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Blue Devils at Wildcats

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Mooresville 3-4 (1-2); Lake Norman 4-3 (1-2)

Last week: The Blue Devils took eighth-ranked Vance to overtime before losing 20-14; The Wildcats battled Hough to a scoreless tie at halftime and were tied at 7 in the third quarter before ultimately falling on the road, 21-7.

Last year’s meeting: Hunter DeBerardino threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another TD in the second half as the Blue Devils scored 35 unanswered points to win 38-7.

Outlook: This should be great theatre. It usually is when these crosstown rivals clash.

The Blue Devils’ near upset of Vance had to open a lot of eyes. They are better than their record suggests. The Wildcats are as well. Their current two-game losing streak consists of setbacks against No. 2 Mallard Creek and perennially strong Hough.

Get your popcorn ready.

Raiders at Greyhounds

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: North Iredell 0-7 (0-1); Statesville 7-0 (1-0)

Last week: The Raiders allowed 28 first-quarter points and lost a home nonconference game against St. Stephens, 35-14; Nebanye Moore completed 17 of 21 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns as Statesville opened North Piedmont Conference play with a 33-13 win over South Iredell, which shared the NPC title with Statesville the previous season.

Last year’s meeting: Dorreco Davis’ three touchdown runs led a list of six Statesville scorers, and the Greyhounds romped to a 55-0 victory.

Outlook: It’s Homecoming night in Greyhound Hollow.

Winning and getting to 8-0 shouldn’t be a problem for Statesville, which entered the week No. 8 in the 3A state Maxpreps rankings. The only real question is what the margin of victory will be.

Panthers at Warriors

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Patton 2-5 (1-2); West Iredell 4-3 (2-1)

Last week: Patton pummeled East Burke 49-21; Myles Jackson rushed for two second-half touchdowns as West Iredell topped West Caldwell 30-19.

Last year’s meeting: West Iredell led 7-3 at halftime but yielded 20 unanswered points after the break and lost 23-7.

Outlook: The Warriors are 0-2 in the series since the teams joined the Northwestern Foothills Conference in 2017. But they’ve been close both times. Two years ago, Patton prevailed 23-15 and went on to finish second in the league behind only Hibriten, which won the 2AA state championship to complete a perfect 16-0 season.

For West Iredell to have any legitimate shot of dethroning reigning NWFC champion Hibriten it really must win this game.

Vikings at Falcons

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: South Iredell 2-5 (0-1); West Rowan 4-3 (1-0)

Last week: South Iredell gave up 292 passing yards and were outscored 20-3 in the third quarter of a 33-13 loss to Statesville; The Falcons whipped East Rowan 31-7.

Last year’s meeting: The Vikings trailed by 14 heading to the fourth quarter but rallied to win. Holland Dowdy’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Cullen Smith gave them the lead in the second overtime and Darius Smyre’s interception on the Falcons’ possession clinched a wild 48-41 victory.

Outlook: Beginning with this game, the Vikings need to win out to avoid a rare losing regular season.

This figures to be the toughest of the remaining four games on the schedule. Like them, West Rowan is battled tested.

One common opponent: Davie County. Both the Vikings (31-28) and Falcons (24-21) won that matchup by three points.

A slight edge probably goes to West Rowan since it’s at home.

Fighting Pharaohs at Lions

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Quality Education Academy 0-5; Statesville Christian 2-5

Last week: The Pharaohs lost 46-26 to Advancing Christ Through Sports of Staunton, Va; Statesville Christian had an open date.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play.

Outlook: The season is quickly drawing to a close for the Lions. They have only two games remaining on the schedule.

If the Lions are rested and not rusty from their week off perhaps they secure their second straight victory.

Yellow Jackets at Pride

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Bessemer City 4-3 (4-0); Pine Lake Prep 4-3 (2-2)

Last week: The Yellow Jackets defeated Union Academy 46-20; Pine Lake Prep throttled Highland Tech, winning 53-0.

Last year’s meeting: The teams were tied at 8 following the first quarter. Bessemer City outscored the Pride 19-6 the rest of the way and won 27-14.

Outlook: Bessemer City is running neck and neck with Thomas Jefferson Academy in pursuit of the Southern Piedmont Conference title.

Pine Lake Prep is capable of derailing the Yellow Jackets. The Pride did beat Highland Tech way worse than the Yellow Jackets did. BC won that meeting 36-16.

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