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Gaston (0-1) at Sand Rock (1-0)

Last week: Randolph County 35, Gaston 0; Sand Rock 31, Pisgah 19

Last meeting: 2009 –  Sand Rock 42, Gaston 7

Series record: Gaston 18, Sand Rock 14

By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

Gaston High football coach Josh Averett had one simple message for his team this week. Do what you’re supposed to do.

Breaking that rule is what led to a 35-0 loss to Randolph County.

“You could see it on film,” Averett said. “We’d have one or two good plays, then a bad one; two or three good plays, then a bad one. If we do what we do and don’t miss assignments, we’ll be okay.”

This week presents another challenge as the Bulldogs go to Class 2A, Region 7 rival Sand Rock.

“They do a lot of fakes off motion plays and last week, really racked up the yards,” Averett said of the Wildcats.

Wildcat coach Russell Jacoway is more worried about size.

“They’re going to be a lot bigger than us,” Jacoway said. “But that will be the case most weeks. This is the smallest team we’ve had in 10 years or more. Gaston has the size and the speed. They’ve got some players who can really fly.” 

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