations, and has since seen principal Bennett Jones removed, and head football coach Hunter Jenks step down. Richmond, on the other hand has had a tremendous summer, and has looked very strong in 7-on-7's, and their preseason scrimmages, and the Raiders are anxious to improve upon last year's 11-2 record. Both of these programs have exceptional coaching staffs and are also both blessed with extremely high player participation numbers, and both have a great tradition of excellence over time. The Comets are led by Zay Peterson, a three-star safety that committed to Louisville, and transferred to Clayton from Hartsville (S.C.) after helping lead the Red Foxes to a 12-1 record last season. Jalen Chadwick, who had 926 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior at Cleveland HS is expected to be a focal point of the Comets offense. Chadwick is a 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back who has great feet, quickness, and strength to be an every-down back. The Raiders return Caleb Hood (Jr.) at quarterback, who already has over 4,000 career passing yards and 37 touchdowns to just 9 interceptions. In addition to a big arm, he's shown the ability to move the ball well with his feet, as he's accounted for 869 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Jahiem Covington (Sr.) was last year's leading rusher for the Raiders with 1174 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns, and Jakolbe Baldwin (Jr.) and Dalton Stroman (Jr.) are the top returning receivers, and Kellan Hood (So.) has great potential for a breakout season. On defense, Derek Barringer (Sr.), D'Marcus Harrington (Sr.) and CJ Tillman (Jr.) will help anchor the unit that only gave up 12.85 points-per-game and recorded four defensive shutouts. On paper, this game has potential to be a very entertaining one for the fans, but the Clayton players will have to adapt to playing in front the hostile Richmond fans, as Raider Stadium is traditionally a very intimidating place for opposing teams. Both of these teams have the potential to make very deep runs in the postseason, so be certain to check this game out. COACHING MATCHUP: Bryan Till is entering his third season as the head coach at Richmond, and he's posted a 60-41 overall record.
  11. Pate Stadium should be rocking this Friday as Southeast Guilford (your 3AA runners-up from 2018) visit Scotland (your 4A runners-up from 2018). These are two outstanding teams, both with a lot of size and talent. If there wasn't so many outstanding games taking place this week, this contest would have been on my very short-list for attending. Being at home, one would think that Scotland would be the favorites, and having seen them last week against Dillon, I think they will be slight favorites, but don't for a moment think that the Falcons aren't on a mission to make it back to the state finals and leave their mark on Scots fans! COACHING MATCHUP: Richard Bailey is in his eight season at Scotland has posted a 205-59 record. He also has six state championship game appearances under his belt. Kennedy Tinsley is entering his third season at Southeast Guilford, and he's posted a 23-5 record, including making it to last year's 3AA finals.
  12. 3A Conferences: Big East: Southern Nash Rocky Mount R.L. Fike Franklinton J.B. Hunt Northern Nash Big Eight: Northern Durham Northwood Orange Vance County Southern Durham Chapel Hill Cedar Ridge East Chapel Hill Big South: Kings Mountain Crest Hunter Huss Stuart Cramer Ashbrook Forestview North Gaston Coastal: Jacksonville Havelock Northside West Carteret Swansboro White Oak Greater Neuse: Cleveland Clayton South Johnston West Johnston East Wake Smithfield-Selma Mid-Piedmont: Southeast Guilford Eastern Guilford Southern Alamance Walter Williams Asheboro Southern Guilford Southwestern Randolph Mid-State: Eastern Alamance Northern Guilford Western Alamance Northeast Guilford Person County Rockingham County Morehead McMichael North Piedmont: Statesvillle West Rowan South Iredell Carson East Rowan North Iredell Piedmont Triad: Dudley Mount Tabor Parkland Southwest Guilford Ben L. Smith Western Guilford South Piedmont: Northwest Cabarrus A.L. Brown J.M. Robinson Central Cabarrus Cox Mill Concord Southern Carolina: Weddington Charlotte Catholic Marvin Ridge Monroe Sun Valley Cuthbertson Parkwood Piedmont Tri-County 6: Lee County Union Pines Southern Lee Triton Western Harnett Harnett Central Western Mountain Athletic: A.C. Reynolds Asheville Erwin West Henderson Tuscola North Buncombe T.C. Roberson North Henderson Enka 3A/4A Split Conferences: Eastern Carolina: J.H. Rose South Central D.H. Conley New Bern C.B. Aycock Eastern Wayne Southern Wayne Mideastern: New Hanover Hoggard Topsail West Brunswick E.A. Laney North Brunswick South Brunswick Ashley Northwestern: Watauga Freedom Alexander Central Hickory St. Stephens South Caldwell McDowell Patriot Athletic: Pine Forest Terry Sanford South View Westover Cape Fear Gray’s Creek Douglas Byrd Overhills E.E. Smith
  13. There are some changes to the play clock starting this season... The play clock has been expanded to 40 secs in high school from what I received in an email from our AD. The 40 sec clock begins once the previous play ends instead of the old format in which you had to wait for the ref’s whistle. In the case of a timeout, you revert back to the 25 sec play clock after the timeout is over. I’m sure for clock operators like myself it will take a little time to adjust to the new rules. Wonder how it will affect the action on the field?
