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Warriors at Greyhounds

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: West Iredell 1-1; Statesville 3-0

Last week: West Iredell had an open date; Zamari Stevenson’s 79-yard interception return in the fourth quarter allowed the Greyhounds to pull ahead. They erased a 14-point, third-quarter deficit, scoring the game’s final 28 points to rally for a 49-35 victory.

Last year’s meeting: Nebanye Moore threw four touchdown passes—two of them to Ky’Wuan Dukes—and the Greyhound defense pitched a shutout. Final: Statesville 42, West Iredell 0.

Outlook: Finally, the Greyhounds get to play at home. They opened the season with three consecutive road games.

The Warriors had an extra week to prepare for this rivalry game. Will it matter? Their defense definitely has its work cut out. Statesville is undefeated and scoring in bunches, averaging 41 points per game.

Wildcats at Raiders

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Lake Norman 2-1; North Iredell 0-3

Last week: Quarterback Anthony Limon completed 6 of 7 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns as Lake Norman toppled South Iredell 49-21; North Iredell surrendered one touchdown in each quarter and lost 28-6 to North Wilkes.

Last year’s meeting: Will Gordon returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and Lake Norman cruised to a 39-6 win.

Outlook: The Raiders are struggling and have yet to encounter an opponent of Lake Norman’s caliber.

Throw in the fact coach Jonathan Oliphant encouraged the Wildcats to play with the same chip on their shoulder as the one he saw in the lopsided win over South Iredell and it spells trouble.

North Iredell will have to catch a couple of breaks to have a shot here.

Vikings at Cougars

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: South Iredell 1-2; Alexander Central 2-1

Last week: The Vikings yielded five touchdowns covering 30 or more yards and lost 49-21 to Lake Norman; Alexander Central gave up 28 unanswered points in the second half and lost 49-35 to Statesville.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play.

Outlook: The Vikings see a triple option offense for the second time in as many weeks. It didn’t go well against Lake Norman, although the Wildcats did their biggest damage on long pass plays.

South Iredell can’t afford to give up that many big plays again Friday against an Alexander Central team looking to redeem itself after squandering the chance to knock off Statesville and remain unbeaten.

Blue Devils at Wonders

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Mooresville 1-2; Kannapolis 1-0

Last week: The Blue Devils scored first in overtime. Davie County answered with a touchdown and then got the two-point conversion to beat Mooresville 31-30; The Wonders had an open date.

Last year’s meeting: Hunter DeBerardino threw a 51-yard touchdown pass with 6 minutes, 23 seconds left. That put the Blue Devils ahead and they held on for a 24-21 victory.

Outlook: The Blue Devils should find Kannapolis’ new playing surface to their liking considering they play all of their home games on synthetic field turf.

The Wonders only have one game under their belt. Mooresville is tested and no doubt eager stop a two-game slide. If the Blue Devils can slow Jakhiry Bennett their chances of winning go up. Bennett rushed for 175 yards in Kannapolis’ 28-6 season-opening win over Ashbrook (0-3).

Lions at Hawks

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Statesville Christian 1-3; Hickory Hawks 0-2

Last week: The Lions secured their first win with a 55-12 victory over Gladiator Sports Academy; The Hawks endured a 44-28 loss at the hands of Winston-Salem Prep.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play.

Outlook: Getting that initial taste of victory can work wonders for a team’s psyche.

The Lions can make it two in a row if they channel the positive energy and avoid mistakes against the Hickory Hawks.

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