South-West Iredell preview

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2009

nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nRecords: South Rowan 5-2, 1-1 NPC; West Iredell 3-4, 1-2 NPC
nSeries: Raiders lead 5-2
nLast meeting: Will never be forgotten. West Iredell won 24-20 in a fashion that was legitimate but bizarre
nLast time South beat the Warriors: The Raiders haven’t won in the series since 1988, but the teams haven’t met often. West Iredell has won the last two meetings.nLast week: South Rowan had its open week; West Iredell beat North Iredell 33-13 for its first NPC win
nNext week: South is home against rival Carson; West Iredell is home against West Wilkes in a non-conference matchup
nGame notes: South is favored, but it could be a tough game on the road. Both teams were shut out by West Rowan by similar scores and both handled North Iredell.
Coach Mark Weycker’s Warriors won a wild one last season because holder Hunter Blohm alertly picked up a blocked field goal behind the line of scrimmage on the final snap of the game and threw a TD pass.
The standout of the Warriors is returner/safety P.J. Clyburn, who has many D-I offers to pick from.
South’s romp over North Iredell prior to its open week enhanced team stats considerably. South is scoring two TDs per game more than last season while giving up 5.0 fewer points per game. Zach Howell is a key for South’s line, and Dylan Walker is a dependable receiver with eight catches for 182 yards.
South back D’Andre Harris has hammered the Warriors for 185 yards rushing the past two seasons, and Thomas Lowe had a humongous game against West Iredell when he was an East Rowan sophomore in 2007. He rushed for 248 yards, breaking runs of 55 and 73 yards, in that meeting. รณ Mike London