Prep preview: West Rowan at Salisbury

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 11, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Records: West Rowan 3-0; Salisbury 2-1
Series: West leads 15-14
Last meeting: West beat the Hornets 23-13 in 2006
Streaks: West, which has a school-record 17-game winning streak, has beaten Salisbury eight times in a row; West has won 29 in a row against county opponents; West coach Scott Young is 7-0 vs. the Hornets; On the field, Salisbury’s won seven straight at Ludwig StadiumnLast time Salisbury beat West: Hornets won 18-7 in 1996
Last week: West edged Davie 39-36; Salisbury drilled Carson 50-6nNext week: West is at Mooresville; SHS is at North Rowan
Game notes: The Big Blue Machine got a real scare last week, but West pulled out another one.
The update on Park’s county-record career numbers รณ 1,035 carries, 7,822 rushing yards, 110 TDs.
The problem for opposing defensive coordinators is West throws as well as it runs. Jon Crucitti has 11 catches in two games. KaJuan Phillips is emerging as a huge threat. QB B.J. Sherrill is 24 of 37 passing for 344 yards.
West’s defense did not have a good game last week and will be out to make amends. West still leads the county in rushing defense, yards allowed and scoring defense.
SHS coach Joe Pinyan is 0-2 against West, but Salisbury had a great effort in Mount Ulla in 2006, the last time it faced the Falcons.
The Hornets rank third in the county on offense and second in rushing (251.0 yards per game). They have weapons in QB John Knox, RB Romar Morris, and rugged fullback Ike Whitaker.
Parks amassed 161 yards on 10 carries against SHS as a freshman, but a D-line led by Kiontae Rankin will provide a challenge.