High school football: road trips for Rowan’s teams – Salisbury Post
By Mike London
SALISBURY – It will be one of the quietest October Fridays in Rowan County football history.
There are no home games for Rowan. Not one. It is very unusual.
To add to the silence, North Rowan and West Rowan are on leave this week.
It was West’s opening date at the start of the season. Then the Falcons had planned a road trip to the still talented Monroe to replace the Salisbury game that had not been played on Opening Night.
But West-Monroe didn’t happen. Monroe has experienced COVID issues, and it wasn’t worth the risk of a non-conference game. Not with the Falcons tied for first place in the Southern Piedmont Conference. West returns to action on October 15 at home against Central Cabarrus, and if the Falcons can handle it, the trip to Concord, also undefeated in the SPC, will be huge on October 22.
For North, open house week comes at an ideal time, after a physical victory in two overtime at East Davidson.
North will return to action for what should be routine Central Carolina Conference wins over West Davidson and Lexington before the Cavaliers get tangled up with Salisbury in a regular season finale.
Salisbury is on the road Friday. The same goes for East Rowan, South Rowan and Carson.
Even on the road, the Hornets are favored by 36 against a pretty good East Davidson team. That tells you something about the Hornets.
East, South and Carson have a combined 2-15 record, so this line won’t be favored on the road.
Of the three, Carson has the best shot this week. The Cougars play Northwest Cabarrus in the WSAT and WEGO game of the week.
Massey odds give East 8% chance to surprise Central Cabarrus. South is a three TD underdog at Concord.
Carson has a 37% chance of winning at Northwest Cabarrus, who ran headlong into a West Rowan buzz saw last week.
The good news for East, South and Carson fans is that their clashes with each other are still ahead. Someone is going to win them.
All three could really use a win to build confidence right now.
Carson hasn’t won since he hit South Stanly on September 3.
South hasn’t won since their opener against Parkland on August 20.
East hasn’t won since Sammy Pinckney set records against North Iredell in April.
AL Brown has lost three consecutive league games for the first time since the 1970s, but is favored this week at home against West Cabarrus, who played in a makeup match on Tuesday at South Iredell.
After two crushing and resounding losses, Davie is looking to regroup and will seek a road victory at Mount Tabor, but the Spartans who won a state championship in the 3A ranks last spring. They are another quality opponent of the Central Conference of Piedmont.
SALISBURY (6-0, 3-0 CCC) at EAST DAVIDSON (3-3, 1-1 CCC), 7:30 a.m.
East Davidson led North Rowan to two overtime last week, so the Golden Eagles are probably better than they are credited with.
But East Davidson’s power running game – the Golden Eagles are 99% executed – likely won’t succeed against a Salisbury defense that has monsters in the trenches.
Meanwhile, Salisbury’s offense won’t stand under 40, and the Hornets can also suddenly score on defense and special teams.
Salisbury sophomore quarterback Mike Geter was dynamic, to say the least, with 25 touchdowns – 11 assists and 14 rushing. With his combination of quickness and arm strength, he’s blessed to be one of the all-time guys for the Hornets.
JyMikaah Wells is a steamroller and has racked up 11 rushed TDs. Marcus Cook has six TD holds.
As for the defense, well… you know the defense. Taking out East Davidson won’t be easy, but don’t expect the Golden Eagles to score more than once.
East Davidson defeated Salisbury in 2016, but the Hornets have won the last three games, including a 61-0 annihilation in 2019.
Salisbury head coach Brian Hinson will be inducted into the Catawba Sports Hall of Fame on Friday.
CARSON (1-4, 0-2 SPC) to NW CABARRUS (3-4, 2-1 SPC), 7
Northwest Cabarrus is primarily a throwing team and has some outstanding offshore athletes, so Carson’s pass rush and pass defense will be tested.
Carson might be able to move the ball to the ground against the Trojans. West Rowan certainly did this last week.
QB Hunter Burris accounted for a high percentage of Carson’s offense. He has 450 rushing yards.
The Cougars would also like to involve receiver Jay Howard more. Howard’s three catches produced 114 yards.
Northwest has won seven of 10 games and demolished Carson 49-0 in 2019. Carson’s most recent victory in the series dates back to 2015.
ROWAN EST (0-5, 0-2 SPC) to CENTRAL CABARRUS (1-4, 1-1 SPC), 7
East had two weeks to prepare for the Vikings, who looked pretty good as they beat South Rowan last week.
The Center-South final was 29-12, but the Vikings were leading 29-0 at one point. They displayed a productive passing game and competent defense.
At this point, East hasn’t been able to go much further offensively with an offense built around short, quick passes. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense.
Est is 8-23 against Central all-time. In the most recent encounter, the Vikings fought 37-3 in Granite Quarry in 2018. East’s most recent victory over Central was on the road in 2014.
SOUTH ROWAN (1-6, 0-3 SPC) at CONCORD (3-2, 3-0 SPC), 7
Concord was the surprise team at the South Piedmont Conference. The Spiders were supposed to be down, but they used solid options racing and strong defense (former Salisbury head coach Ryan Crowder is the defensive coordinator) to become championship contenders.
Concord is building up huge yards on the ground, so the task of South Rowan’s defense is to slow down the run and force the Spiders to throw some.
South’s offense has been inconsistent, but the Raiders have several talented players. Substitute QB Audric Coe provided a spark last week after coming on in the fourth quarter.
The South must reduce penalties. There were killers last week against Central Cabarrus.
South lost 41-11 to Concord in the last meeting in 2016, the Spiders also won in 2013, 2014 and 2015. South is 10-12-1 against the Spiders, with South’s victories coming in the 1970s and 1980s when the program was still robust. South’s most recent victory in the series dates back to 1984.
DAVIE (4-2, 1-2 CPC) at MOUNT TABOR (3-2, 1-1 CPC), 7
Davie is an underdog on the road against a Mount Tabor team that went 11-0 last spring and won a title. Massey odds give Davie a 45% chance of winning in what should be a great game.
Davie is ranked 34th in the state by MaxPreps, while Mount Tabor is ranked 36th.
Both teams won their Piedmont Central Conference victory over RJ Reynolds. Mount Tabor lost in the league to West Forsyth, 19th, while Davie was beaten by East Forsyth, sixth and Reagan, 13th.
Mount Tabor was sidelined by COVID last week, so keep an eye out for it.
Davie’s most recent encounter with the Spartans was a 35-14 win in 2016. Mount Tabor’s most recent triumph over the War Eagles dates back to 2014.
CABARRUS OUEST (2-4, 1-2 GMC) at AL BROWN (3-3, 0-3 GMC), 7:30 a.m.
AL Brown is favorite to win a home comeback game that should be defensive.
West Cabarrus played on Tuesday of this week (a 21-17 loss to South Iredell), so that must be a huge advantage for the Wonders, who have a 74% chance of winning over Massey Ratings.
Both teams have been better defensively than offensively. AL Brown scored a total of 30 points in his three defeats in the Southern Piedmont Conference.
Both teams fell at Lake Norman. West Cabarrus defeated Cox Mill, a team that won against AL Brown.
AL Brown crushed the Wolverines 47-0 in the spring.