Friday, September 23, 2011

High School Football Gameday

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMEDAY

Elevator

UP | Mount Pleasant punter Andy Hunt: In 18 punts, averaging 41.28 yards per attempt.
UP | West Lincoln's Miquel Corella and Derrick Braun: In a 16-7 loss to North Iredell last week, Corella, a sophomore, had an 82-yard scoring catch. Braun, a junior, had 14 solo tackles.
UP | Sun Valley defense: Allowing 1.5 points per game this month.
UP | Porter Ridge: No. 10 in Associated Press 4A poll for second straight week. Pirates are 19-1 since the start of the 2000 season.

Meck matchups

Ardrey Kell (2-2, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) at No. 9 Independence (5-0, 1-0)
Indy's defense is led by defensive end Brandon Jackson, who has 39 tackles and 10 sacks. Ardrey Kell will need to slow him down to let QB Jonah Duggan (43-87, 630 yards passing; 77-450 rushing) get going. Ardrey Kell has never beaten the Patriots, but Independence is 2-2 in its past four home games. Playing at Patriot Field used to be an automatic win for the home team.

North Mecklenburg (1-4, 0-1 I-Meck 4A) at West Charlotte (2-3, 1-0)
Vikings QB Kerry Hall (55-100, 548, 5 TDs) has a real weapon in Terrence Clyburn, who has 217 yards rushing, averaging 8.7 yards per carry, and 352 yards receiving, averaging 13.5 yards per catch. But the Vikings have lost two straight and need to get back into the chase for a playoff spot. West Charlotte ended a two-game losing streak with a 16-7 win over Hopewell and wants to keep pace with Mallard Creek for a possible championship showdown Oct. 21 at home.


No. 2 Butler (3-1, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) at Rocky River (2-3, 0-1)
Last season, Rocky River didn't win a game and scored 28 total points. This year's Ravens, who have lost two games by a combined 15 points, already have two wins and have scored 117. QB Andre Rice has thrown for more than 300 yards for Rocky River. Butler has averaged 64 points since losing to Mallard Creek Aug. 19.

Hopewell (1-3, 0-1 I-Meck 4A) at Hough (2-3, 1-0)
Second-year Hough has won two of its past three games. The only loss in the streak was an 18-7 defeat at the hands of Sweet 16 No. 13 Berry, a game Hough had chances to win. Tonight, rival Hopewell comes to town in a near must-win game as both teams begin to jockey for a playoff berth. Keep an eye on Hough receiver Sanders Poff, who averages 17.1 yards per catch, and safeties Ben Craig and Nate Mays, who have 85 tackles combined. Mays has four interceptions, too.

Providence (1-3, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) at South Mecklenburg (1-4, 0-1)
Big conference game for rivals who have annually been among the region's top teams. Providence scored only 16 points in the first three weeks before busting out for 47 against Rocky River last week. South Meck lost by three to rival Ardrey Kell last week.

Regional contests

No. 12 Freedom (5-0, 1-0 South Mountain) at No. 8 Burns (4-1, 0-0)
Important game in a conference with two unbeatens (Chase, Freedom) and two once-beatens (East Rutherford, Burns). Burns has won the past two meetings, but Freedom is off to its best start since 2001 behind QB Michael Helms, who has thrown for more than 4,800 yards and 55 TDs in his career.


No. 16 Hunter Huss (5-0, 1-0 Big South) at No. 4 South Point (5-0, 1-0)
Huss won three games last season and is one of the season's biggest surprises. Are the Huskies for real? Everyone finds out tonight.


Sun Valley (2-2) at Clover, S.C. (2-3)
After losing to Richmond and No. 1 Mallard Creek to open the season, Sun Valley has won two straight by a combined 115-3. Can it keep it going in South Carolina tonight?

Of particular interest
1 Independence: The Patriots offense is rolling, averaging 44.8 points for the season and nearly 50 in September.
2 Troy Leeper, South Point: In three games this month, rushed for 662 yards and 12 TDs in three games. Can "Mr. September" keep it up?
3 Mt Pleasant's pass game: QB Alan McDonald (879 yards, 10 TDs) and receivers Andy Hunt (292, 4 TDs) and Junior Gonzales (252, 3 TDs) are having big years.

