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This week’s picks

RYAN HERMAN
Sports Editor

Wrap your mind around something: There are only two weeks left of regular season high school football.
I don’t know which is faster –– time, or Chazz Surratt. No one has been able to stop Surratt this season, although Lincolnton did a pretty good job of it a few weeks ago. But he still had 216 total yards and three touchdowns and East Lincoln still won.
Surratt, who, unofficially, has 2,943 yards of total offense (1,768 passing) and 43 total TDs, isn’t the only player the Mustangs have, but he does seem to get their legs a-movin’.
Maiden won’t stop him; it can only hope to contain him. But there are plenty of other horses in East Lincoln’s barn.

MAIDEN (9-0, 5-0) at EAST LINCOLN (5-4, 5-0): Maiden, once unstoppable it seemed, hasn’t lived up to its offensive firepower the last two games –– 261.5 yards and 19 points on average –– while East Lincoln has been the opposite, with 1,000 total yards and 116 total points. The Mustangs haven’t lost at home –– on the field, anyways –– in 18 games. East Lincoln 28, Maiden 14.
LINCOLNTON (6-3, 4-1) at WEST CALDWELL (1-8, 0-5): The Warriors gave up 68 points to East Lincoln last week –– with more than 20 minutes left to play. The Wolves won’t score 68, but they’ll put up some points and rather easily. Lincolnton 42, West Caldwell 7.
NORTH LINCOLN (3-6, 1-4) at STATESVILLE (4-5, 3-2): With the playoffs on the line and seeding a priority, the Knights need this win. But they’re beat up pretty bad, with some injuries to key players, including quarterback Chase Caldwell and wide receiver Taylor Woodby. Statesville 35, North Lincoln 14.
BANDYS (3-6, 1-4) at WEST LINCOLN (7-2, 3-2): The Rebels haven’t beaten the Trojans since 1992 and have lost 12 straight in the series, which was played every year from 1962-2004. Bandys leads it 10-32-1, but it can’t stop the run, which the Rebels are very good at. West Lincoln 34, Bandys 21.

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