High School Football: Busy Schedule on a Most Unusual Thursday – Salisbury Post

By MikeLondon

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SALISBURY — It’s Thursday night varsity football for local teams.

Exceptions are East Rowan, which picked an ideal week to open – and AL Brown.

The Wonders, who are celebrating their homecoming, have postponed Cox Mill’s visit to Memorial Stadium to Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Games started moving forward as early as Monday of this week. It was fairly easy for athletic directors to make decisions after reviewing the forecast and seeing a very massive Hurricane Ian making its way north.

Heavy and widespread rain is expected through Friday.

While this week’s talk was mostly about hurricanes, tonight’s talk is very interesting games on the soccer fields.

West Rowan is based in northwest Cabarrus, where the Falcons could face one of their toughest fights in their quest for a conference championship. Northwest Cabarrus is 5-1, at least the same record as the Falcons. This is the game of the week. WSAT radio will be there.

West’s drought, which won the conference, dates back to 2011, although that’s a long way from the county’s driest period. Carson, which opened in 2006, has yet to win a conference title. South Rowan has not won a conference championship (or co-championship) since 2001. The East Rowan football famine dates back to 1997, when the Mustangs famously shared conference laurels with a strong Concord roster and a state championship-winning AL Brown team.

North Rowan will enjoy the homecoming celebrations tonight. The last week of September is usually a perfect time for homecomings and queens and kings, with the hot weather in the rearview mirror and the cold weather to come.

East Davidson is no weak homecoming opponent and doesn’t appear to be an automatic win for the Cavaliers, who are still licking their wounds. They were pretty thoroughly thrashed by Thomasville last week in a game many people thought North could win.

The Golden Eagles, who have won three games overall, romped in their only Central Carolina Conference game to date. Fans may also remember that East Davidson put North Rowan into overtime last season before losing.

Carson is returning to action after an open week and respect for Carson has skyrocketed over the past two weeks. A lot more people believe in the Cougars after their 34-31 loss to West Rowan than they did in the Cougars before that setback. Nobody says Carson can win the South Piedmont Conference, but many think third place is definitely possible and some think second place is doable.

We’re going to find out a whole lot about perceptions and realities tonight when the Cougars play Concord’s Spiders on the new turf at EZ Smith Field at Bailey Stadium.

It doesn’t seem like the concord of 2021 as the Spiders went undefeated in SPC, but they’re still 2-0 in the league and they’re still the champions until someone proves them wrong.

If Carson proves them wrong tonight, it will be the Cougars’ first time beating the Spiders.

South Rowan plays at Central Cabarrus. The Raiders’ struggles over the past five weeks are well documented, but Central Cabarrus, who also have a win to their credit, is a team for the Raiders to compete with.

Salisbury, who have won five straight games, should prevail at Denton with South Davidson.

I’m not sure what JyMikaah Wells can do for an encore after last week’s school record with six touchdowns against West Davidson, but maybe he’ll get seven this week.

Everyone agrees that South Davidson has improved compared to last season, but the Wildcats were the surprising casualty last week as Lexington suffered a 29-game losing streak.

Salisbury (5-1, 2-0) v South Davidson (3-3, 0-2), tonight, 7:30 p.m

It could be a game to remember for Wells. Despite missing basically two games this season, he has 851 rushing yards. His third 1,000-yard season is on the horizon.

He has reached as many as 4,293 in his career and has moved past West Rowan legend Wade Moore to seventh on the county’s all-time rushing yards list.

Well’s next touchdown will break the school record. He has 58 and is level with Romar Morris.

QB Mike Geter celebrated his 17th birthday this week, and appropriately he has 17 touchdowns – nine rushing, eight passing.

As for Salisbury’s defense, a shutout in this Central Carolina Conference 1A/2A game is a reasonable goal.

Salisbury played 64-0 last season and are favored by 42 points tonight.

East Davidson (3-2, 1-0) at North Rowan (4-2, 1-1) tonight, 7:30 p.m

North Rowan is a 13-point favorite with a 67 percent chance of winning this Central Carolina Conference game, according to Massey Ratings.

It’s an important home game for the Cavaliers, a potential turning point in their season after being mistreated by Thomasville last week.

There wasn’t much going on for the Cavaliers last week. They couldn’t run it for the first time this season, allowing two 100-yard rushers.

Jeremiah Alford threw his eighth and ninth TD passes of the season, one going to record holder Amari McArthur.

North has won 17 of 21 encounters with the Golden Eagles, including last season’s 33-32 game with two overtimes.