  14. Any thoughts or predictions? I will say Dudley by 6
  15. This Rivalry has been rekindled. These 2 haven't played each other since the early to mid 90s. Any thoughts or predictions. I will say this match up could go either way by score 14-7.
  16. These two programs have put on quite a show in the previous two season openers, and I think it could be another good performance this Friday as the Greyhounds travel west on I-40 to Hickory. Statesville held their own in their scrimmage on Friday night against North Mecklenburg, but Hickory, who is looking to bounce back from a sub-par 2018 campaign will be without quarterback Jason Martin for the next few weeks, due to injury. However, there are still some bright spots for the Red Tornadoes, as senior running back Cody Young is talented enough to score from anywhere on the football field. Like in the last two contests, this game will likely come down to whether or not Hickory can win the battle up front. Last year, they wore down late in the game because of a lack of size and depth on the offensive line. While Hickory is stronger up front this year, can they finish four quarters and give the Red Tornadoes offense a chance to put enough points up on the board? I'm sure that this game will probably go down to the 4th quarter like the last couple, but I think I'll give the Hounds a slight edge. COACHING MATCHUP: Russell Stone is in his third year at Hickory and has a 268-171-5 record, but is (0-2) against Gusler. Randall Gusler is in his 14th year at Statesville and has a 102-76 record.
  17. Another season is upon us, I look forward to attending quite a few games after I get back in late August. Some interesting week 1 games, should be more competitive than years past. Game of the Week- Shelby @ Freedom What a dandy this should be. Freedom looks to contend for the conference crown and should have a prolific offense led by Navy commit Birchfield. He has weapons to throw it to and a decent run game. The defense is questionable and has struggled the past few seasons. The Shelby QB can make them pay as the golden lions have reloaded once again and will be a favorite for another state title. I think this could be a high scoring affair with Shelby fans biting their nails until they score a couple late TD's to pull away Shelby 38 Freedom 27 Alexander Central @ Hibriten The cougars of AC have beefed up their non conference schedule, including a week 1 trip to traditional power Hibriten. Hibriten will be looking to replace many starters and will have a new coach from last years team but are still dangerous. Central will look to a balanced attack with RB Montgomery capable of breaking some long runs and hope their success on the JV level starts building into conference titles in varsity. I think this will be a very tight contest that will be decided by turnovers and penalties. I will go with the home team in a close one. Hibriten 27 Alexander Central 21 Statesville @ Hickory I am still asking the same questions as last year about the red tornadoes of Hickory; can they stop anyone and get stronger up front? The athletes are there to contend for the conference but the defense has struggled year in and year out against the better teams they face and the offense wasn't quite as powerful last season. Statesville has owned this series recently winning the past 5. The greyhounds are usually a middle of the road 4A team and that looks to continue this year. Look for another close game with Statesville keeping Hickory at bay for another win. Statesville 28 Hickory 20 West Caldwell @ South Caldwell Just last year this was a conference match up. The warriors have moved on to the 2A level and will look to have more success after a devastating winless season. Early reports are they will be improved, but will it be enough to win some games this year? South Caldwell had some buzz early on but has been disappointing in some reviews in their scrimmages. They should still have enough to get by West again fairly easily. South Caldwell 41 West Caldwell 14 Bandys @ St. Stephens This game has been very close and entertaining the past few seasons with lots of points scored. Bandys had a very nice season in 2018 reaching the third round of the 2AA playoffs. Saint hasnt been able to gain much traction since joining the new Northwestern conference and that will likely continue. Get ready for lots of points and another Bandys victory. Bandys 41 St Stephens 30 TC Roberson @ Watauga Can the pioneers do it again? Coach Ryan Habich has quickly become one of the top names in the state with his work at Watauga. The Pioneers have dominated the Northwestern conference the past few seasons and will be a favorite to win it again with talented back Satterfield rejoining the team despite his dad's new job coaching the Louisville Cardinals. Watauga has struggled some defensively in scrimmages and will have to get that fixed before playing powerful offenses like Freedom and Hickory. TC Roberson looks good getting off of the bus but thats about it. Watauga should roll at home. Watauga 48 Roberson 20 McDowell @ RS Central The titans are starting over with a new coach