Comm. School of Davidson (1-0) at Forsyth Co. Day (0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Aug 29

Last meeting: This is the first meeting.

Players to watch: CSD – RB Joey Bernardini, WR Justice Woods, QB Toby Sharp; FCD – QB Darriel Brown, L Daniel Gray

THE SKINNY: Another road test for CSD, which opened with an impressive 27-13 win at Bishop McGuinness last week. Bernardini ran for 169 yards and all four touchdowns, and the defense played well throughout. Forsyth Country Day was riddled for 44 points in its opening-game loss last week. The Furies must tighten up against a CSD offense that likes to control the line of scrimmage and run Bernardini plenty. FCD is fielding a team again after being dormant in 2013.

 

 

Davidson Day (1-0) at N. Raleigh Christian (0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Last meeting: Davidson Day won 68-0 last year.

Players to watch: DD – WR Glen Coates, WR Khalil Moore, LB Chase Monroe; North Raleigh – QB Ryan Rock, DB Tyree Hawkins

THE SKINNY: Davidson Day was in high gear last week, scoring 27 points in its first quarter of the season. Anthony DiGioia threw for four touchdowns and ran for another. Coates caught two scores and ran for a touchdown. Monroe’s 13 tackles, including one for a safety, led the Patriots defense, which was outstanding. North Raleigh Christian allowed 33 points in its opener last week and must improve to prevent another large number from appearing.

 

 

High Point Christian (1-0) at Lake Norman Charter (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Last meeting: Lake Norman Charter won 30-20 last year.

Players to watch: HPC – QB David Norris, WR Malik Streater, RB Aaron Gibson; LNC – WR Jake Young, RB Matt Francomano, RB Neil Baugh

THE SKINNY: The Knights won their opener under new coach Mark Steele, a 14-6 victory against Hickory Grove. High Point did the same with new coach Scott Bell, beating Village Christian 34-7. Lake Norman Charter’s defense was stout last week and the Knights scored on Francomano’s 19-yard touchdown catch and Young’s touchdown run. High Point’s Norris had two scoring passes to Streater. There probably won’t be a lot of points in this one.

 

 

Hopewell (1-0) at Lake Norman (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29

Last meeting: Lake Norman won 41-33 last year.

Players to watch: Hopewell – RB Dimitris Camp, WR Kenyon Taylor, WR Tre Exume; LN – QB Josh Ladowski, LB Eric Warren, DB Trey Read

THE SKINNY: Neither team had trouble scoring in opening games last week. Hopewell scored 40 against hapless Garinger. Camp rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns. Exume caught two scoring passes and Taylor had one. Lake Norman rallied in the fourth quarter to beat North Meck 35-28. Ladowski ran for four touchdowns and threw for a fifth. He’s got a deep pool of receivers to target. This should be a high-scoring affair that tests both defenses from start to finish.

 

 

Hough (1-0) at Mooresville (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29

Last meeting: Hough won 45-14 last year.

Players to watch: Hough – RB Bishop Ford, WR Corey Sutton, LB Christian Young; Mooresville – RB Akease Rankin, QB Tommy Bullock, RB Donshel Jetton

THE SKINNY: Both teams were sharp in their dominant wins in the opener. Each ran the ball well and played strong defensively. Hough’s Ford ran for 189 yards and four touchdowns against Sun Valley. Sutton caught four passes for 52 yards and Young made eight tackles. Mooresville’s balanced offense in a 49-point effort against West Rowan included Rankin’s 156 rushing yards and three scores, Bullock’s 7-of-9 passing for 143 yards and two rushing scores and Jetton’s 89 rushing yards.

 

 

North Meck (0-1) at Independence (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Last meeting: Independence won 42-0 last year.

Players to watch: NM – RB Corey Patton, WR Malik Byrd, WR Kendall Coles; Independence – DB Adonnis Alexander, OL Christian Colon, QB Kelvin Hopkins

THE SKINNY: North Meck was impressive in scoring 28 straight points to take a 28-21 lead against Lake Norman last week, but had too many late mistakes and lost. It did show the Vikings they can play with almost any team. They’ll face a test against Independence, which scored 49 points in its opener. North Meck’s short passing game was effective last week, and Patton showed explosive speed on trap plays. The Vikings need to limit mistakes.

 

 

Pine Lake Prep (1-0) at Atkins (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29

Last meeting: Atkins won 27-20 last year.

Players to watch: PLP – DB Joe Berg, DB Zack Gallant, RB Tysheem Kerns; Atkins – LB Jason Mack, RB James Etter

THE SKINNY: Pine Lake snapped a 10-game losing streak with the first victory in the program’s history last week (6-0 against Vance’s junior varsity). The milestone came in coach Brett Hayford’s debut, and hopefully will be a springboard for the Pride. Pine Lake scored on its first play from scrimmage (Tysheem Kerns’ 45-yard run). Berg and Gallant made interceptions to help preserve the shutout. Atkins, a Winston-Salem school, rolled up 44 points in its opener behind Etter’s three touchdown runs.

 

 

Victory Christian (0-0) at SouthLake Christian (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29

Last meeting: SouthLake won 7-0 in last year’s 2013 state championship game.

Players to watch: VC – WR Thaddeus Moss; SouthLake – OL/DL Chris Lutzel, LB Grant Bushinski, QB Mason McLaughlin

THE SKINNY: This is a rematch of the past two NICSAA Division III championship games. SouthLake won last season and Victory Christian won in 2012. SouthLake opened the season with a convincing 35-14 win against the Carolina Wildcats. Robert Washington Jr. ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass. McLaughlin tossed two touchdown passes and SouthLake’s defense scored on a fumble return (Lutzel) and safety (Bushinski). This is a step up in competition from last week for SouthLake, but the opponent is a familiar one. They’ve met three times in the past two seasons. VC’s Moss is the son of former NFL receiver Randy Moss.