East Davidson’s last win in the series was in 2008.

South Rowan (1-5, 0-2) vs. Central Cabarrus (1-4, 0-1) tonight, 7 p.m

South has dropped 126 points over the past two weeks, so it’ll be looking to get more stops against a South Piedmont Conference opponent who’s been pretty unstoppable.

South was still in the game at halftime with West Rowan last week, losing two touchdowns but ultimately getting blown out 61-20.

One bright spot was quarterback Brooks Overcash. He completed 10 of 23 passes for 156 yards and two TDs.

Trae Rucker had one career game for the Raiders, batting for 115 yards on 23 carries. Sophomore Conner Richards made 10 tackles.

Central Cabarrus is favored by about three touchdowns.

It was an interesting series. South won the first 10 meetings. The Vikings have won the last seven, including a 29-12 decision in 2021.

West Rowan (5-1, 2-0) at NW Cabarrus (5-1, 2-0), tonight, 7 p.m

Plenty of history for this South Piedmont Conference duel, including West’s win in a late-season undefeated duel in 2005 and a 2007 game that included 339 rushing yards and six TDs by West defender KP Parks.

West has been responsible for many famous streaks this century — 44 straight district wins, 46 straight overall wins, and three straight 3A championships being the most famous — but West also has a streak against Northwest Cabarrus. West have beaten the Trojans 12 times in a row so the Falcons have every reason to be confident about tonight’s showdown, even away from home.

West defeated the Trojans 41-6 in 2021 and leads the all-time streak 21-7.

Northwest haven’t beaten the Falcons since 2002.

West put on more big numbers in last week’s win against South Rowan. Adrian Stockton had two touchdowns on a reception and a kickoff return. The Falcons ended up putting the ball down seven times, including three more touchdowns from Evan Kennedy. Kennedy has nine rushing TDs for the season. Lucas Graham has eight touchdown passes.

Led by former Catawba wide receiver Eric Morman, Northwest throws the ball efficiently and drives a spirited pace with no crowding or rushing, putting the Falcons’ pass frenzy and pass coverage to the test.

West has played a more difficult schedule. The Falcons are favored by 12 points.

Carson (1-4, 0-1) at Concord (2-3, 2-0) tonight, 7 p.m

Carson is 0-6 against the Spiders. That’s the first number that pops out of the stat sheet.

Carson’s losses to Concord include one in the 2010 playoffs. That 30-21 loss ended the season for the best team Carson has ever fielded.

Concord started this season with three really ugly out-of-conference losses, but has recorded South Piedmont Conference wins over East Rowan and Central Cabarrus in the past two weeks and is tied for first place with West Rowan and Northwest Cabarrus.

Carson has played a challenging schedule, including Statesville and Robinson, and almost beat West Rowan last time out.

Michael Guiton has completed 49 passes for the Cougars for 633 yards. Carson got good production out of receivers CJ Guida, Jay Howard and Emory Taylor.

Jay McGruder directed Carson’s ground play.

Concord defeated the Cougars 27-7 last season, although Carson didn’t look overwhelmed.

The Cougars had two weeks to prepare.

Concord is a 9-point favorite. The Massey Ratings give Carson a 35 percent chance of causing a stir.

Reagan (3-2, 1-1) vs. Davie (2-3, 1-1) tonight, 7 p.m

Davie and Reagan are part of the four-team cluster of teams at the 1-1 Central Piedmont Conference.

The winner will share second place as the league’s two unbeaten teams, East Forsyth and Mount Tabor, go head-to-head tonight.

Davie and Reagan were both trampled to dust by senior East Forsyth.

Reagan’s Raiders from Pfafftown are a 7-point favorite on the road tonight.

Both teams won the series in 2021. Reagan won the fall matchup 52-14. Davie won 49-40 in spring 2021, the season delayed by months by COVID.

Cox Mill (4-2, 1-1) at AL Brown (3-2, 0-2), Monday 6:30 p.m

The Wonders are hoping for a dry homecoming and have postponed this game. The Greater Metro Conference competition is considered a toss-up.

Both teams are good, but in a strong conference they could only be midfield.

Cox Mill destroyed several opponents (including 5-1 Northwest Cabarrus), but the Chargers lost to Mooresville in the GMC, while the Wonders lost games to Hickory Ridge and Lake Norman.

The Wonders got off to a strong start on their two GMC losses but couldn’t keep the momentum going in the second half.

This is basically a must for both teams if they want to play a role in the league.

Cox Mill won a 16-3 defensive battle last season.

The Wonders have a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series.

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