THE GREAT EIGHT

 

1.  EAST LINCOLN (1-0)

The Mustangs scored 35 points – at least one touchdown in every quarter – to beat East Gaston 35-14 in the opener. The upside was 352 total yards. Downside? Sixteen penalties for 130 yards, but that’s fixable. This week: Q Foundation

 

2. MOORESVILLE (1-0)

The Blue Devils roared into Mount Ulla and slapped 49 points and more than 500 yards on the scoreboard against West Rowan. It’s early, but the balance is there and so apparently is the confidence. This week: No. 4 Hough

 

3. LAKE NORMAN (1-0)

Quarterback Josh Ladowski had a big game. That’s not news anymore, but the Wildcats showed mental toughness by regrouping in the fourth quarter to beat North Mecklenburg last week. This week: No. 7 Hopewell

 

4. HOUGH (1-0)

Coach Miles Adridge won his debut and the Huskies unleashed a new running threat in Bishop Ford (196 yards). The Huskies don’t look to be fancy, but until someone clogs the running game, there’s no need to be. This week: at No. 2 Mooresville

 

5. DAVIDSON DAY (1-0)

Small roster (24 players) didn’t prevent the Patriots from smashing Albemarle, 43-7. Anthony DiGioia threw four touchdown passes in his debut, including two to Glen Coates. This week: at N. Raleigh Christian

 

6. SOUTHLAKE CHRISTIAN (1-0)

The Eagles defense scored twice in a rout against the Carolina Wildcats, an independent team, last week. Nice start for new coach Bobby McLaughlin. This week: Victory Christian

 

7. HOPEWELL (1-0)

OK, Garinger was the appetizer for the Titans, and they handled it as you’d expect (a 40-0 blowout). Now, it’s on to some of the main courses. This week: at No. 3 Lake Norman

 

8. NORTH MECKLENBURG (0-1)

The Vikings showed a lot of moxie, scoring 28 points in a row after falling behind 20-0 to Lake Norman. But a sloppy fourth quarter led to a defeat. This team should improve. This week: at Independence