Prep Football Preview: Providence Grove at North Rowan
* Time: 7:30 p.m.
* Records: Providence Grove 3-4, 0-3 CCC; North Rowan 0-7, 0-3 CCC
* Series: First meeting
* Last week: Providence Grove lost to Lexington 38-17; North Rowan lost to East Davidson 10-6
* Next week: Providence Grove is at East Davidson; North is home against Central Davidson
* Game notes: Providence Grove has been a more than respectable first-year school and won three of its first four outings before hitting a three-game losing skid in conference play. A 28-26 loss to Central Davidson was especially disappointing.
The three teams Providence Grove beat ó Randleman (1-6), East Montgomery (0-8) and Trinity (3-5) aren’t feared ó but three wins are three wins. North would love to have one.
Todd Shuping coaches the Patriots and has an exceptional quarterback in Zeb Milliner, who has posted 100-yard rushing games this season and can also throw the ball.
Milliner was at Eastern Randolph in 2007. He quarterbacked ER in the memorable game it led 25-0 against Salisbury at Ludwig Stadium but lost 29-25. Milliner passed for a TD and rushed for a TD against the Hornets.
The only common opponent is West Davidson. North lost to the Green Dragons 16-6, while the Patriots fell 28-12.
Many are predicting a North victory on homecoming, but the Cavs will need a big effort from a defensive unit directed by Rodney Goodine. Providence Grove has been more explosive than the Cavaliers and has scored 151 points. North has scored only 32.
North has yielded 176 points, but 60 were opening night against West Rowan. Providence Grove has allowed 147.
North can win if QB Jesse Rudisell and receivers such as Daniel King can put two TDs on the board.