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  1. After a poor showing last I'm trying this again. Several good games this highlight some of the surprises this season. West at North Buncombe and Owen at North Henderson for example. Robbinsville looks to continue rolling by hosting surprising Rabun Gap. Is this the week Enka gets a rare WMC win? I think so. Game of the Week: Christ School at Murphy, 24-23 Can the Greenies knock off the defending 1A champs or will the Bulldogs keep rolling along. If Murphy can stop the air attack of Christ School and find a way to move ball against a tough defense it will be a good game. Camden Military Academy at Asheville School, 24-17 Erwin at Reynolds, 35-10 Enka at Tuscola, 21-20 Upset Special West Henderson at North Buncombe, 35-32 Owen at North Henderson, 38-8 Roberson at Asheville, 41-20 Brevard at Madison, 38-7 Newton Conover at Hendersonville, 31-30 Mountain Heritage at Stuart Cramer, 24-21 Andrews at North Georgia, 21-17 Asheville Gladiators at Cherokee, 28-14 Hayesville at Lookout Valley, 14-12 Mitchell at McDowell, 38-10 Swain at Franklin, 28-20 Rabun Gap-Nacoochee at Robbinsville, 28-27 East Henderson at Chase, 24-10 Rosman at Smoky Mountain, 42-10 North Wilkes at Avery, 38-14
  2. it looks like another 3 team race for the conference title. Watauga may be more vulnerable than years past on defense and Freedom/Alexander Central will look to exploit that. Hickory @ Hunter Huss Hickory has really struggled so far this season, especially up front. Huss might be the best team they have faced thus far and thats not good news for them. The red tornadoes should get off the snide during conference play, but this week will be rough. Hunter Huss 41 Hickory 7 St. Stephens @ Maiden Saint Stephens is coming off of a bye week and has a tough game at Maiden. Maiden will look to avenge an earlier loss to fellow conference for South Caldwell. Maiden is the favorite at home and should win fairly comfortably. Maiden 27 St. Stephens 13 Game of the week South Caldwell @ Hibriten This has the potential to be a pretty good game. Hibriten is starting to play better, dominating Hickory and beating Ashe. South Caldwell is coming off of their first loss of the season, but has played pretty well so far. Both teams can put up points and it should be a bit of a shootout. Hibriten should win at home by a few scores. Hibriten 41 South Caldwell 28 South Iredell @ Alexander Central AC played well despite losing late last week and should be favored here, South Iredell has struggled some this year and will be looking to pull off the upset. Look for Central to establish the running game and build an early lead. Alexander Central 35 South Iredell 20 Freedom @ Patton Another Burke County mismatch. Freedom has been rolling on offense and that should continue this week. Patton will look to play ball control but they do not have the athletes or speed to keep up. Freedom 47 Patton 7 Wilkes Central @ Watauga Watauga just didn't have the speed to keep up with a good Reagan team. The defense struggled to contain them. This should be a good litmus test against a pretty solid Wilkes Central team that kept it close versus Alexander Central, Watauga should win but it will be interesting to see how close it could be. Watauga 34 Wilkes Central 20 Mitchell @ McDowell The rebuild for McDowell head coach Darell Brewer is going to take time. The titans could not get anything going and turned it over in key situations to lose 3-0 vs Patton. The titans will have a tough time winning again this season. Mitchell is very good. Strong up front, a good WR, and always fundamentally sound. It could get ugly. Mitchell 42 McDowell 13
  3. Some teams rebounded last week, and there should be more competitive games this week! Game of the week Statesville @ Alexander Central Two undefeated teams meet in what should be one of the best games in the area. Statesville has been very strong defensively and will look to slow down an athletic AC team. The cougars were resilient in their win over Hibriten and were on cruise control last week. Central has struggled to win games like this the past few seasons, but I think this year is different. Alexander Central 27 Statesville 21 Watauga @ Ronald Reagan The Pioneers travel east to take on a solid Reagan team. Both teams are undefeated and this will be each team's first big test. Reagan is a 4A school who is ranked in the top 40 in the state by MaxPreps. They are strong defensively and will present a big challenge to the Watauga rushing attack. I think Reagan should take this one at home, but the Pioneers will compete hard and keep it close for a while. Ronald Reagan 34 Watauga 21 Bandys @ South Caldwell South is looking much improved and will try to make it 3-0 this week. It won't be easy however as bandys has already beaten St Stephen's and Foard. South Caldwell will try to take advantage of their home field advantage but I think Bandys has just enough explosive athletes to expose the South Caldwell defense. Bandys 34 South Caldwell 28 Newton Conover @ Hickory Can the red tornadoes finally get in the win column? The schedule has been tough and eases up a bit thid week. Hickory has really struggled up front and has not been able to run or stop the run. Newton Conover has only played 1 game, an easy win over Bunker Hill. I think this is another toss up. Hickory 21 Newton Conover 20 East Burke @ Freedom Another county mismatch for the Patriots. East Burke is a little better than years past and might be the 2nd best team in the county, but it's still a massive gap. Freedoms explosive offense will carve up East Burke early and often. RB Josh Moore from East Burke will get a couple consolation scores but nowhere near enough. Freedom 55 East Burke 14 McDowell @ Patton The Titans got in the win column surviving a crazy comeback attempt from East Burke. The first half titans from last week can win some ball games this year, the 2nd half titans will struggle mightily. Which will show up this week? Patton is down this year and lost to common opponent RS Central by 28 at home. McDowell lost by 8 on the road to RS. I think the Titans can win this one on the road if they play like they are capable of. McDowell 34 Patton 27 St Stephen's- BYE
  4. A nice schedule this week for all you fanatics and the casual fan. Several teams looking to bounce back with wins and they should get them. No real surprises this week other than West upsetting Hendersonville. The Annual Battle of Nations will go to the home this year as Cherokee has fallen off. I am curious to see if Avery and Hayesville continue last weeks success. Both of those teams winning makes their conferences better. Post your picks and good luck guys. Friday, Aug. 30 - Week 2 Murphy at Franklin 31-17 Asheville School at Oakbrook Prep 31-14 Erwin at Mountain Heritage 34-20 Enka at Pisgah 41-17 North Buncombe at Madison 49-7 Reynolds at Shelby 28-24 Game of the Week Crest at Roberson 38-10 East Henderson at North Henderson 24-17 Hendersonville at West Henderson 28-26 Upset Alert Asheville at Burns 18-14 Carolina Gladiators at Andrews 28-10 Rosman at Brevard 42-10 Cherokee at Choctaw Central 21-7 Cannon at Mitchell 49-14 Polk County at North Gaston 24-21 Tuscola at Rhea County 31-14 East Burke at McDowell 18-14 Robbinsville at Life Christian 28-7 Smoky Mountain at Swain 24-22 West Wilkes at Avery 42-24 Cooper Basin at Hayesville 28-27
  5. Both teams are 0-1 and both under preformed in week 1. Should be a game Hibriten wins if they can cut down on the turnovers and coral Young.
  6. 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