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Capsules: Previews, predictions for Week 3 of high school football

Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, N.C. 9/5/2019 By Joe Hughes jhughes@gastongazette.com, Gaston Gazette
a group of people playing football on a field: Kendall Corry runs with the ball as Hunter Huss hosted Rocky River in Friday night high school football. [Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette] © Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette/Gaston Gazette/TNS Kendall Corry runs with the ball as Hunter Huss hosted Rocky River in Friday night high school football. [Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette]

Diving into Week 3's high school football offerings in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties.

Albemarle at Mountain Island Charter

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Raptor Stadium, Mount Holly

Records: Albemarle is 0-2, Mountain Island Charter is 1-1

The word: Mountain Island Charter looks to win its second in a row, following an 80-0 win over Christ the King. Eight different Raptors scored touchdowns in last week's contest. Running back Elijah Burris needs 114 yards to set a new Gaston County record for career rushing yards. Albemarle comes in seeking its first win of the season. The Bulldogs scored twice on special teams last week, but only mustered 187 yards of total offense in a 36-20 loss to West Stanly.

Prediction: Mountain Island Charter, 28-20

Clover at South Point

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Lineberger Stadium, Belmont

Records: Clover is 2-0, South Point is 1-1

The word: Game is being dubbed the "Patriotism Bowl," with military vehicle displays, helicopter flyovers, a parachute jump and other festivities to celebrate the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. Clover has scored 106 points through two games. Wideout Jaylin Lane has 14 catches for 351 yards and four touchdowns thus far. South Point welcomes wideout and North Carolina commit Ray Rose to the fold after missing two games with an injured shoulder. Red Raiders fullback Naseem Jones has rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.

a group of football players on a field: Crest players take the field prior to their matchup with South Point earlier this season. © Brian Mayhew / Special to the Gazette and Star/Gaston Gazette/TNS Crest players take the field prior to their matchup with South Point earlier this season.

Prediction: Clover, 24-17

Crest at Burns

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Ron Greene Stadium, Lawndale

Records: Crest is 2-0, Burns is 1-1

The word: Crest leads the all-time series with Cleveland County rival Burns, 40-11-1. After a hard-fought win to start the season, the Chargers cruised with a 47-0 win over T.C. Roberson. Crest racked up 451 yards of total offense, doing so with a balanced attack. Burns used a similar formula last Friday in its 54-22 win over Asheville. Quarterback Cam'Ron Sweezy threw for 232 yards and four touchdowns, along with a 30-yard touchdown run.

Prediction: Crest, 27-17

Cherryville at West Lincoln

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Douglas C. Leonhardt Stadium, Vale

Records: Cherryville is 1-1, West Lincoln is 1-0

The word: A series dating back to 1977, West Lincoln leads 25-17 - which includes wins in each of the past seven meetings. In coach Darren Ponder's first game, the Rebels rushed for 466 yards en route to a 52-13 win over Draughn. Canon Bridges accounted for 269 of those rushing yards and five touchdowns in that victory. Cherryville counters with a bellcow of its own in running back Jayden Blanton, who through two weeks has rushed for 268 yards and four touchdowns.

Prediction: West Lincoln, 31-16

East Gaston at Stuart Cramer

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Stuart Cramer Stadium, Cramerton

Records: East Gaston is 0-1, Stuart Cramer is 1-1

The word: Each of the nearby rivals are coming off a loss - East Gaston a Week 1 setback to North Gaston, Stuart Cramer's coming last week at Fort Mill Catawba Ridge. Both will look to establish their respective running games. K.J. Dagout will get the lion's share of the carries for East Gaston, while Stuart Cramer has spread carries around a bit more. Four players have at least 15 carries through two games for the Storm, who are averaging 3.7 yards per carry.

Prediction: Stuart Cramer, 17-13

East Lincoln at Ashbrook

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Eccles Field, Gastonia

Records: East Lincoln is 1-0, Ashbrook is 0-1

The word: Ashbrook opens its 2019 home slate with a visit from East Lincoln. The Green Wave have taken five of six all-time meetings between the teams, including a 30-14 win a season ago. Ashbrook looks to rebound from a 28-6 loss at A.L. Brown in which it lost four fumbles. On the other hand, a dominant third quarter handed East Lincoln a 41-7 win. Jeremiah Jones caught a 27-yard touchdown pass and intercepted another in his team's win a week ago.

Prediction: Ashbrook, 24-21

Forestview at Bessemer City

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Jack Dixon Stadium, Bessemer City

Records: Forestview is 0-2, Bessemer City is 0-1

The word: Two teams seeking to get a win on the scoreboard for the season meet in Bessemer City on Friday. Forestview has stepped up in weight class each of the past two weeks, losing to Northwest Cabarrus and Clover. Four Jaguars already have double-digit tackles (Gabe Duff, Camury Reid, Jaycob Neely and Brian Moore). Bessemer City returns to the gridiron following an early bye week. The Yellow Jackets had 166 total yards and committed five turnovers in their Week 1 loss to Chase.

Prediction: Forestview, 31-17

Hunter Huss at Vance

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Cougar Stadium, Charlotte

Records: Both teams are 1-0

The word: Hunter Huss opened the season with a 7-3 victory over Rocky River. The Huskies forced six turnovers, including Darius Williamson's interception return for the game-winning score. Competition ramps up a bit this week with Class 4AA runner-up Vance, who downed Heritage 35-7 in its opener. The status of Hunter Huss quarterback Zo Wallace is questionable, this after he missed his team's opener with an ankle injury.

Prediction: Vance, 24-14

Lincolnton at North Gaston

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Trudnak Stadium, Dallas

Records: Lincolnton is 0-2, North Gaston is 1-1

The word: Both teams are looking to get their respective offenses back on track after being shutout a week ago. Lincolnton hung with South Point for 48 minutes before losing 14-0. The Wolves played much of it without starting quarterback E.J. Manjarres, hurt on a hard tackle in the first half against the Red Raiders. Freshman Reid King will likely get the snaps under center for Lincolnton. North Gaston looks to rebound following a lackluster night on offense, being limited to 130 yards in its loss to Polk County.

Prediction: Lincolnton, 17-14

North Lincoln at West Caldwell

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Thuss Stadium, Lenoir

Records: North Lincoln is 1-1, West Caldwell is 0-2

The word: Following a disappointing overtime loss at Parkwood, North Lincoln exploded for 57 points in a rout of East Rutherford. Through two games, Knight quarterbacks Landon Beard and Jack Carter have combined to go 8-for-9 with 228 yards and three touchdowns. Three North Lincoln backs (Carter, Jake Soorus and Ty Williams) have rushed for more than 100 yards. West Caldwell has allowed 112 points in losses to South Caldwell and North Wilkes. The Warriors are averaging 138 yards per game on offense.

Prediction: North Lincoln, 38-10

T.C. Roberson at Kings Mountain

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: John Gamble Stadium, Kings Mountain

Records: T.C. Roberson is 0-2, Kings Mountain is 2-0

The word: Kings Mountain officially debuts its new synthetic FieldTurf playing surface, installation recently completed after the project began earlier this summer. The Mountaineers overcame an early bout with the turnover bug to take a 35-20 win over Monroe. Defensively, Kings Mountain has been stout thus far, allowing less than 150 yards in both games. T.C. Roberson looks to avoid being shutout in consecutive games.

Prediction: Kings Mountain, 35-10

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