Prep football preview: Carver vs. Salisbury

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2011

nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nClass: 2A
nPod: Midwest
nSeeds and records: No. 4 Salisbury (9-2) vs. No. 5 Winston-Salem Carver (6-4)
nRecords vs. winning teams: Carver is 1-2 against winning teams. Officially, the Hornets are 0-2 against teams with winning records.
Common Opponent: Both routed Atkins without breaking a sweat.
nAverages: Carver scores 33 points per game and allows 25, although both those numbers got skewed considerably by a zany 87-52 loss to Mount Tabor. Salisbury scores 44 points per game and allows about 13.
nBest wins: Carver beat conference foe High Point Andrews 22-21 to take second place in the Mid-Piedmont and also topped 4A West Forsyth. Salisbury crushed a good Central Davidson team that ended up with a lousy record because of four forfeits.
nSalisbury at home: Hornets are 4-1. The loss was to West Rowan.
nCarver on the road: The Yellow Jackets are just 1-4, but that one win was a big one at HP Andrews.
nSeries: First meeting.
nLast week: Carver marched into the playoffs by shelling lowly Trinity 47-0. Salisbury thumped East Davidson 48-6 after spotting the Golden Eagles an early TD.
nNext week: Winner advances to play the East Lincoln-Starmount contest. Starmount is a No. 1 seed. The Hornets would have to travel to Boonville if thatís the matchup.
nGame notes: Carver gave up 52 points in the first half against Mount Tabor and allowed 654 yards in that game… Carver QB Madison Mills is a dynamic player. … Unsung players such as TE Ben Ritchie and nose Paris Jones have helped the Hornets roll this year. … HB Justin Ruffin needs 48 yards for 1,000.