Titans hosting Knights in CPC title game

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 8, 2013

Unbeaten for the entire conference season?

The last time that happened for the West Forsyth varsity football team, George W. was president, the terms “facebook” and “twitter” didn’t exist, and the current West seniors were just beginning their elementary school education.

But this Friday night, all of that may change.

Already owning at least a share of this year’s Central Piedmont Conference championship, the league-leading Titans can claim the crown outright with a win over visiting North Davidson. A victory would give them a perfect 6-0 mark in CPC play and a 10-1 overall record for the regular season. It would also be the first time they have run the conference table since 2002.

But as rewarding as that achievement would be, the greater benefit would come in the form of a high seed in the western bracket of the upcoming 4AA state playoffs.

“If we were to win this game, we’d most likely go into a drawing for the top spot,” Titan coach Adrian Snow explained earlier this week. “We’ve never been a number one seed, at least not since they went to the current seeding process. It would be great if things work out that way.

“But we’re not too worried about that right now. There is a very good football team headed our way Friday night and that’s where our focus is.”

North, the highest scoring team in the CPC, will assuredly take the West field with more than a spoiler’s mentality.

Fresh off of a big win over Reagan last week, the Black Knights (9-1, 4-1) can gain a share of the CPC crown with a victory. They pounded West 37-7 last year and will be looking to repeat that effort this week.

“They are a strong team — big up front on both sides of the ball — with some highly-talented skill people,” Snow said. “They have a receiver (Jordan Santana) who is as good as any we’ve seen. And they can definitely put points on the board.”

Underscoring that latter note is the fact that the Knights have scored 387 points this season, 63 more than anyone else in the CPC. Standing in direct contrast to that total, however, is the fact that the West defense has allowed only 95 points all year — the only points-allowed total under 100 in the conference.

“They have a very good offense, kind of like Reagan in how quickly they operate,” mentioned West senior defensive lineman Dominick Rowdy. “Stopping them will be tough. But our defense is looking forward to the challenge.”

Having to face another big challenge this week is nothing new or intimidating for the Titans. Early in the season, they had to deal with the injury losses of starting quarterback Andy Weeks and leading receiver Javon Parham while battling their way to a 4-1 record in a rigorous non-conference schedule. In conference play, they went on the road to win key rivalry games against Davie County and Reagan.

West currently has a seven-game winning streak, with their only loss being at East Forsyth.

North has won four in a row since losing to Tabor in its CPC opener.

“I don’t care a thing about winning streaks, state rankings or anything else that has happened before this game,” Snow added. “I just want to be 1-0 this week. It’s as simple as that.”

Rowdy agreed but added that going unbeaten in conference play would mean a great deal to the entire West program.

“I’d like to win it for the guys who played before us, those who helped us out when we were coming up,” he concluded. “And it would be nice to win it for everyone who comes out each week and supports us.

“We have the best fan following anywhere. We would like to give them something else to cheer about.”