Prep Football: Previews, picks
SALISBURY POST RANKINGS: 1. A.L. Brown (4-0), 2. West Rowan (3-1), 3. Davie (2-3), 4. Carson (3-1), 5. North Rowan (1-4), 6. East Rowan (1-4), 7. Salisbury (1-4), 8. South Rowan (0-4).
East Rowan looks better than North right now, but the Cavaliers did win at East on opening night, so they stay ahead of the Mustangs in the rankings. East’s lone win came against Salisbury. Salisbury’s lone win was against South.
The picks were 6-0 last week, with the 35-7 West Rowan-Northwest Cabarrus pick providing the highlight. West won 34-6. The picks are a fortunate 24-2 for the season, but hey, at least my bosses are impressed.
The North Rowan-West Stokes and Robinson-Carson games were moved up to Thursday, so no pick on those games. East Rowan has an open date.
Remember Salisbury’s home game starts at 6 p.m. A.L. Brown’s road game starts at 7 p.m.
SURRY CENTRAL at SALISBURY
RECORDS: Surry Central (2-3). Salisbury (1-4).
LAST MEETING: Salisbury won, 14-10, in a first-round playoff game in 2014. The Hornets played that one at Ludwig Stadium, and it was the 8 vs. 9 matchup. Will Steinman had 10 catches for 145 yards, Antwond Glenn had a rushing TD, and Darius Jackson scored on a fumble return.
THE SERIES: Hornets lead, 1-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Steinman, Glenn and Jackson are still around for the Hornets.
Fullback Eric Ramirez is a workhorse running back for Surry Central’s Eagles.
OUTLOOK: While Salisbury has lost four in a row, Surry Central has won two in a row. Surry Central actually beat Mount Airy last week, the first time that’s happened since 1998. Surry Central’s defense stopped Mount Airy five times on fourth down.
Salisbury will have a speed advantage and the Hornets have to be hungry to beat someone.
It shapes up as a defensive struggle, but maybe Salisbury can score on defense or special teams.
PREDICTION: Salisbury 13, Surry Central 7
SOUTH ROWAN at WEST ROWAN
RECORDS: South (0-4, 0-2 SPC). West Rowan (3-1, 2-0 SPC).
LAST MEETING: West struggled to beat South, 21-13, in 2014. Trey Littlejohn scored on a blocked punt for the Raiders to make things interesting.
THE SERIES: West has won 14 in a row to take a 22-21-1 lead in the all-time series. South hasn’t won since 2000 and hasn’t won in Mount Ulla since 1995.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: South Rowan punter Marshall Long and kicker Brennan Lambert have been as good as advertised. Lambert has kicked field goals of 50 and 51 yards and his kickoffs are automatic touchbacks. Unfortunately for South, he may only get to kick off once.
West Rowan QB Kacey Otto is second in the county in passing and fourth in rushing. West running back Jovon Quarles and defensive linemen Devin Turner and Dearius Phillips are coming off strong outings.
OUTLOOK: While South played commendably in a 19-0 loss to Concord last week, West’s speed, size and strength should make this a routine SPC win for the Falcons. South lost to Northwest Cabarrus, and West demolished Northwest.
PREDICTION: West Rowan 35, South Rowan 10
R.J. REYNOLDS at DAVIE
RECORDS: R.J. Reynolds (3-2, 0-0 CPC). Davie (2-3, 0-0 CPC).
LAST MEETING: Davie romped 49-7 in 2014.
THE SERIES: Davie has crushed the Demons five straight times since RJR won in 2009. Davie leads the series, 19-13.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Davie QB Chris Reynolds has thrown for 995 yards, and receiver Ben Ellis had 30 catches for 504 yards and nine touchdowns. Linebacker James Boyle headlines Davie’s defense.
Jake Lang, a mobile QB, leads the Demons. He had three rushing TDs against Walkertown.
OUTLOOK: Davie is on an upswing and a rejuvenated defense has shut down the run the last two weeks. Reynolds was down 35-0 at halftime against Glenn last week.
It’s homecoming in Mocksville, and it’s a must-win if Davie is going to be a playoff team. The War Eagles should get it.
PREDICTION: Davie 34, R.J. Reynolds 21
A.L. BROWN at NORTH MECKLENBURG
RECORDS: A.L. Brown (4-0, 0-0 MECKA). North Meck (4-1, 0-0 MECKA)
LAST MEETING: The Wonders rolled, 33-12 in 2014.
THE SERIES: The Wonders also won at North Meck, 30-14, in 2013 and lead the series 2-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Damon Johnson and backs Jayln Cagle and Sandon McCoy are a potent offensive trio for the Wonders.
OUTLOOK: North Meck’s loss was a tight one to Lake Norman. Four straight wins have followed, including last week’s overtime victory against Rocky River.
The Wonders are coming off a bye week and are eager to prove they can contend in a league that appears to be deeper and stronger than ever.
PREDICTION: A.L. Brown 28, North Meck 14
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