Game of the Week: Lexington vs. West Davidson

West Davidson running back Kyle Smith is horse-collared by Randleman’s Caleb Breedlove. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)

Friday night’s Central Carolina Conference between West Davidson and Lexington won’t be the Dragons’ homecoming game; that has already passed.

But it will be somewhat of a homecoming for some Lexington players.

Three Yellow Jackets starters were at West last season, and transferred to Lexington. Two were top-notch starters on offense, and one was a productive member of the junior varsity. West coach Dale Barnes doesn’t really care who’s suiting up for the Jackets; he’s just in need of a win, as the Dragons have lost three straight and opened CCC play with a 39-7 loss at Salisbury last week.

“We think we’ve played two quality football teams the last two weeks, and played pretty well against both of them,” Barnes said. “We talk about kids that play at West Davidson, and for West Davidson. That’s all we’ve talked about this week.

“It hasn’t gone too far. I’m sure our kids are gonna be excited to play Lexington.”

First-year Lexington coach Kwayu Graham, who was an assistant the past two years for the Jackets, thinks the transfers may be a subplot. But the team that plays the best will win, regardless of everything else.

“They should be fired up,” Graham said of West. “Those guys left. They left. And I don’t know if they left for something that they thought was better, but for whatever reason they left that school.

“Those kids have to have a little bit of something in them, and that’s understandable.”

But, Graham hopes his team — which halted a four-game losing skid with a 29-15 victory over East Davidson last week — can put all of that aside and concentrate on playing football. “Our goal is to win the conference,” he said. “And if we let sideshows distract us from our goal, then we’ll never get to our goal.”

Having tailback Marquez Grayson back in the mix proved big for the Jackets last week. He shored things up on offense, and brought some continuity and leadership the team was lacking in his absence.

West, meanwhile, is working toward continuity with Austin Teague at quarterback and Jordan Heitman — who started the season under center — at fullback and tight end. They still want to establish the run with sophomore running back Kyle Smith, who has rushed for 629 yards and six TDs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Glosson Stadium in Tyro.

Chatham Central at South Davidson

The Wildcats (1-2 in the Yadkin Valley Conference, 1-6 overall) will focus on healing and moving on more than football in this one. The community will mourn the weekend passing of head coach Mike Crowell with presentations throughout the evening, and the football game itself — even homecoming — will be secondary to the tributes to Crowell.

Chatham Central (0-3, 2-5) is coming off a 48-28 loss to West Montgomery. The Wildcats topped the Bears 34-33 last year.

Thomasville at East Davidson

The Bulldogs (1-0 in the Central Carolina Conference, 1-6 overall) got in the win column Monday with a 42-21 victory over Central Davidson. They hope to build on that at East (0-2, 2-5). It will be a picture of opposites on offense, as Thomasville will try to establish the run at all costs, and the Eagles try to move the chains with the passing game. Thomasville won 48-6 last season.

Ledford at Southwestern Randolph

The Panthers (3-4) lost their Mid-Piedmont Conference opener to North Forsyth last week, thanks in large part to six tunovers.

Southwestern (0-1, 3-4) was blown out at Southern Guilford last week.

The Panthers won a 52-35 shootout over the Cougars last season.

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