Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Top 10 Games of the Week for Week 2

It’s week 2 of the 2012 high school football season and fans and teams are looking forward to Friday night.  We’re changing things up this year and highlighting the top ten games to see each week.  If you can’t make it to one of these games this Friday, be sure to go out and support your local team.

Carolina Gridiron Top Ten Games of the Week

10. Cummings at Eastern Alamance

Both of these Alamance County teams have played for state titles in recent years and each had dominating wins in Week 1.  Eastern Alamance was able to balance a potent offense with a stingy defense in their 59-6 win over Cedar Ridge while Cummings took down West Montgomery 47-24.

9. West Johnston at South Johnston

Four of the last five games between these Johnston County rivals have been settled by a touchdown or less.  Coach Shane Duler and the Trojans look to avenge last year’s 39-33 loss to West Johnston.

8. Lincolnton at South Point

The Wolves fought a defensive battle against Maiden last week, winning 9-7. South Point is coming off a 34-21 win over private school power Providence Day.  These two teams are known for giving each other their best in this matchup of option-offense teams.

7. Statesville at South Iredell

The Greyhounds have BCS level talent on both sides of the ball in Carlis Parker and Breon Borders and look to take down the 2A power Vikings, who defeated 4A Lake Norman in Week 1.  South Iredell coach Scott Miller has a star of his own on defense in LB LaChaston Smith

6. Ardrey-Kell at Marvin Ridge

These two relatively new schools, located only six miles apart, have developed quite the rivalry in the past three years with two games coming down to the last play of the game.  Coach Scott Chadwick’s Mavericks took down East Mecklenburg 38-7 last week with a freshman and sophomore splitting snaps at quarterback.

5. Asheville at Hendersonville

The Cougars have been one of the most consistent teams in the 3A ranks over the last decade, reaching the regional finals five times in that span.  1A Hendersonville took down 3A West Henderson 21-0 in Week 1.

4. West Rowan at Davie County

Davie is coming off a big win over defending 4AA champ Greensboro Page.  West Rowan won last year’s matchup 45-32 on their way to their fourth straight 3A title game appearance.  Davie is big on the lines and returns players on both sides of the ball.

3. New Bern at Havelock
The Bears travel down US-70 to take on defending 3A champion Havelock in this matchup. New Bern looks to prove that last year’s 51-28 loss to the Rams was a fluke as they seek to return to top status among eastern 4A teams.  Havelock beat 4A Greenville Rose 48-14 last week.

2. Cardinal Gibbons at Cary

Questions about Cardinal Gibbons’ defense were answered last week as the Crusaders took down Clayton 20-15.  This week, the Cary Imps are the opponent and they are looking to build off a 21-7 win over Broughton in Week 1.  Both teams look to compete for their respective conference championships.

1. Page at Northern Guilford

This matchup of two defending state champions leads the way for games in Week 2.  Northern Guilford, winners of the last two 3AA state championships, are out to earn number three behind the running of T.J. Logan.  Logan, who has already committed to North Carolina, ran for over 2400 yards last year and 38 scores. Trying to stop him will be a Page defense that must get over last week’s loss to fellow 4A power Davie.  The Pirates’ coach Kevin Gillespie will look to find a way to improve on last week’s 14 point showing and much of that burden will be on the shoulders of QB Jordan Putnam.  An advantage for Putnam will be the experience of the offensive line protecting him.  This has the makings of an epic matchup and should be a lot closer than last year’s 35-14 win by Page.