Preview: Alexander Central at Davie
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Alexander Central 1-1; Davie County 0-2
Series: AC’s Cougars lead 3-2
Last meeting: Alexander Central won 10-7 in 2010 and also edged Davie in a 3-0 struggle in 2009
Last week: Alexander Central lost to Morganton Freedom 29-10; Davie lost to West Rowan 45-32
Next week: Alexander Central is at home against Kings Mountain; Davie is at home against Lexington
Game notes: Despite losing to West Rowan, Davie enters this week with a lot more confidence.
Davie got magnificent efforts against West from quarterback Adam Smith (371 passing yards), receivers T.J. Jones (158 receiving yards) and Jae-Re Peebles and return man Denzel Redmon, who had two kickoff returns for scores against the Falcons.
Davie still has some work to do in the running game — the War Eagles have been out-rushed 543 yards to 201 so far — and a young defense has to solidify.
Davie is allowing 427.5 yards and 43.0 points per game, ugly numbers that can be attributed in part to opening the season against two strong opponents.
Alexander Central coach Tom Harper, a former Catawba assistant, had a conference-championship team (9-3) in 2010, although graduation losses were heavy.
From all reports, the Cougars, who rolled over North Iredell in their opener before losing to Morganton Freedom, aren’t as stout as last year.
Senior running back Kodie Farley (22 carries, 135 yards last week) keys the AC offense, along with senior QB Nick Salyer.
The Cougars beat themselves last week, losing four fumbles that allowed Freedom to take control.
It also looks like Davie will be able to move through the air again. AC allowed 248 passing yards last week.