Football: Lake Norman vs. North Meck Home
Lake Norman vs. North Meck. Kickoff: 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at North Meck. Last meeting: North Mecklenburg won 28-26 last season. Players to watch: Lake Norman – WR Luke Miller, TE Dylan Galbo, QB Josh Ladowski; North Meck – QB Nolan Beasley, LB Trevor Lowery, C Preston Ellison. The skinny: Lake Norman has one of the area’s top offensive duos in Ladowski and wide receiver Corey Joyner (86 catches last season). But the Wildcats are much more than that, and have four capable receivers. North Mecklenburg probably can’t afford to get into a shoot-out and must come up with big plays on defense. Beasley is in his third year as the Vikings starting quarterback, so early-season jitters should be minimal.