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Wildcats at Vikings

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Lake Norman 1-1; South Iredell 1-1

Last week: The wheels fell off in the third quarter for Lake Norman and a 14-14 tie at halftime ended up being a 34-21 loss to Statesville; The Vikings rebounded from a season-opening loss to shut out West Iredell 25-0.

Last year’s meeting: Ty Everhart ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Vikings led 17-0 in the fourth before giving up a late touchdown and a safety, but they prevailed 17-8.

Outlook: Lake Norman hits the road for the first time this season. It’s a rivalry game in Viking Valley.

The team that best controls the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball stands the greatest chance to win.

Assignment football is a must for the South Iredell defense as it prepares to tangle with the Wildcats’ triple option.

Vikings at Raiders

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: North Wilkes 2-0; North Iredell 0-2

Last week: The Vikings won for the second time in as many home games, throttling West Caldwell 52-14; The Raiders took 10 hits for losses and gave up seven sacks in a 28-16 loss at Forbush.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play.

Outlook: The Raiders had trouble defending the run last week, giving up a combined 317 yards to two Forbush ball carriers. That doesn’t bode well against North Wilkes senior running back Dylan Church, who is averaging 195 yards per game by himself.

North Iredell’s defense has to be able to get off the field and the offense must sustain some drives if the Raiders hope to pick up the first win of the season.

Greyhounds at Cougars

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Statesville 2-0; Alexander Central 2-0

Last week: Nebanye Moore threw two touchdown passes to Jasaiah Gathings and Chavion Smith rushed for three touchdowns as Statesville turned back Lake Norman 34-21; Alexander Central chewed up 258 yards on the ground, led by Steven Montgomery, who had 114 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. The Cougars scored two TDs in the second half to prevail 28-12 over Wilkes Central.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play.

Outlook: This is the final night of a three-game road trip to begin the season for the Greyhounds and it should resemble, in a few ways, the previous opponent. Like Lake Norman, the Cougars offense is based upon the triple option. They focus on the run and try to catch you off guard with the pass.

If the Statesville defense that showed up in the second half of the Lake Norman game shows up here a 3-0 start is a real possibility for the Greyhounds.

Blue Devils at War Eagles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Mooresville 1-1; Davie County 2-0

Last week: The Blue Devils stumbled mightily against touted West Forsyth, losing 49-7; Nate Hampton completed 18 of 27 passes for 340 yards with four touchdowns to as many receivers as Davie County downed North Davidson 42-31.

Last year’s meeting: A.J. Stewart returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown after Mooresville fell behind 13-0. Devan Joslin returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, and quarterback Hunter DeBerardino threw three TD passes. The Blue Devils triumphed 52-32.

Outlook: Are these two squads destined for another high-scoring affair?

Not sure. What is more certain is that the Blue Devils can expect to have to defend against the pass a little more in their first road game.

Running back Tate Carney already has two 100-plus yard games, so he makes the War Eagles more than one dimensional.

Gladiators at Lions

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Gladiator Sports Academy 0-1; Statesville Christian 0-2

Last week: The Lions had an open date on the schedule; GSA was unable to score in a 55-0 loss to Andrews.

Last year’s meeting: Dylan Sutton kicked a 27-yard, go-ahead field goal in the second quarter and Josiah Edwards added a 2-yard TD run as Statesville Christian prevailed 10-2.

Outlook: The Lions have had two weeks to lick their wounds following their second loss to begin the season, a 26-16 defeat at the hands of Victory Christian.

They should be eager to get back on the field to face a beatable opponent.

Pride at Lions

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Covenant Day 0-2; Pine Lake Prep 2-0

Last week: Covenant Day was shut out 42-0 by Charlotte Country Day; McAulay Maddox’s 3-yard TD catch from Nick Reid propelled the Pride to a 20-14 overtime win over Lake Norman Charter.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play.

Outlook: Pine Lake Prep has proven it can win at home under first-year head coach Austin Trotter. Now the Pride gets a chance to do the same away from home confines, affectionately known as ‘The Grey.’

On paper, the first road game looks quite winnable. Covenant Day has yet to score in two games during which time it gave up a combined 79 points, albeit against bigger, more established Charlotte private schools Latin and Country Day.

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