Knights try to stay perfect

North Davidson coach Mark Holcomb isn’t sure when the last time the Black Knights started the season 8-0 was.

He doesn’t really care, either.

“All I care about is going 9-0,” Holcomb said Thursday, on the eve of his team’s Central Piedmont Conference showdown with West Forsyth in Clemmons.

That won’t be easy. The Titans, who opened the CPC slate with a loss to Reagan, fought back to edge CPC contender Davie County 13-10 last week. That victory over the War Eagles let the Knights know, this won’t be a cake walk.

“This game right now, if we wake up Saturday morning 8-1, it’s a big loss,” Holcomb said. “If we win the game, we separate ourselves from the conference quite a bit.

“That would put West Forsyth with two losses, either Davie or Mount Tabor is gonna have two losses after tomorrow night. But if we wake up with a loss, it’s gonna be a logjam.”

North has held its serve so far, sliding past Mount Tabor and ambushing Reagan in its first two league games. The key for the Knights has been their defense, which has held five opponents to single digits on the scoreboard. Shy Tuttle and Andrew Mayton are bookends on the defensive line, and the Knights have plenty of talent around and behind them to suffocate the offense.

The Knights’ offense, meanwhile, is about as complete as Holcomb could ask for. Quarterback Chase Mitchell has passed for 752 yards and five touchdowns. Four different North backs have rushed for over 400 yards, led by Devonte Moore’s 599 yards and five TDs. Moore has missed significant playing time since an injury suffered against Statesville last month, but seems to be getting back up to speed.

Holcomb said he believes West Forsyth will try to establish the run against North’s defense, but that is a challenge few teams have risen to so far. If the Knights play the defense they have played all season, they have a good look at keeping their unbeaten season in play.

But that’s not the primary goal. “You go into your season, you don’t talk about being undefeated as a goal,” Holcomb stressed. “You talk about playing in three stages: your nonconference, your conference, and the playoffs.

“Right now we’re talking about trying to win the next game, to set us up so that when we get to the playoffs, we can have some home games.”

Without question, an overflow crowd was on hand for last week’s victory over Reagan at Palmer Field. Those crowds will only continue to swell as the Knights’ dream run continues.

South Davidson at West Montgomery

The Wildcats (1-3 Yadkin Valley Conference, 1-7 overall) fought through an emotional week last week, after the death of head coach Mike Crowell. That culminated with Chatham Central defeating South 40-14, but the bigger picture was trying to cope with Crowell’s death. This week, the Wildcats travel to face a West Montgomery team that is 2-2 in the league, 4-4 overall.

Asheboro at Ledford

The Panthers celebrate homecoming, and in the process welcome back former coach Chuck Henderson. The Comets are struggling under Henderson, slugging their way to an 0-2 mark in the Mid-Piedmont Conference, 3-5 overall. Ledford (1-1, 4-4) continued their roller-coaster season with an implausible 53-52 overtime win at Southwestern Randolph last week, in which the Panthers scored two touchdowns in the closing minutes, only to miss both extra points.

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