“Game of the Week” Asheboro vs Wheatmore & Southwestern Randolph vs Trinity

With conference play just one week away teams are looking for that final non-conference win to give themselves momentum heading into the conference season. Every win is crucial from here on out and if teams want to make it into the postseason they will need to step up. This week’s “Games of the Week” will actually feature four teams who are looking to make a statement before heading into the conference play. Asheboro will host Wheatmore and Southwestern Randolph will host Trinity in this week’s “Games of the Week!”

Asheboro vs Wheatmore

The Asheboro Blue Comets are coming off a big loss to Eastern Randolph and are still searching for their first win of the season. Wheatmore will enter Friday’s game 4-0 on the season and have shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Blue Comets and Warriors have only met three times since Wheatmore opened in 2009. Asheboro holds the advantage in the series at 2-1 having won the first two meetings in 2015 and 2016. Wheatmore won last season’s meeting 24-21.

Asheboro, who has struggled since their first game of the season, could use a win against a team like Wheatmore to boost their confidence and gain momentum. Quarterback Corey Durrant has thrown the ball well all season, but the Blue Comets just have not been able to find the end zone enough. Nate Fisher had a strong running game last time out and Logan Richardson caught multiple passes. Michael Smith has played well on defense for the Blue Comets.

Wheatmore has had a strong start to the season. If they continue to play their game, they should have no problem defeating the Blue Comets on Friday. Quarterback Nick Halo has had a tremendous start to the season and has shown no signs of slowing down. He will have plenty of receivers to throw to on Friday who can beat the Blue Comets’ defense down the field. Look for Ian Bonner, Bryant Walker, and Zach Berrier to have strong games for the Warriors.

Defense will be the key for the Blue Comets on Friday. Asheboro needs to keep the Warriors out of the end zone and keep the score close if they want to win. Wheatmore will need to play the way they have been playing all season and they should be fine against the Blue Comets. However, the Warriors should not count the Blue Comets out because they have shown glimpses of what they are capable of. All it takes is one game for everything to click and have your season turn around.

Southwestern Randolph vs Trinity

Southwestern Randolph got their first win of the season last week and look to capitalize on that momentum this week against Trinity. The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 last week and are looking to keep their undefeated streak alive. Since 2004, the Cougars and Bulldogs have split their eight meetings at 4-4. Southwestern Randolph has won the last three meetings including last season’s 48-15 win.

The Cougars are without starting senior quarterback Mikey Miller who went down with a season-ending injury two weeks ago. Junior Braxton Davis stepped up last week and helped lead the Cougars to their first win. They will need another big game from him if they hope to defeat the Bulldogs. Jose Tinoco is one of the best running backs in the county and he can barrel his way through almost any defense to gain yardage. A big game from him will put the Cougars in a position to win. Paxton Staker has cause problems for opponents with his ability to play both sides of the ball.

Trinity has started the season strong and has been playing for injured teammate Tyler Bova. A win against the Cougars would give the Bulldogs plenty of momentum heading into conference play next week. Quarterback Nathan Davis has thrown the ball well this season and has a laser pass that can find his receivers with ease. Thunder Levy, Tyler Hammonds, and Conner Stanley have the ability to come down with just about anything that is thrown their way. They have cause issues for opponents all season. Gage Taylor is a crafty running back who can find his way through an opponents defense.

This should be a good one on Friday and if the Cougars can keep the score close then this could be anybody’s game. If Trinity can get some separation early, they should pick up the win.

Good luck to all four teams in this week’s “Games of the Week!”

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