As I write this column, there’s no guarantee we’ll be playing high school football Friday night.
Vernon Aldridge, student activities director for the Cumberland County Schools, issued a statement saying if we get through the storm headed our way and there’s no major problems, the games are on.
Of course, that remains to be seen.
Certainly we’ll all agree that there are much bigger things in this world than high school football games.
Safety and security for homes and possessions along with life and limb definitely top the list.
But the games give us a diversion. something to take our mind off the agony of dealing with storms and tragedy, and I’m thankful for that.
I just pray like all of you that we don’t have much turmoil to deal with as we go through our second storm of this hopefully soon ended hurricane season.
Please make your preparations and be safe everyone.
The record: 48-14
I was 9-0 last week, running the record for the season to 48-14, 77.4 percent.
Cape Fear at South View - I’m pretty sure Cape Fear can score on South View. What I’m not sure of is if the Colts can score enough points to offset South View’s potent offense. I’m going with the Tigers.
South View 29, Cape Fear 12.
Overhills at Douglas Byrd - This is a tough call. Overhills is still reeling since an 0-3 start while Byrd is much improved but has lost a lot of close calls. I’m going to go with momentum and home field and take the Eagles.
Douglas Byrd 20, Overhills 18.
E.E. Smith at Pine Forest - I don’t look for things to get any better this week for Smith as they take on a Pine Forest team that is very much in the chase for the Patriot Athletic Conference title.
Pine Forest 28, E.E. Smith 7.
Purnell Swett at Jack Britt - I’ll give the Buccaneers the edge playing at home, but they need to be careful because this is one they could just as easily lose.
Jack Britt 22, Purnell Swett 12.
Scotland at Seventy-First - The Falcons have been waiting for this one since last year after suffering two lopsided losses to Scotland. This time, Seventy-First appears to be the better team, and playing at home won’t hurt the Falcons either.
Seventy-First 28, Scotland 14.
Terry Sanford at Westover - Westover is a dangerous opponent for the Bulldogs. The Wolverines are just good enough to pull the upset, and Terry Sanford has had some shaky moments this season. But I think they’re a little stronger than Westover and should get the win.
Terry Sanford 29, Westover 12.
Other games - Northside Christian 27, Fayetteville Christian 7; Village Christian 22, North Raleigh Christian 7; Trinity Christian 30, Raleigh Ravenscroft 8.

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