Friday, September 2, 2011

High School Football Gameday

ELEVATOR
UP | The Schedule: Last week was kinda funky. This week has three games with two ranked teams playing each other. This is delicious.
UP |Porter Ridge offense: Averaging 491 yards per game.
UP |West Rowan’s Jarvin Morgan: Caught seven passes for 180 yards to help his team rally for a 45-32 win over Davie County.
UP |Salisbury’s D: Given up six points, five first downs and minus-18 rush yards in two games.

OBSERVATIONS
  • Have a feeling that No. 2 Butler has settled down now after a nervous season-opening loss to Mallard Creek. The Bulldogs were working in a new head coach and a slightly different offensive philosophy and losing a coach like Mike Newsome was bound to have an effect. Think the Bulldogs are past that now.
  • Porter Ridge is a tough team to get a grasp on. Top-ranked in Union County by the Enquirer-Journal in preseason, the 4A Pirates have smashed 1A Monroe and 2A Piedmont in consecutive weeks. They play 2A Forest Hills tonight. Guess we may find out Sept. 9 when A.L. Brown comes to town. But I would like to see Porter Ridge expand its schedule next season. It would help if the Pirates want to genuinely be considered a state power.
  • Mecklenburg County football, for the past 12 years, has been pretty strong top to bottom. This year, I sense a loss of the middle class. I think it’ll be temporary, though, because the next few years will bring several talented classes of athletes like the county hasn’t seen in a long, long time
MECKLENBURG MATCHUPS
No. 1 Mallard Creek at No. 13 Berry
Mallard Creek carries a 22-game regular-season win streak to Berry, which struggled in a 16-10 win over an 0-2 East Meck team last week. Perhaps Berry was thinking ahead to tonight: a chance to beat the Carolinas’ top-ranked team on its home field.
No. 16 Vance at No. 11 Independence
So is Vance still a team that can challenge for a conference and state title appearance? We’ll find out tonight. The Cougars were beaten soundly by Berry two weeks ago after starting the season No. 6 in the Sweet 16. Indy tries to matches its win total from a year ago, but quarterback Evan Guest is questionable.
No. 3 Charlotte Catholic at Country Day
Country Day has won four of the past five meetings and the average margin of victory in that past half-decade is about five points. Class 3A Catholic has averaged 44 points in two easy wins so far over 4A South Meck and 4A Providence.
Harding at West Charlotte
Once upon a time, this may have been the best rivalry in the state. Tom Knotts was at Harding, Bruce Hardin was at West Charlotte. From 1986-88, one of the two played in the regional finals. In 1986, the teams played each other. Today, both teams are rebuilding and are 1-1, but both would love to beat their rival in front of a huge crowd tonight. And if there are two better bands going in the state, please show us. Don’t miss halftime.
West Mecklenburg at South Mecklenburg
Big chance tonight for a pair of teams still looking for their first wins, despite playing good football. West Meck will be used to riding the activity bus with four road games in the first six. South Meck has lost to a pair of Sweet 16 teams -- No. 3 Catholic 46-28 and No. 12 Mooresville 28-16 – and plays its first home game. South plays four of its first five on the road.
REGIONAL CONTESTS
Shelby at No. 10 Crest
Hard to find a better rivalry than this throughout the state. The schools are four miles apart and many families have one Shelby grad and one Crest grad (or more) under one roof. The game finds Shelby (0-2) in a tough spot, looking to avoid an 0-3 start at one of the hardest places to win in Western North Carolina.
No. 12 Mooresville at No. 8 Burns
Mooresville’s great start, with wins over West Rowan and South Meck, happened at home. Now the Blue Devils hit the road for a tough game. Note to Mooresville coaches: try to put the brakes on Burns’ tailback Darius Ramsey. The Cleveland County player of the week went for 181 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown against county rival Kings Mountain last week.
