Prep football: West Rowan-East Rowan preview
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Records: West 9-0, 4-0 NPC; East 7-1, 3-0 NPC
Series: Dead even at 21-21-1. East ruled in the 1960s and 1970s
Last meeting: Falcons crushed the Mustangs 69-0 in 2008
Streaks: West has won 32 straight against county foes, 39 out of 40 against NPC foes and nine straight against East Last time the Mustangs beat West: In Scott Young’s first year as West’s head coach in 1998, East prevailed 31-15
Last week: West demolished Statesville 55-12; East was open
Next week: West is off; East is at North Iredell
Game notes: West’s ungodly season is well-documented. Since they were nearly ambushed by Davie and Salisbury, the Falcons have rolled 48-9, 28-0, 32-0, 69-14 and 55-12. This is a machine, from unsung fullback Coleman Phifer to universally sung tailback K.P. Parks.
East and West didn’t meet Parks’ freshman year, but he’s had 45 carries for 410 yards and five TDs against East the last two seasons.
East has nothing to lose. This may be the first time in the history of football that a team has a 7-1 record and is a 35-point underdog at home.
The Post’s preseason predictions figured East for 2-9, but Brian Hinson and his staff have done an admirable job. East, which controls the ball and limits mistakes, has good skill players in QB Jamey Blalock, back Quentin Sifford and receivers Preston Troutman and Riley Weber. East has gotten major mileage out of over-achieving defenders such as LB Tyler Bumgarner, who appears to have stepped off a rerun of “That ’70s Show.” West, however, is the ultimate test ó the SAT.
Can East move the chains and limit K.P? A lot of people will pay their money to find out. ó Mike London