The high school football season is only two weeks old, and there are already tons of surprises.
North Lincoln has shocked everyone, including me, in its 2-0 start. I’m not as surprised that the Knights are undefeated as I am how they’ve gotten there. They have yet to commit a turnover. Heck, they haven’t even put the ball on the ground while running a play. That, in my opinion, is amazing.
East Lincoln, the team North Lincoln plays tonight and one that has won a plethora of games in the past few seasons, has eight turnovers. Eight. And is still undefeated. That is also amazing.
Lincolnton had a week to tweak its offense last week and upset Belmont South Point after doing so. The Red Raiders are now 0-2 and the Wolves may be able to survive as long as it takes Jordon Easter’s ankle to heal.
West Lincoln was moving the football against North Lincoln last week with ease, but then the Rebels just stopped moving. Period. Actually, they owed the field four yards after their only score and were held to their lowest rushing total in nearly two years. Again, amazing.
So, tonight could be another night of shockers. I haven’t been able to predict them, so far.
EAST LINCOLN (2-0) at NORTH LINCOLN (2-0): In a series that is only 11 games old, the Mustangs have 10 wins. Well, nine. East Lincoln won last year’s meeting 34-7, but had to later forfeit because of its use of an ineligible player. The Mustangs have dominated the Knights of late, outscoring them 222-45 in their previous five meetings. North Lincoln’s defense has been superb in its 2-0 start, but it hasn’t faced an offense quite like East Lincoln’s. Or a player like Chazz Surratt. East Lincoln 35, North Lincoln 21.
NORTH GASTON (1-1) at LINCOLNTON (1-1): The Wolves lost this game last season on an as-time-expired field goal. The biggest question entering tonight is whether injured quarterback Jordon Easter will play, as coach Scott Cloninger has said he would be a game-time decision. But Lincolnton showed last week it is able to survive without Easter, who is perfect for Cloninger’s I-formation/option offense. Lincolnton ground it out in last week’s 14-13 thriller at South Point, and North Gaston gave up 282 rushing yards to East Rutherford in its loss. Lincolnton 17, North Gaston 14.
WEST LINCOLN (1-1) at CHERRYVILLE (1-1): The Rebels love to run the ball, and the Ironmen gave up 308 rushing yards in a loss to Bessemer City last week. West Lincoln 28, Cherryville 16.
Sports Editor Ryan Herman went 1-2 last week, and is 3-3 on the season.