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Prep football: Salisbury-Thomasville preview

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Salisbury 6-3, 3-0 CCC; Thomasville 5-4, 3-0 CCC
Series: Bulldogs lead 14-13-1
Last meeting: Salisbury fans haven’t forgotten Thomasville’s 14-6 victory in the third round of the 2A playoffs in 1995. SHS rolled into that one 12-0 and looking unbeatable
Streaks: Thomasville has won the last eight meetings with Salisbury and 11 out of 12
Last time Salisbury beat the Bulldogs: Hornets won 22-20 in two overtimes in 1981
Last week: Salisbury destroyed Lexington 57-6; Thomasville whipped West Davidson 42-0
Next: Salisbury wraps up the regular season at home against East Davidson; Thomasville is at Lexington nHornets on the road: 4-1 (lost at South Rowan)
Game notes: Salisbury got a three-game jump in the series long ago when Boyden teams beat the Tommies in 1930, 1932 and 1934. Coach Pete Stout also owned Thomasville during his Hall of Fame tenure, going 8-0-1 against the Dogs from 1969-1975, including playoff victories in 1973 and 1974.
In the late 1970s, Thomasville took over and battered the Hornets throughout the 1980s.
This is the matchup everyone expected to decide the CCC back in August, and it’s here. Thomasville suffered back-to-back-to-back home losses to Mt. Airy (9-0), Albemarle (9-0) and A.L. Brown (8-1). The fourth loss was to 4A Davie County by two points. The Bulldogs may not be quite what they have been, but they’re still good.
Salisbury’s 14-7 loss to West Rowan looks more impressive each day. The Hornets may be serious contenders in 2A and can prove it tonight. Joe Pinyan will need big games from backs Romar Morris and Dejoun Jones. ó Mike London

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