Friday matchups: Alexander Central at Davie County
Time: 7:30 p.m.
2009 records: Alexander Central 4-7; Davie 7-5
Series: Davie leads 2-1
Last meeting: Davie won 29-7 in a 2003 season opener
Last AC win: 13-7 in 2002
Next week: Alexander Central is at West Iredell; Davie plays host to Greensboro Page, a team it beat 50-49 in overtime last season0
Game notes: Davie should have a chip on its shoulder after putting up its worst record since it went 7-7 in 2002.
Davie’s 7-5 season was pretty remarkable in some respects. If the War Eagles don’t make the greatest comeback in school history to beat Page and don’t hand West Rowan the Falcons’ only loss, they go 5-7.
Davie is the consensus pick to finish second in the CPC behind Mount Tabor this season even though it has no established quarterback, no established running back and new faces on the offensive line.
Ricky Bell will be counted on as an O-line leader, while Skeeter Montgomeryó that’s Skeeter, not Scooter ó will be counted on to head the running game, with some help from Nick Bohannon. Jacob Barber or Carson Herndon will share quarterback duties, and both will likely get a chance to shine tonight.
Rangy receiver Joe Watson (40 catches, 944 yards, 11 TDs as a sophomore) has the tools to be one of the state’s best.
Davie’s defense should be back to being Davie-ish with linebacker Jared Barber fully recovered from a shoulder ailment.
Alexander Central is very good in softball, but football success has proven elusive. The Cougars are 8-15 the past two seasons. Still, Davie can’t take this one for granted. In 2002, Alexander Central handed Davie a stunning setback to get that season started on the wrong foot.