The Lincolnton Wolves (6-5) and Shelby Golden Lions (8-3) will meet in the first round of the 2023 NCHSAA Football Championships – 2A on Thursday, November 9th, at 7:30pm ET, at Shelby High School in Shelby, NC.
This is a matchup of two teams that are very familiar with each other. They are located just 15 miles apart and they have played each other in the playoffs several times in recent years.
The Wolves are led by running back Andre Bost. Bost has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He is also a threat on the receiving end, with over 300 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.
The Golden Lions are led by running back Tristan Tate and quarterback Lan Farmer. Tate has rushed for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Farmer has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns.
What it is: North Carolina High School Football
Matchup: Lincolnton Wolves vs. Shelby Golden Lions
Time: Thursday Nov 09, 2023, 7:30pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NCHSAA Football Championships – 2A
Locations: Shelby, NC
Live stream: Watch here
The Wolves defense has been solid this season, allowing just 23.1 points per game. The Golden Lions defense has been a bit more susceptible to the big play, but they have still been able to hold opponents to an average of just 28.0 points per game.
This game is expected to be a close one, with both teams evenly matched. The Wolves may have a slight edge in terms of experience, as they have several players who have started in the playoffs before. However, the Golden Lions are the more explosive team on offense.
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Shelby Golden Lions 38, Lincolnton Wolves 31
The Shelby Golden Lions are the favorites in this game, but the Lincolnton Wolves should not be overlooked. The Wolves have a lot of experience and they have played some tough teams this season. However, the Golden Lions are simply too good on offense. They have a lot of playmakers and they are capable of scoring from anywhere on the field.
The Wolves defense will need to be able to contain Tate and Farmer in order to have a chance to win this game. The Golden Lions defense will also need to be able to stop Bost, but they are less concerned about the Wolves passing game.
Overall, the Shelby Golden Lions are the better team and they should be able to win this game. However, the Lincolnton Wolves are a dangerous team and they could pull off the upset if they have a great game.