Football: Gaston Highland Tech at Pine Lake
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m at Northwest Cabarras High School. Pine Lake Prep (5-1) vs. Gastonia Highland (0-6). Last meeting: Gastonia Highland won 13-9 last year. Players to watch: Pine Lake Prep – RB Austin Cook, DB Joe Berg, DB Zac Gallant; Highland - RB Josh Crawford, RB De’Tric Brown, K Ty Klontz. THE SKINNY: This is the Southern Piedmont 1A conference opener. Pine Lake Prep has roared through its non-conference games with a punishing running game and consistent defense. Cook’s 619 rushing yards include a nine-yards-per-carry average, so Highland will see a large dose of him early on. Winless Highland, which has been outscored 233-56, is hoping for a turnaround now that it’s in conference competition.