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Football Friday Preview: Sept. 6

Three Stanly teams continue the 2019 varsity football regular season on Friday night with South and West Stanly both playing at home.

Albemarle (0-2) at Mountain Island Charter (1-1)
When: Friday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Series Record: First Meeting

Notes: The Bulldogs’ special teams had two kickoff returns for scores last week against West but the offense managed just one first-quarter touchdown and was limited to 187 net yards.

Last week against Huntersville’s Christ the King, the Raptors exploded for 12 touchdowns in an 80-0 rout.

Elijah Burris is the Raptors leading rusher with 286 yards on 24 carries and 4 TDs, 252 yard coming last week.

“(The Raptors) are a very athletic team with a dynamic running back. Defensively, they do a great job of swarming to the ball and being aggressive,” Albemarle head coach Richard Davis said.

Jordan-Matthews (0-2) at South Stanly (1-1)
When: Friday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Series Record: J-M 10-6
Last Meeting: 2018 (South 37-6)

The Jets are very young in 2019 having approximately as many players in the sophomore through senior classes as the team has freshmen.

Jordan-Matthews lost to Bartlett-Yancey to open the season, 57-12, then were shut out last week by Oak Grove, 55-0.
Despite their inexperience, South head coach Ryan Ochier said, the Jets are “fast and shifty.”
South’s head coach said the Rebel Bulls will have the advantage in size and strength in the game along with being more physical than Jordan-Matthews.

The Bulls have won three of the last four with the Jets including wins in 2017 and last season.

Southwestern Randolph (1-1) at West Stanly (1-0)
When: Friday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Series Record: First matchup

The Colts return home Friday night for the school’s first-ever matchup with Southwestern after rushing for 317 net yards the previous week in the win at Albemarle, including 197 from Jordan Poole.

Southwestern opened the season with a win Aug. 26 in an offensive shootout with South Stanly, 55-38, but the Cougars lost the next week at home to Randleman, 55-21.

West head coach Brett Morton said the Cougars are strong defensively on the inside and the starting quarterback, Elijah Reza, makes good decisions with the ball while also being a threat to run.

“(SW Randolph) has some wide receivers that understand how to get open,” Morton said.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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