Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Football report from the North

Thoughts and scenes from the football fields around Lake Norman:

-- After missing four games due to injury and splitting time last year, South Iredell running back Anthony Thwaites still nearly gained 1,000 yards. This year, he’s nearly halfway there. After two games, Thwaites has 430 yards in leading the Vikings to a 2-0 start.

This Friday, he gets to prove himself against one of the best in the area, West Iredell running back Bobby Morrison, who ran for 274 yards in West Iredell’s only game of the season.

-- Best names found thus far: Tequilis Knox (Mooresville running back), T. Dalton (South Iredell wide receiver), Montreal Wilson (North Lincoln wide receiver), T.C. Rollings (South Iredell quarterback).

-- Looking for some solid all-around players? Hopewell’s Stephen Rust rushed for a touchdown, threw for a touchdown, made nine tackles and punted for a 34-yard average against Waddell on Friday. North Lincoln’s Eddie Guzman ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a touchdown against Bunker Hill last week. Not a bad night’s work.

-- Most likely to recover from opening week loss: East Lincoln. New quarterback Josh Wilson struggled against Newton-Conover, but found his way in a 34-7 romp of Catawba Bandys. He also has a lot of weapons and a solid offensive coach in Mike Byus.

-- Least likely to recover: Bandys. Who would have thought any Bandys team would start 0-2, scoring seven points in the process? If running back LeQuan McCorkle doesn’t recovery from injury very soon, it will only get worse.

-- North Meck will do better in ME-CA 6 4A play than many expected after the loss of virtually the entire offense and defense. The Vikings won’t win the conference as they did last year, but they’ll put up a fight. One request – please start passing the ball a couple more times a game before sophomore running back Xavier Joplin starts walking like a retired NFL offensive lineman.

-- East Lincoln plays the Eagles of Kennedy Charter this week. Who? A Google search found that Kennedy Charter will play a four-game schedule this year. That should be an interesting final score.

-- Area leaders after week two: Lake Norman quarterback Zach Connell (25-51, 409 yards, five touchdowns), Thwaites (44 carries, 430 yards, four touchdowns) and Lake Norman receiver Tyler McRorie (10 catches, 239 yards, three touchdowns). -- Dan Tierney


Anonymous said...

Tierney, do you have something against Hopewell's Chris Gilbert?! Not on your pre season All Lake Norman team? And then how in the world can you write your "Football report from the North" without including what Chris accomplished last friday against Berry!? Chris is THE best player on Hopewell and one of the best in Mecklenburg County. And if you want to talk about all around players, you failed again by not mentioning Chris. And by the way, Hopewell played Berry, not Waddell. Write it down now, Hopewell's success rides on the shoulders of Chris Gilbert period! Without him they can't score. Give this athlete the credit he deserves. I'm guessing you weren't at the game, maybe got a report from the head coach? hmmm...