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This week’s picks

RYAN HERMAN
Sports Editor

Last week was a good week.
No, I’m not talking about how I correctly picked all four winners last week. I’m talking about how all four teams did something that had only been done two before.
East Lincoln, Lincolnton, North Lincoln and West Lincoln each won on the same night for just the third time since North Lincoln opened in 2003. All four teams have never won on back-to-back Fridays, obviously, but that will be their goal tonight.
Considering what’s on tap, it’ll be tough.

EAST LINCOLN (6-1, 3-0) at NEWTON-CONOVER (2-5, 1-2): The Mustangs face a team that, historically, has owned them. But East Lincoln has rewrote the history books of late. The Red Devils may own the all-time series 4-10, but they have taken a turn downward while the Mustangs are on the rise. Both teams have fun offenses to watch, but Newton-Conover, marred by injuries and suspensions, haven’t been able to stop anyone with a defense that allows 356.3 yards and 31.7 points per game. East Lincoln 35, Newton-Conover 19.
LINCOLNTON (4-3, 2-1) at BUNKER HILL (4-3, 0-3): The Wolves travel to Bunker Hill for the first time since 2004 tonight riding a season-best offensive output of 398 yards. The Bears, meanwhile, were putting up some big numbers themselves offensively but their output has decreased since conference play began. Lincolnton is 6-1 all-time against Bunker Hill. Lincolnton 24, Bunker Hill 17.
MOORESVILLE (6-1, 3-0) at NORTH LINCOLN (2-5, 1-2): Fresh off their first North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference win, things don’t get any easier for the Knights. They host a team tonight that is averaging nearly 500 yards per game, and is home to the league’s leading rusher in Akease Rankin, who is averaging 169 yards per night. Mooresville 35, North Lincoln 21.
WEST CALDWELL (1-6, 0-3) at WEST LINCOLN (6-1, 2-1): After spoiling two opponents homecomings the last two weeks the Rebels and their league-leading rushing attack get to host the SD-7’s last-place team in the standings, total offense and total defense for theirs. West Lincoln 48, West Caldwell 16.

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