Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Biggest win in NC week one was......

Looking back at Week 1:

Biggest upset? Indian Trail Sun Valley goes to defending 3AA champ Eastern Randolph and wins 35-10. Eastern Randolph only returned three starters from a 15-1 team that beat Charlotte Catholic 15-7 in last year's state championship game, but it's an impressive win for coach Scott Stein's team.

Sun Valley will be a team to watch, too, with 13 starters back from a 10-4 team and one of the best wide receivers in the state in junior Ray Ray Davis. Great win for Sun Valley last week and with West Stanly coming to Sun Valley this week, plus another home game following with Weddington, the Spartans could be 3-0 headng into a Sept. 7 South Piedmont 3A conference showdown with Alfred L Brown (y'all know them as the Wonders of Kannapolis).

Best player? Defenders rarely get much love, but I really loved the line on Olympic LB Jared Seate Friday: 16 tackles, two pass breaks up against Providence in another big upset last week.

Best Game? Catholic-South Meck was packed and loud and went to an exciting double OT finish after a ho-hum start. That's a great rivalry brewing there with two schools battling that are literally across the street from each other. Let's call it the Park Rd. Rivalry. Catholic's preseason schedule, which includes Country Day, Latin, Myers Park and North Gaston, is second to none. It's a high school Murderer's Row, at least at the sub 4A level.

Best Site For Friday night? C'mon guys. Nobody in the area is giving you live updates like at charlotte.com/preps and you get postgame stories, video highlights. It's all there.

OK, that was a shameless plug.

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Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com


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