Tuesday, August 28, 2007

5 things about Gaston, Lincoln football

Five things I’ve learned about Gaston and Lincoln football so far this season:
1. Belmont South Point might make a serious run at the Big South 3A/4A title. The Red Raiders need consistent passing from quarterback Desmond Lowery, but South Point should win at least eight games this season.
2. Lincolnton’s Cedric Herndon might be one of the three best running backs in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A, and he doesn’t even start. C.J. Wilson is Lincolnton’s starter, but Herndon’s speed and power will give the Wolves a strong tandem this season.
3. Ashbrook receiver Jheranie Boyd will be hard for Big South 3A/4A defensive backs to cover. He’s 6-foot-2 and knows how to catch the ball in traffic.
4. North Gaston’s offense can overwhelm opponents. The Wildcats are averaging more than 45 points a game, and running back Princeton Brooks had more than 300 yards rushing against Bessemer City last week.
5. Officials are really emphasizing the sideline rule this season. Teams can have three coaches within the 3-yard sideline zone, and that zone extends outside the coaching box to each goal line. I’ve seen officials turn away from game action three times to check whether teams are following the rule during play.
-- Kevin Cary