*****Just a small footnote on the way in. We were 8-1 on our picks last night and now sit at 24-4 over the past three weeks. Let’s not take too much credit here, but put the pub where it belongs, on the kids….*****
Just got through listening to some of the game from last night with Northern Guilford at Eastern Alamance, with the final going 24-23 Northern and that had to be one heck of a game with the Nighthawks improving to (5-1) on the season and Keenan Allen hitting Daniel Downing for a TD pass while I was listening to the game on 920AM radio and Rocco Scarfone was connecting with Maurice Harris for some solid gains with Muhommad Kellis having some nice runs and Attaway(didn’t catch his first name) and Joseph White also in there picking up the offense….The annoucers said that Keenan Allen was doing everything, but selling popcorn. I did hear him at QB, DB, punter and in return modes.
Big win for NG in what was probably the game of the night and next week Northern will be hosting Eastern Guilford and the Wildcats got a big win, their first of the season, up at Morehead, 47-22. Big night for Josh Morehead(plus EG’s Devonte Andre and Cedrick Johnson) and we’ll see the Morehead-Allen matchup at NG next Friday.
Western Guilford may well have the best receiver in our area this year in Jabri Ridenhour. The kid and his QB Josh Thompson were on fire last night over at Grimsley as the Hornets defeated the Whirlies 31-7. This was the only game we muffed on our picks and you have to give all the credit to Coach Causey and the Hornets, they had a great game plan and they executed it, to near perfection. We will take the blame, as we should for the loss. We were a bit blown away, on the way in by Grimsley’s 35-0 win the previous week over Southeast Guilford.
But again, let’s give all the credit in the world to Western, they deserve it. Multiple formations, varied sets and it looked like everyone knew where they were going with stack to left and to the right with Ridenhour, Hatfield, Jones, Simpson and others all getting in on the act. A short stack with three guys to the right side and when they stack up over there, you have no idea where they are going when they break off of the line, but QB Josh Thompson does. Keenan Allen is still the best athlete around here, but if Ridenhour is not the best receiver, then I want to see him.(Maybe an arguement for Luke Sonrricker at Ragsdale.)
Josh Thompson hit on right at 20 passes for 365 yards and 3TD”s and at least 12 of those passes went to Jabri Ridenhour for over 150 yards and 2 TD’s…..Grimsley has some work to do, and they will have to have at it, with the Page Pirates coming into Jamieson Stadium next Friday night.
Western only has the one conference loss to Page and the Hornets schedule favors a playoff shot with WG hosting Smith next Friday and on the road to Southern Alamance, home versus Dudley and then a road game at SEG to close out the season. That Smith game will be major determiner for both the Hornets and the Golden Eagles as they put their post-season hopes on the line next week…..
We had all the scores up here on the site for you here last night, and we got the last one in at about 12:15am with the Eastern Guilford at Morehead being the last one to arrive….
Ragsdale(7-0) stays hot and their schedule is going to be fun to watch. The Tigers are at SWG next, then they host Northwest, have an open date and finish with Glenn at home and then High Point Central at Simeon Stadium. Glenn only beat Parkland by one last night, but it looks like for Ragsdale, their schedule gets just a little bit tougher each week and that the competition gets just a little bit harder each and every week and that makes the ending even that more interesting….Solid win last night, 31-0, over East Forsyth….
The schedules are the fun thing to start watching now with Dudley at (6-1) with an off date now followed by SEG, WG, Page and Grimsley. WG and Page the toughies with Page the real toughie, but it’s at Dudley for the Pirates and the WG team will be a handful for anyone the rest of the way if that Western offense is working like it was last night…..
Page has Grimsley, Smith, Southern Alamance, Dudley and SEG left; with Dudley and Smith looking the toughest right now. Grimsley has Page, Smith, SA, and Dudley. Smith has WG, Page, SA, and Grimsley.
It looks like WG, Smith and Grimsley become the wildcards and maybe not in that order, but who knows????? SEG and SA look out of the picture completely right now…..The key as the coaches would say, is you have to take them one game at a time, but it is fun to study those upcoming schedules as the season begins to close quickly….
In more chart watching, Northern is home to Eastern Guilford, they have McMichael on the road, it’s home to Rockingham County at Morehead and home to Western Alamance to close out the season. Right now, based upon the way those teams are playing, WA looks to be the toughest of that bunch…..
Northwest Guilford, after that 6-3 OT win last night at SWG, has High Point Central at home up next, followed by the trip to Ragsdale, WS Parkland at home and a road trip to East Forsyth to close it out….HPC and Ragsdale very hard, should handle Parkland and EF. High Point Central has NWG, Parkland, Glenn, SWG and Ragsdale, giving them five to go and possible meeting with Ragsdale at home to end the regular season……(Maybe for the Title?????)
Just some looks and some talk for your Saturday and we hope we have made some points that have made some sense and maybe some of these talking points will carry over into next week…….