Tonight's preview: Davie at West Rowan

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 26, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Davie 0-1, West 0-1
Series: Davie leads 26-12-2
Last meeting: West buried the War Eagles 40-0 in 2010
Last week: Davie was trampled 41-7 by Greensboro Page; West was stunned 21-14 at Mooresville after leading 14-0 at halftime. That loss ended a 46-game winning streak that dated back to early in the 2008 season and was the nation’s longest active streak
Streak: West has won the last two meetings
Next week: Davie will be at home against Alexander Central, which has been tough on Davie in recent years; West Rowan will put its long Rowan County winning streak on the line at Salisbury
Game notes: Both teams played in state championship games in 2010, but both begin this season 0-1.
One of them is going to be 0-2.
A lot of eyes will be on the Falcons to see how they respond to their first setback in three years. That loss in 2008 was to Davie County.
A young Davie team was expected to have its hands full opening night against Page, but the War Eagles took a beating much worse than anticipated. Davie surrendered 334 rushing yards (248 to Page’s QB) and turned the ball over four times.
Davie has a huge offensive line, anchored by Mick Spillman, so it should be quite a battle upfront between the War Eagles and West horses such as Greg Dixon and Maurice Warren. West allowed 185 rushing yards against Mooresville opening night, uncharacteristic for a team that generally smothers running games.
West coach Scott Young is looking for stepped-up play, not just from his new QBs and green DBs, but from some touted veterans who didn’t perform to expectations last week.
A Harvey Landy pick was the lone turnover forced by West in Week 1.