NEXT WEEK'S BEST GAMES
Sweet 16 No. 3 Charlotte Catholic at No. 12 Berry
Berry (6-1, 3-0 MEGA 7) has looked wonderful in some games, yet struggled in others when it was heavily favored. Charlotte Catholic (7-0, 3-0) has been more consistent, basically streamrolling everyone. These two are tied with Olympic for first place in the conference. Berry plays at Olympic Oct. 21 and Olympic visits Catholic Oct. 28. Will be a fast finish for the most competitive championship race in Charlotte.
Mooresville at Hough
Teams are tied for second place in the I-Meck 4A, one game behind Mallard Creek. Hough (4-4, 3-1) has won three of four. Mooresville (6-2, 3-1) has won three straight.
North Meck at Vance
North (1-7, 0-4 I-Meck) and Vance (2-6, 1-3) are both struggling, but this game features two high major college recruits -- North receiver Terrence Clyburn and Vance tailback Larenz Bryant -- and two schools that are big rivals.
No. 16 Freedom at East Rutherford
Since losing to No. 6 Burns by a point, Freedom (6-1, 2-1 South Mountain) has won two games by a total score of 101-7. East Rutherford (5-3, 2-1) and Shelby (4-4, 2-1) are tied with Freedom for second place behind Burns (7-1, 3-0).
Weddington at No. 5 Porter Ridge
Maybe it’s time to give credit to the level of football being played in western Union County. It’s close to southern Mecklenburg, where the best football in state is played, and it’s rubbing off. Weddington (6-1, 2-0 Southern Carolina) is third leading scoring team in the league. Porter Ridge is No. 1 and the Pirates defense has allowed 16 points in three weeks.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Vance defense: Held Lake Norman to 25 total yards (not a typo) and two first downs in a 20-14 win. Vance ended a five-game losing streak.
Riley Ferguson, Butler: After throwing an interception that gave Ardrey Kell a five-point lead with two minutes left, junior quarterback -- who threw for 325 yards and four scores -- led his team on a five-play 71-yard drive to win 43-40.
Cameron Mattox, South Iredell: Third straight 200-yard game in 27-20 win over Draughn Friday. Ran for 228 on 20 carries in battle of teams tied for first place in conference play.
Desmond Lawrence, Charlotte Christian: 225 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 49-29 win over Carolina Pride Friday. Also had three interceptions, one returned for a score.
Quayshawn Chambers, Monroe: In 42-0 win over West Stanly, threw for 161 yards and three scores and ran for 165 yards and two scores.
Jackson Campbell, Hough: School-record 182 yards rushing on 20 carries in 24-21 win over West Charlotte.
Chase Ferguson, Providence Day: Hit on 17-of-28 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday’s 27-17 win over rival Charlotte Latin.
Michael Gullatte, Crest: Sophomore completed 10-of-11 p asses for 251 yards and four touchdowns in 52-21 homecoming in over North Gaston.
Dinkin Miller, West Rowan: 22 carries for 188 yards in 26-10 win at Reidsville in game that mathed teams that have won six combined state championships the past four years.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
NEXT WEEK'S BEST GAMES