Prep football preview: Salisbury at Thomasville

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 17, 2011

nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nClass: 2A
nPod: Midwest
nSeeds and records: No. 4 Salisbury Hornets (11-2) at No. 2 Thomasville Bulldogs (9-4)
nRecords vs. winning teams: Salisbury is 2-2.Thomasville is 4-4.
n Common Opponent: Lots. They schools are CCC rivals.
nStats: The Hornets average 42 points per game and allow 12.5. Thomasville scores 31 points per game while allowing 22.
nBest wins: Salisburyís best wins have come in the playoffs ó Carver at home in the first round at Starmount in the second. Thomasvilleís signature win was against Salisbury.
nHornets on the road: 6-1. The loss was Oct. 21 at Thomasville. That outcome determined the CCC champ and home field for tonightís contest.
nBulldogs at home: 4-2. The losses were in September to High Point Andrews and Southeast Guilford.
Massey Ratings computer prediction: Salisbury by 3.
nSeries: Thomasville leads 16-14-1 and has won two of the three CCC meetings the last two years.
Salisbury beat Thomasville in 2010 at home, but it hasnít won at Cushwa Stadium since it prevailed in overtime 22-20 in 1981. Thomasville, which owned the Hornets in the 1980s, has won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the programs.
nLast week: Salisbury rolled 35-6 at previously unbeaten Starmount, which was minus its starting QB. Thomasville took care of Wilkes Central 28-16.
nNext week: Winner advances to play the winner of Lincolnton-Maiden. The Salisbury-Thomasville winner would be at home against Maiden but on the road at Lincolnton. Maiden is a No. 3 seed in its pod but is No. 7 overall in the West region.
nGame notes: The Hornets get their wish ó a rematch with Thomasville. They believe they played their worst offensive game on their first trip to Cushwa Stadium ó the Bulldogs probably had something do with that ó and now theyíve got a chance to atone. … Salisbury has an edge on just about every team in the world in the running game. The Hornets rush for 353 yards per game and defenders such as lineman Scott Givens allow just 110. … The Hornets have 1,000-yard rushers in Justin Ruffin and Dominique Dismuke, and Brian Bauk (needs 86) and Max Allen (needs 14) are closing in on the milestone. A lot of credit should go to offensive line coach Daniel Yow.
Shaquan ěQuannyî Johnson is the bellcow for Thomasville. He carried 44 times in the first meeting and accounted for four TDs.