Richmond Senior at Anson Senior
There’s nothing Anson fans would like more than to beat archrival Richmond (2-0), probably nothing other than winning state. Richmond tailback Steve Houston ran seven times for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-7 win over Lee County last week. Anson (1-1) lost 20-6 to Central Pageland (S.C.).
Of particular interest
1 Berry’s offensive line:
The Cardinals must protect the quarterback and open up lanes for Clemson-bound Germone Hopper to spring an upset of Mallard Creek
2 Mallard Creek special teams:
Kickoff and punt coverage wasn’t dynamite against Sun Valley last week and the Mavs opted to often kick away from Sun Valley star Jody Fuller. Hopper may be even more dangerous. Mallard fans might see more “pooch” kicks tonight.
3 Live updates:
Follow tonight’s scores at twitter.com/langstonwertzjr and facebook.com/langstonwertzjr
NOTES
Davidson Day QB Tearing It Up
Davidson Day sophomore Will Grier (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) is being recruited by Georgia, Florida, Duke and Virginia. In two games he’s completed 43-of-64 passes for 792 yards and 11 scores. In a 62-34 win over Trinity Christian this week, he hit 26-of-35 for 478 yards and six touchdowns. That’s the fifth-most yards passing in a single game in Mecklenburg County history.
Cannon’s big rushing day
Cannon School beat Westminster Catawba 48-27 last week thanks to 532 yards rushing on 54 attempts. Myles Martino, Mason McClanahan, Justin Redfern, Jason Willix and J.D. Wimbish each averaged at least eight yards per carry.
Latin field goal to stand
Charlotte Latin coaches confirmed Paul Griggs’ 57-yard field goal Saturday was official. It’s the longest in Mecklenburg County history.
TONIGHT'S SCHEDULE
Games at 7:30, unless noted (*denotes highlights on WCNC, Channel 36 tonight at 11:13).
North Carolina
Albemarle at North Stanly
Alexander Central at Davie County
Bandys at East Lincoln
Bishop McGuinness at Highland Tech
Bunker Hill at North Lincoln
Camden Military at Davidson Day, 4
Cannon School at Victory Christian
Carson at Hickory Ridge
Central Academy at Central Cabarrus
Charlotte Catholic at Char. Country Day*
Chase at Bessemer City
Chatham Central at Kestral Heights
Concord at Monroe
Cox Mill at Pinecrest
Draughn at Cherryville
East Burke at Freedom
East Gaston at South Point
East Rutherford at North Gaston
Fred T. Foard at West Lincoln
First Assembly at Harrells Christian
Harding at West Charlotte, 7*
Hendersonville at East Henderson
Hibriten at West Caldwell
Hickory at Maiden
Hickory Grove at N. Raleigh Christian
Hopewell at Ardrey Kell, 7*
Hough at Providence, 7
Hunter Huss at Garinger, 7
Lake Norman Charter at Lincolnton
Latin at Ware Shoals (S.C.)
Lexington at Forestview
Mallard Creek at Berry, 7*
Marvin Ridge at Cuthbertson
Mooresville at Burns*
Mount Pleasant at West Stanly
Myers Park at Olympic, 7*
North Meck at East Meck, 7
North Rowan at East Rowan
North Stokes at North Iredell
NW Cabarrus at South Rowan
Parkwood at South Stanly
Patton at South Caldwell
Piedmont at J.M. Robinson
Porter Ridge at Forest Hills
Richmond County at Anson*
Rocky River at A.L. Brown
R-S Central at Polk County
Shelby at Crest*
Southlake Christian at Wake Christian
St. Stephens at Newton-Conover
Starmount at Forbush
Statesville at Lake Norman
Vance at Independence, 7*
Watauga at Avery
Weddington at Kings Mountain
West Iredell at South Iredell
West Meck at South Meck, 7
West Montgomery at East Surry
West Rowan at Salisbury
South Carolina Ashbrook at Clover
Ridge View at Fort Mill
Blacksburg at Indian Land
Chester at Lancaster
Rock Hill at Nation Ford*
Northwestern at York
AFC Rangers at South Pointe
Providence Day at Westminster Catawba

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Game of the week...

Bishop McGuinness at Highland Tech

:-/