Ledford, East ride high into showdown
It’s been a while since Ledford and East Davidson have met with both teams playing quite well. So, while earning bragging rights is great, earning bragging rights and a big early-season win are even better.
The Panthers (2-1) are coming off a big 41-35 win in overtime against Southwest Guilford. Quarterback Bubba White and backs George Melvin and Dalton Harris made huge impacts in helping them to their best start since 2008.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles (3-0) are off to their best start as well since 1998, as quarterback Austin Wallace had a big game in helping rally his team past Central Davidson 28-21, with East overcoming a 14-point deficit late.
Ledford has won the last six meetings, dating back to the teams’ back-to-back meetings to end the regular season and begin the playoffs in 2007. It has also won nine of 10 in the series between county rivals.
Next week, the Panthers are off, while East visits Wheatmore.
GRIMSLEY AT HIGH POINT CENTRAL
Records: Grimsley (2-1), High Point Central (3-0)
Last week: Grimsley lost 42-7 against T.W. Andrews; High Point Central won 40-13 against Thomasville
What’s at stake: The Bison look to go 4-0 for the first time since 2004. The Whirlies had sizeable wins against Ragsdale and Southern Guilford to open the season but were outmatched last week against Andrews. The Bison have plenty of talent and tons of potential, if they limit their mistakes. They were in a similar position last year and lost by one. But this may be the week to move past all that and cement their confidence.
Next week: Grimsley hosts Mount Tabor; High Point Central hosts West Forsyth
WESTERN GUILFORD AT SOUTHWEST GUILFORD
Records: Western Guilford (0-3); Southwest Guilford (1-2)
Last week: Western Guilford lost 27-13 against Ben L. Smith; Southwest Guilford lost 41-35 in overtime against Ledford
What’s at stake: The Cowboys were so close last week to picking up a big win but just couldn’t quite pull it out. If they can win this week, get back to .500 and regain some confidence after two tough losses, that would be a big step in the right direction. They still have two more nonconference games against 4A opponents, so these next three weeks will be challenging heading into conference play.
Next week: Western Guilford hosts R.J. Reynolds; Southwest Guilford hosts Southern Alamance
HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN AT SOUTHLAKE CHRISTIAN
Records: High Point Christian (2-1); SouthLake Christian (2-0)
Last week: High Point Christian won 38-12 against Wake Christian; SouthLake Christian won 43-7 against Christ School
What’s at stake: The Cougars have fought injuries the last few games, but they’ve had a number of players step up and fill in well. That’s been huge both in winning last week and gaining confidence, because few things pump up a team more than overcoming adversity. This week is their CPFC opener against a good team. So, if they can continue to recover while also playing well, that’s a tremendous step in the right direction.
Next week: High Point Christian visits First Assembly; SouthLake Christian hosts Hickory Grove Baptist
WHEATMORE AT BISHOP McGUINNESS
Records: Wheatmore (0-3), Bishop McGuinness (2-1)
Last week: Wheatmore lost 33-7 against Southwestern Randolph; Bishop McGuinness won 31-28 against Alleghany
What’s at stake: Things have quite clicked yet for Warriors. As a 2A school with a new coach, they’ve faced a 2A team and two 3A teams to start the year. This week is a great opportunity to continue to improve, execute well and pick up their first win. On the other side, the Villains got a big boost last week with a last-minute win against Alleghany. This is also a great opportunity to keep building and moving in the right direction.
Next week: Wheatmore hosts East Davidson; Bishop McGuinness visits South Stokes
GLENN AT R.J. REYNOLDS
Records: Glenn (1-2); R.J. Reynolds (0-3)
Last week: Glenn lost 21-14 against Reagan; R.J. Reynolds lost 23-12 against Ashe County
What’s at stake: The Bobcats, after losing two tough ones in a row, are looking to get back on track. They have a very challenging nonconference schedule designed to prepare them for the difficult Piedmont Triad 4A. To go on the road and pick up a win to get back to .500 would be an achievement to build on in the coming weeks — just the kind of thing to keep them motivated for the last two weeks of nonconference play.
Next week: Glenn visits North Davidson; R.J. Reynolds visits Western Guilford
PAGE AT RAGSDALE
Records: Page (1-2); Ragsdale (1-2)
Last week: Page lost 56-14 against Butler; Ragsdale won 26-7 against Northeast Guilford
What’s at stake: The young Tigers have been pushed in their first three games, finally breaking through against Northeast Guilford. And it doesn’t really get any easier from here on out, starting with Page, a formidable opponent despite its record. If they can continue to work hard in practice and execute well enough in games, then they’re very likely to see the results they’ve come to expect — but it’ll be a challenge.
Next week: Page visits East Forsyth; Ragsdale hosts Southeast Guilford
SOUTHERN GUILFORD AT EASTERN RANDOLPH
Records: Southern Guilford (0-3); Eastern Randolph (1-2)
Last week: Southern Guilford lost 22-8 against Southeast Guilford; Eastern Randolph lost 21-0 against Eastern Guilford
What’s at stake: The Storm have struggled with an inexperienced group to start the season. But there’s still a long way to go this season. The biggest thing is that they keep seeing progress. The only solution to inexperience is playing time, and there are only 48 minutes each week to divvy among the team. So, with patience and improvement, they’ll soon see the results upon which they can still build a successful season.
Next week: Southern Guilford hosts Ben L. Smith; Eastern Randolph hosts Jordan-Matthews
TRINITY AT UNION PINES
Records: Trinity (3-0); Union Pines (2-1)
Last week: Trinity won 13-6 against East Montgomery; Union Pines won 28-20 against Providence Grove
What’s at stake: The Bulldogs are looking to go 4-0 for the first time since 2001. They’ve prepared well in starting the season and executed well when they’ve needed to. This week will be a challenge. As a 2A school, they’ve faced two 1A schools and one 2A school. So, against 3A Union Pines, they’ll have to up their game. While a loss certainly wouldn’t be devastating this early in the year, a win would be another big confidence boost.
Next week: Trinity hosts West Davidson; Union Pines hosts Western Harnett
Off: T.W. Andrews, Thomasville