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Greyhounds at Wildcats

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Statesville 1-0; Lake Norman 1-0

Last week: In Monday’s makeup game, Statesville outscored Hickory 26-0 in the third quarter to pull away for a 40-12 win. Chavion Smith rush for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and Caylon Imes rushed for three scores; Kris Petroski rushed 31- and 27-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter to offset Cox Mill’s two fourth-quarter TDs, and Lake Norman prevailed 34-22.

Last year’s meeting: One safety. That was the difference, as Lake Norman triumphed 2-0.

Outlook: If Week 1 was any indication, it’s highly unlikely this rematch will be as low scoring as 2018.

The Wildcats ran the ball 54 times and only threw 10 passes in the season opener. The Greyhounds defense will probably force them to be at least a little more balanced.

Statesville is still stewing over the 2-0 shutout last year. The Wildcats are better, though, and this has the potential to be a statement game for them.

Vikings at Warriors

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: South Iredell 0-1; West Iredell 1-0

Last week: South Iredell allowed Cuthbertson to return a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns as part of a 28-point third quarter. The Vikings lost 34-20; West Iredell intercepted five passes Monday and routed Atkins 42-0 in the teams’ makeup game. William Barber returned two of those INTs for touchdowns, tying the NCHSAA record for a single game.

Last year’s meeting: Ty Everhart threw five touchdown passes and the Vikings scored 35 straight points in the second quarter on their way to a 54-7 victory.

Outlook: This might be West Iredell’s best chance to pick up its first win in this series since 2009, the year before Scott Miller took over as South Iredell head coach.

The Warriors ride a stellar defensive performance, albeit against an inferior opponent, into their home opener. South Iredell’s offense isn’t as high-powered as it’s been in recent years either but the Vikings absolutely present more challenges than Atkins.

This should be a fun game to watch.

Raiders at Falcons

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: North Iredell 0-1; Forbush 1-0

Last week: The Raiders took the lead with 1:15 left on Hunter Bolden’s 15-yard touchdown reception from Joe Gaither. Wilkes Central scored on a 70-yard reverse pass play with 42 seconds remaining to win 15-12; Forbush went on the road and shut out West Wilkes 24-0.

Last year’s meeting: Donya’ Stevenson scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The 41-yarder with 2:18 remaining propelled North Iredell to a 28-22 victory.

Outlook: Losing the season opener in the fashion North Iredell did can cripple the spirits of a team hungry for progress. How will the Raiders respond?

It might depend on how they fare against 6-foot, 175-pound running back Luke Bennett. The sophomore rushed for 158 yards in the Falcons’ opener. He averaged 12 yards per carry. Quarterback Casey Graham completed only six passes but two went for touchdowns so North Iredell can’t overplay the run.

Titans at Blue Devils

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: West Forsyth 1-0; Mooresville 1-0

Last week: The Titans throttled Greensboro Dudley, 42-13; Mooresville pitched a shutout, beating West Rowan 10-0.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play

Outlook: Talk about your early-season tests. This is it for the Blue Devils.

West Forsyth’s runaway win in the season opener was against a Dudley program that reached the third round of the 3AA state playoffs a year ago and featured three players on the 2019 Carolina Gridiron Preseason All-Gridiron Team.

The Titans had two running backs combine for over 200 yards and five touchdowns in Week 1. G’Mone Wilson scored four of them.

Mooresville’s offense will probably need to be more productive here in order to keep up.

Knights at Pride

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Lake Norman Charter 0-1; Pine Lake Prep 1-0

Last week: SouthLake Christian thumped the Knights 55-16; Sophomore Brendan Miller and freshman Nick Reid combined to complete 7 of 11 passes. They covered on 101 yards, but five of them went for touchdowns. The Pride won 46-0 over Quality Education Academy.

Last year’s meeting: The Knights built a 21-0 halftime lead and went on to win 28-14.

Outlook: This promises to be a tougher test than last week for the Pride, who earned a win for Austin Trotter in his debut as head coach.

It’s worth noting that Trotter left his role as an assistant coach at Lake Norman Charter to take the reins at Pine Lake Prep. How will he fare against his former team?

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