Bandys battles Foard at Butler Stadium, seeks 10th straight home win
By CHRIS HOBBS
A brief look at Friday’s varsity football games involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A:
FRED T. FOARD (0-1)
at BANDYS (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers, coming off a 48-24 loss at home against Maiden in head coach Ryan Gettys’ return, go for their third straight in Butler Stadium, after winning there in 2015 and 2017.
Bandys has won seven of the last 10 games overall, is ahead 24-11 in the serics since 1980, and the Trojans lead the Greater Hickory area in consecutive home wins with nine.
SOUTH CALDWELL (1-0) at MAIDEN (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Spartans and Blue Devils meet for the fifth time with each having won twice at home.
South Caldwell won by 21 at Maiden in 2014 and by 28 in its last visit to The Biggest Little Football Town In The World in 2015.
ST. STEPHENS (0-1) at BUNKER HILL (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Indians will try to rebound from a 36-15 home loss against Bandys by seeking their sixth straight victory over Bunker Hill. Three of those wins have been at Bunker Hill, and the series since 1980 is tied at 19-19-1.
HIBRITEN (0-1) at HICKORY (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers enter Barger Stadium coming off a 28-19 home loss to Alexander Central, which snapped a 34-game regular-season win streak.
The series began in 1976 and is tied at 9-all (includes two forfeits in 2011 by Hickory).
Hibriten, which fell to Hickory in the first seven series meetings, has won in its last two visits to Barger.
FREEDOM (1-0) at DRAUGHN (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
The 11th all-time meeting of the Burke County rivals and sixth game played at Draughn, with Freedom leading the series 10-0.
Patriots head coach Luke Little, in his second season in Morganton, goes for career win No. 97.
EAST BURKE (1-0) at McDOWELL (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Cavs and Titans battle for the first times since 2014 and for the 32nd time since 1980 with East Burke leading with 19 wins that includes a forfeit loss in 1998.
East Burke hasn’t won in Marion since 2007 when a current NFL player was in the Cavs’ lineup.
ALEXANDER CENTRAL (1-0)
at WILKES CENTRAL (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Cougars will try to continue being dominant in this series – they led it 23-4 in games since 1980 – and they’re going for their 17th straight win in the series and eighth straight on the Wilkes Central field.
The Eagles haven’t prevailed over the Cougars at Wilkes Central in nearly 30 years.
R-S CENTRAL (1-0) at PATTON (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Patton can even its record under head coach Jonathan Browning with a victory in a series that is tied 3-all.
The Panthers have won three straight in the series and the Hilltoppers’ three wins are at Patton, the last in 2017.
WEST CALDWELL (0-1)
at NORTH WILKES (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mike Biggerstaff, back for his second tenure as head coach at West Caldwell, coaches in his 199th career game. He’s in his ninth year at West Caldwell overall (75-27) and his 20th year overall as a prep head coach.
North Wilkes opened with a 35-18 victory over North Forsyth while West Caldwell fell 60-7 at South Caldwell.
EAST LINCOLN (0-0)
at EAST ROWAN (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Mustangs start their third season under David Lubowicz after going 6-7 last season and 12-13 with him as head coach.
The teams did not play a year ago, and East Rowan’s season-opening win was 33-12 against North Stanly.
EAST RUTHERFORD (0-1)
at NORTH LINCOLN (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Knights, after falling in overtime at Parkwood last Saturday night, play their first Friday game of 2019. They will pursue career win No. 140 for head coach Nick Bazzle (10-5 at North Lincoln).
LAKE NORMAN CHARTER (0-1)
at PINE LAKE PREP (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
It’s the second game back for Lake Norman head coach Bob McKay (22-25 record), against a team that won its opener 46-0 over Quality Education Academy of Winston-Salem.
SOUTH POINT (0-1) at LINCOLNTON (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Both teams come off close games with South Point falling 13-7 at Crest and the Wolves falling 10-7 on a late fourth quarter field goal on Monday night that closed a season-opener at Stuart Cramer that was stopped by lightning late in the third quarter last Thursday night.
SOUTH IREDELL (0-1)
at WEST IREDELL (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Warriors play host to the Vikings in the 57th game for Monte Simmons as head coach at West Iredell.
Cuthbertson beat South Iredell 34-20 last week while West Iredell, playing on Monday night, won 42-0 at Winston-Salem Atkins.
WATAUGA (1-0) at ASHE COUNTY (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Facing a foe that lost its opener 53-33 to Avery County last week, the Pioneers follow head coach Ryan Habich into his 78th game at Watauga (57-20).
The Pioneers rolled at Asheville Roberson last week, winning 55-20.