and completely new offensive system. McDowell will be abandoning the spread and switch to the wing t running attack. I think it fits the mold better at McDowell and they can use their strengths better. It will likely take time for the titans to improve on the field, especially since they are replacing almost every skill player on offense from last season. The offensive and defensive line should be fine, but the secondary will be a problem against passing teams and teams with a lot of speed. Some players to watch for the Titans are Jr RB DeQuan Boyce and RB Quantavian Moore. RS Central has lost some players to transfer but has performed fairly well in scrimmages beating East Burke fairly easily. This game will help define each teams season and is always very important and usually close. With the game being at RS, I will take the hilltoppers. RS Central 29 McDowell 14
  18. One of the more anticipated games of the year, and if it wasn't for the Dutch Fork vs. Mallard Creek contest, I would probably be at this game. Havelock is one of the most talented teams in the state, and despite the coaching change, I still expect them to be a force in the 3A ranks. On the flip side, Dillion is one of the perennial favorites year in and year out in South Carolina. I watched these guys last week give Scotland all they could handle, and I totally expect this to be a street fight. I remember a few years ago watching Mallard Creek play Dillon (at Dillon), and it was an uphill battle in regards to not only fighting the Wildcats, but also fighting the zebras, who wasn't keen on a N.C. team coming into their state and embarrassing their team. COACHING MATCHUP: Jackie Hayes is in his 27the year at Dillon, he has posted a 303-53 record. Allen Wooten is in his first year at Havelock, he owns a 39-34 record.
  19. This is one of the best games of the opening week with the defending 4A champions traveling west to take on perennial 3A contenders, A.C. Reynolds. I have not laid eyes on Reynolds yet, but having spoke with head coach Shane Laws, he still feels very confident about this team, although they're younger with some new key faces leading the way. I have seen East Forsyth and they still look the part of a state championship team. Any thoughts on this matchup? I think that A.C. Reynolds will keep it close, and being at home should help, but ultimately I see East pulling away late for a comfortable win. COACHING MATCHUP: Shane Laws: 12 years at Reynolds (124-38 record) Todd Willert: 16 years at East Forsyth (136-67 record)
  20. Cape Fear looked very strong this week against Scotland in the BSN Jamboree in Fayetteville (although Scotland didn't play many starters), but they'll have their hands full (and then some) as they travel down Highway 24 to Clinton. I firmly feel that Clinton is a 2A contender and they showed it in how well they handled Terry Sanford this past week in a scrimmage. This is one of the best Southeastern NC games in the state this week and will tell us a lot about both teams. I know that Cape Fear is strong, they've got one of the best young coaches in Jacob Thomas leading them, but I'm not sure yet if they're a Top-30 kind of 3A team or not yet. Same could be said for Clinton, while in 2A ball, they are immensely talented, are they a bonafide Top-5 kind of team yet? I think a convincing win over Cape Fear would solidify that. COACHING MATCHUP: Jacob Thomas is in his 7th year at Cape Fear and has a 56-24 record. Cory Johnson is in his second year at Clinton and has an 8-3 record. LAST TWO CONTESTS: 2018: Cape Fear won 15-0 2017: Cape Fear won 13-7
  21. Can the Patriots and Dynamic QB Birchfield pull this one out? From everything I heard about the Golden Lions they are Loaded!!! And this might be a understatement. Jahari Mitchell May be the best overall player on the field. Crazy things seems to happen in that Morganton mist when Shelby rolls into town. Freedom secondary will be tested early and often. Depth may be Freedoms down fall late. Shelby’s D is legit. In the Jamboree they sniffed lincolnton. Too many fire works for the Golden Lions. Prediction shelby 42-21
  22. Way too early for the 2 programs to be playing each other. Last couple of years MT Tabor has started the season off very slow. I will say Reagan by 8. Any thoughts or predictions.
  23. 2019 Tri-County 6 3A Conference pre-season predictions 1) Lee County, 5-0 conference, 11-0 overall 2T) Union Pines, 3-2, 8-3 2T) Southern Lee, 3-2, 6-5 2T) Triton, 3-2, 4-7 5) Western Harnett, 1-4, 3-8 6) Harnett Central, 0-5, 2-9 Lee County is the overwhelming favorite to win the Tri-County 6 3A conference football championship. Expect a three-way dogfight for second between Union Pines, Southern Lee, and Triton. Although Western Harnett and Harnett Central will be fighting to stay out of the conference cellar, don't sleep on either of these teams.
  24. Iredell Co Predictions: Mooresville over West Rowan 28-14 Statesville over Hickory 35-13 Cutty over South Iredell 28-20 West Iredell over Atkins 21-14 Lake Norman over Cox Mill : 28-21 North Iredell over Wilkes Central 14-13 Pine Lake Prep over Quality Education Acd. 42-6