Due to a production error, the contest form for football picks in Friday's News-Topic is last week's column. Here is the correct one. You also can pick up a copy at the News-Topic offices, 123 Pennton Ave. NW in Lenoir, and it will be printed in Sunday's paper.
The West Caldwell Warriors came up just short of their second straight victory, falling 28-24 to West Lincoln on Friday in Gamewell.
The Hibriten Panthers dropped their second consecutive game after a 49-21 loss to Watauga on Friday night in Lenoir.
South Caldwell fell short of victory at home Friday night, losing to the Freedom Patriots 27-10 in a game defined by two distinct, opposite halves.
The Gamewell Town Council has backed a resident's efforts to get a 1958 Gamewell High School football team recognized by state high school athletics officials for its achievement.
South Caldwell's Gavin Reed blocked a Hickory punt and immediately followed it with a 13-yard, game-winning touchdown run to lift the Spartans to a 35-28 victory over the Red Tornadoes in Spartans' homecoming game on Friday night in Sawmills.
The Hibriten Panthers traveled to Propst Crossroads on Friday night to take on the Fred T. Foard Tigers on homecoming night and returned home with a 41-27 loss.
The West Caldwell Warriors secured their first conference win of the season Friday night at Maiden, fighting all the way through two overtime periods to beat the Blue Devils 28-27.
It was a hard-fought game for both teams, rife with turnovers, big plays and mistakes, but the Warriors never gave up, and ended up securing the win when they had to–staring down a fourth-and-four on the last play of the second overtime, and making it happen.
The West Caldwell offense produced just 181 yards of total offense and only six first downs, resulting in a 10-7 loss to Bandys on Friday night in Catawba.
The Hibriten Panthers overcame frequent penalties and two big injuries to beat the St. Stephens Indians, 33-14 on a rainy Friday night homecoming game in Lenoir.
The South Caldwell Spartans posted their first shutout of the season, while also rushing for 405 yards, cruising to a 34-0 victory over Patton on Friday night in Morganton.
For the third time in the last four years, the South Caldwell Spartans have won the Caldwell County championship with a 28-16 victory over the Hibriten Panthers on Friday night in Sawmills.
West Caldwell came up just short of upsetting Newton-Conover Friday night in Gamewell, falling 60-50 to the Red Devils, a game that was even closer than the score shows.
In a two-day affair, the South Caldwell Spartans could not fend off a late A.C. Reynolds rally as the Rockets handed the Spartans their first loss of the season, 26-21.
Persistent lightning caused officials to call off the Hibriten and Ashe County game Friday night, but not after a hard-fought first half that left the scoreboard reading 28-22 in Hibriten's favor.
Severe storms forced a suspended game during the third quarter of Friday night's football game between West Caldwell and Enka.
In its home opener, South Caldwell held on through penalties and mistakes to beat the Alexander Central Cougars 20-14 Friday night in Sawmills.
For the 12th consecutive season, the Hibriten Panthers have won the annual "Black and Blue" game with a 33-14 victory over West Caldwell on Friday night in Lenoir.
The Hibriten Panthers fought through numerous penalties and substitution mistakes to pull out a 58-20 over Wilkes Central in Moravian Falls on Friday night.
The South Caldwell Spartans took advantage of costly miscues by the West Caldwell Warriors to claim a 28-7 victory in the first county matchup of the season on Friday night in Gamewell.
West Caldwell started 2014 strong Friday night, with a commanding win at home against North Wilkes, 35-6.
For the second consecutive season, the Hibriten Panthers and the West Iredell Warriors combined for 106 points in the opening game of the season, and just like last the 2013 game, Hibriten walked out of the game 1-0.
Devell Maxwell led the way for Panthers, rushing for 209 yards on just nine carries and scoring four times to give Hibriten a 67-39 victory over West Iredell on Friday night in Statesville. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Warriors 69-37.