Archive for October 31st, 2005

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2005

Let me start by saying that I don’t like Halloween. It’s a silly night, designed by major corporations to separate me from my money under the guise of buying candy, costumes, pumpkins and such.

On the plus side, today’s the day where I get to eat candy that I deem too mature for my three-year-old’s digestive system. Of course, if this keeps up, he may be a teenager before he actually gets to try a Blow Pop.

But enough with the cheap candy references.

Good and evil

Is there a more Jekyll and Hyde act this year than the Crest Charger football team?
In their five wins over East Gaston, North Gaston, Forestview, Kings Mountain and Burns, they outscored their foes 162-42. In five losses to Hunter Huss, Charlotte Country Day, Ashbrook, Shelby and Freedom, Crest was outgunned 100-62.

So which team will get off the bus in Belmont Friday night?

Even though Crest is about as stable as a gallon of gasoline next to a campfire, the Chargers seem to play well in rivalry games.

South Point is that type of opponent, so don’t be shocked if Crest brings the right potion for this week’s clash with the Red Raiders.

A Goode-ie bag

We always pick a county player of the year here at The Star, and with a week to go in the regular season, there’s a clear front-runner for my vote.

Kings Mountain’s Sidney Goode is having quite a season. The senior running back has accounted for 1,635 all-purpose yards and a dozen touchdowns this season.

The Mountaineers are 4-6 with the talented running back. We can only imagine how scary their season would have been without him.

Trick or treat?

Thanks to a playoff system that rewards mediocrity and lines the pockets of the state association, it looks like all four area teams will make the postseason.

Kings Mountain may be sweating a little on Saturday if it loses to Burns, as it will have met only the minimum requirements for the playoffs. Without the ADM numbers to show me who’s big and who’s small, it’s hard to say if the Mounties are in or out.

Let’s assume they get in, and start with them. With Goode and receiver Nate Marable, Kings Mountain can match offensive firepower with just about anyone.
With that defense giving away points like most of you will be handing out candy, it’s hard to imagine the Mountaineers being anything more than a treat for a higher seeded first-round foe.

Crest and Burns can be lumped together as a mystery bag. Could be a Hershey bar, could be a licorice stick, you just don’t know.

Neither team has responded to adversity particularly well this season, but both squads are littered with playoff-tested veterans and led by coaches who know what it takes to win.

I don’t know if they’re title-worthy, but both squads will be tough outs.

Shelby, on the other hand, looks like the ultimate Halloween treat to me — money.

Sometimes, if you get lucky, the neighbors will be out of candy and start forking over bills. The Golden Lions, with their experience and talent, are my pick to win a state championship this season.

No pressure boys…and Happy Halloween.