Observations

--South Iredell's John Bustle is having a great season. He's got 45 tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss. He has three interceptions, one of which he returned for a score, and he has scored three times off blocked punts this year.

-- The CISAA conference championship race and the N.C. Independent Schools state race got a little more interesting last week. Providence Day, which nearly upset No. 6 Porter Ridge, showed it's ready to challenge Country Day or Charlotte Latin, which always seem to play for the conference and state title.

-- Mecklenburg County football is obviously down this year and local teams may not feel the effect until the playoffs. Stronger teams like Butler, Mallard Creek and Independence normally are tested throughout the season, which helps come playoffs. That likely won't happen much this year.

-- Independence and Butler play each other Oct. 28. Mallard Creek will have to find other ways to stay sharp.

-- Providence Day's Sam Frye kept up a family tradition when he committed to the Citadel this week. His four brothers all played college football.

Schedule

Games at 7:30, unless noted (*denotes highlights on WCNC, Channel 36 tonight at 11:13).
North Carolina
AFC Rangers at Marvin Ridge
Alexander Central at Fred T. Foard
Ardrey Kell at Independence, 7*
Bessemer City at Cherryville
Bluefield, W.Va., at Charlotte Latin
Burns at Freedom*
Butler at Rocky River, 7
Carson at Salisbury
C. Cabarrus at A.L. Brown*
Chatham Central at S. Stanly
Christ School at Metrolina Christian
Cox Mill at Hickory Ridge
Crest at Forestview
Cuthbertson at Forest Hills
Davidson Day at Asheville School, 4:30
Davie Co. at Hibriten
East Burke at Draughn
E. Gaston at Olympic, 7
E. Mecklenburg at Myers Park, 7
Garinger at Berry
HP Christian at Southlake Christian
Hickory Grove at Forsyth Country Day
Highland Tech at Lincolnton
Hopewell at Hough
J.M. Robinson at Concord*
Kings Mountain at Shelby
Mallard Creek at Lake Norman
Mount Pleasant at NW Cabarrus*
Newton-Conover at Bandys
N. Gaston at Ashbrook
N. Iredell at Statesville
N. Lincoln at E. Lincoln
N. Mecklenburg at W. Charlotte, 7*
N. Rowan at E. Montgomery
N. Stanly at Central Academy NE Prep at Providence Day
Patton at E. Rutherford
Providence at S. Mecklenburg, 7*
Q Foundation at Hoggard
Ravenscroft at Charlotte Country Day
R-S Central at Chase
S. Caldwell at St. Stephens
S. Iredell at Bunker Hill
South Point at Hunter Huss
Union Academy at Monroe
Vance at Mooresville
Watauga at Hickory
W. Caldwell at Maiden
W. Iredell at E. Rowan
W. Lincoln at Lake Norman Charter
W. Mecklenburg at Charlotte Catholic
W. Montgomery at Albemarle
W. Rowan at S. Rowan
W. Stanly at Piedmont
South Carolina
Blythewood at Rock Hill
Fort Mill at Broome
Great Falls at Buford
Lancaster at Ridge View
Nation Ford at Northwestern
North Central at Indian Land
Spartanburg at South Pointe
Sun Valley, NC, at Clover
Victory Christian at Westminster Catawba

FRIDAY NIGHT FRENZY
Here are scheduled games to be covered on "Friday Night Frenzy" Friday night at 11:13 p.m. on WCNC, TV, Channel 36:

South Point (5-0, 1-0 Big South 3A) at Hunter Huss (5-0, 1-0) GAME OF THE WEEK

Ardrey Kell at Independence

Burns at Freedom

North Mecklenburg at West Charlotte

West Mecklenburg at Charlotte Catholic 

Providence at South Meck

JM Robinson at Concord

Central Cabarrus at A.L. Brown

Mt. Pleasant at NW Cabarrus



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