By RYAN HERMAN
Nine seconds stood between a perfect week of picks and North Lincoln making me sweat a little longer, but in the end last week was a good week for predictions.
No, making me sweat doesn’t mean I was pulling against the Knights. But it does mean that I like to be right when I make predictions.
Regardless of making the correct pick –– and predicting the correct amount of points the Wolves would score –– North Lincoln made me look like an idiot considering how well they played.
Since this is a column, I can say this: The Knights should have won that football game. Everyone in the stands knew it. They knew it. Lincolnton knew it. All us gurus in the press box knew it.
I said North Lincoln would score 12 points, and it scored 27. It should have scored more, and did, but a flag behind the play negated a kickoff returned for a TD in the second half.
Even if it was just one game, the Knights have made a believer out of me.
WEST LINCOLN (1-0) at NORTH LINCOLN (0-1): The Knights and Rebels enter their cross-county showdown tonight having played similar games last week. Both fell behind by two scores only to rally back to make things interesting. The only difference was, where West Lincoln played a solid second half, North Lincoln, thanks to some costly mistakes, played its way out of a win. The Knights are on a mission to prove they’re no longer a pushover, and I saw it firsthand last week. North Lincoln 28, West Lincoln 21.
SOUTH POINT (1-0) at LINCOLNTON (1-0): The Wolves and Red Raiders are meeting for the 31st time, and South Point has 22 of the previous 30 wins. South Point had its way with Crest last week, amassing 418 yards of total offense while holding the Chargers to 205. Lincolnton struggled on offense, with only 221 total yards against a North Lincoln team that had three turnovers. South Point 35, Lincolnton 16.
Q FOUNDATION (0-0) at EAST LINCOLN (1-0): The Mustangs are back home for the first time since winning a state championship, and they entertain a school that has four total wins in the last three seasons. East Lincoln had over 400 yards of offense last week in a 37-22 win at East Gaston, and sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt was at the center, accounting for five TDs. He was also offered a scholarship by North Carolina this week. East Lincoln 41, Q Foundation 6.