Prep Football Preview: Northwest Cabarrus at West Iredell
* Time: 7:30 p.m.
* Records: NW Cabarrus 3-4, 1-4 NPC; West Iredell 5-2, 3-2 NPC
* Last meeting: Northwest destroyed the Warriors 52-13 in 2007
* Last week: NW Cabarrus lost to Statesville 17-14; West Iredell beat North Iredell 33-14
* Next week: Northwest is home against Carson; West Iredell is at Statesville
* Game notes: Talented West Iredell, which is part of a fourth-place logjam, may have too much offense for the Trojans, who have to travel to the Warrior Warfield.
The Trojans have a shot at an upset but only if they keep the score in the teens or low 20s.
West Iredell’s Quan Rucker, P.J. Clyburn,L.J. Harper and Devin Miller are explosive athletes, and the Warriors have scored 215 points, second-highest total in the NPC.
Both teams lost to West Rowan and both beat North Iredell. Northwest lost to South Rowan. West Iredell won against South.
Sparked by freshman QB Arrick Hincher, who threw a pair of TD passes to receiver Fred House, Northwest played a strong second half last week and came close against Statesville.
Northwest’s offense has struggled with turnovers all year and has been outscored 114-54 in its five NPC contests. Coach Rich Williams is looking at both Hincher and Jonathon Wallace, who has been the QB since Jeremy Cannon was injured in the preseason, at this week’s practices.
Northwest’s defense, which is sparked by linebacker Steven Ward, linemen Gavin Billings and Anthony Dickerson and corner Grant Keyes, played well against the Greyhounds. The key for the Trojans tonight will be containing Rucker, West Iredell’s QB. He has committed to Wake Forest. Clyburn, who is very dangerous on kick returns, has been offered a scholarship by Illinois.