UP, Rocky Reid, Concord: First Cabarrus County player to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a season
UP, Shelby fans: Media reports had Shelby’s side of the stands in Reidsville at 95 percent full. That’s a 156-mile, three-hour drive.
UP, Cleveland County: Shelby and Crest, schools that are bitter rivals, have advanced to state championship games next week. It's the first time in nine years two Cleveland County schools advanced in the same year.
UP, Monroe: In the state finals for the second time in school history and first time since 1989. Redhawks still hunting their first state title.
Friday's Top Performers
Keenan Black, Concord: Completed 8-of-12 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns in the Spiders 35-14 win over Forestview. Concord is going back to the state championship game for the second straight season.
Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic: 31 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns plus a big tackle on a fake punt in the Cougars’ narrow 20-15 loss at unbeaten Greensboro Dudley.
Lawrence Pittman, Mallard Creek: 35 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns in 56-14 N.C. 4AA Western Regional championship win over Butler. Pittman’s rushing total was a school record and the 14th highest rushing total in Mecklenburg County history.
Isaiah Thomas, Monroe: scored on a 55-yard interception reutrn and a 28-yard scoring pass in the Redhawks 48-20 win over Parkwood.
Shelby 49, Reidsville 3: The game ended with Reidsville at Shelby’s 1, but it didn’t matter. The Golden Lions (11-4) dominated the other 47 minutes rolling to an easy win. The game was pretty much decided when Shelby QB RJ George hit Antwan Wright for a 39-yard score with 10 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third quarter. Shelby led 21-3. Shelby beat a Reidsville team that has won 18 state titles. The Golden Lions, who won their N.C. best 725th game in school history, will play Southwest Onslow (12-3) in next week’s state championship game. Shelby QB George surpassed the 3,000-yard mark Friday.
Murphy 53, Albemarle 21: Murphy (12-3) advanced to its fourth straight state championship game with a dominating performance at home Friday. Albemarle had to travel 266 miles, nearly five hours, to make the game, and fell behind 19-7 at halftime. By then, Murphy had 26 rushes for 191 yards and three scores. Albemarle had 13 carries for 16 yards. Murphy lost in the 2010 and 2012 state finals. It defeated Jones Senior 21-6 in 2011. Murphy will play unbeaten Plymouth (14-0) in next week’s state final. Albemarle was in the regional round for the sixth time in seven years.
He Said It
"Congrats to Dudley they earned that 1 cant take nothing away from them 2 walked in 1 walked out
#respect been fun cc community I love u all" -- Charlotte Catholic All-America running back Elijah Hood took to Twitter after his team's tough 20-15 loss to Greensboro Dudley in the N.C. 4A state semifinals.
North Carolina Regional Finals
East: Wake Forest 24, Middle Creek 23
West: Mallard Creek 56, Butler 14
East: Scotland County 53, Greenville Rose 40
West: Greensboro Dudley 20, Charlotte Catholic 15
East: Southern Durham 38, Wilson Hunt 10
West: Crest 23, Northern Guilford 17 (OT)
East: Havelock 44, Eastern Wayne 20
West: Concord 35, Forestview 14
East: High Point Andrews 42, Washington 15
West: Monroe 48, Parkwood 20
East: SW Onslow 19, Northeastern 9
West: Shelby 49, Reidsville 3
East: James Kenan 28, Wallace Rose-Hill 14
West: West Montgomery 44, Swain County 38
East: Plymouth 50, Lejeune 13
West: Murphy 53, Albemarle 21
NCHSAA State Finals
1A: Dec. 14, BBT Field Winston-Salem, 11 a.m.
Plymouth (14-0) vs. Murphy (12-3)
1AA: Dec. 14, BBT Field, Winston-Salem, 3 p.m.
James Kenan (14-0) vs.West Montgomery (14-1)
2A: Dec. 14, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, 11 a.m.
SW Onslow (12-3) vs. Shelby (11-4)
2AA: Dec. 13, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Monroe (13-2) vs. High Point Andrews (13-1)
3A: Dec. 14, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, 11 a.m.
Concord (15-0) vs. Havelock (15-0)
3AA: Dec. 14, BBT Field, Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
Crest (14-1) vs. Southern Durham (13-2)
4A: Dec. 14, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, 3 p.m.
Greensboro Dudley (14-0) vs. Scotland County (15-0)
4AA: Dec. 14, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, 7 p.m.
Mallard Creek (15-0) vs. Wake Forest (12-3)
S.C. 4A Division II Championship
Northwestern vs. Stratford, noon, Columbia
Davidson Day’s Will Grier repeats as N.C. Gatorade player of the year
After polishing off a record-breaking career at Davidson Day, Patriots quarterback Will Grier has repeated as the N.C. Gatorade player of the year. Grier is also one of six finalists for the U.S. Army All-America player of the year award.
The Gatorade award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
This season, Grier led his team to a 12-1 record and a third straight N.C. Independent Schools state title. He threw for 4,989 yards and a Mecklenburg County and N.C. record 77 touchdowns. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes. Grier also rushed for 1,252 yards and 13 touchdowns on 115 carries.
In his final game against Harrell’s Christian, Grier completed 32-of-42 passes for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in a 69-28 state championship win. Grier also rushed seven times for 57 yards and a touchdown. For his career, Grier threw for 14,559 yards and 195 touchdowns on 888-of-1,258 passing (70.5 percent) while rushing for 2,990 yards and 32 touchdowns on 307 carries.
Grier has maintained a 3.40 weighted GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Spanish Club, he has also donated his time as a youth football instructor and volunteered on behalf of a youth literacy-outreach program as well as the Pop Warner Challenger Flag Football League.
“Let me make one blanket statement that will cover everything: In chatting with all the coaches around here, we all feel he’s the best high school quarterback any one of us has ever gone against—period—and I’ve been doing this since 1970,” said Larry McNulty, head coach at rival Charlotte Latin School. “If you try to stop the passing game, he’ll pull it down and run right past you, over you or through you. And if you defend the run, he’ll throw around you and over you."
West Charlotte football coach Marcus Surratt resigns
West Charlotte athletics director Chris Satterfield told the Observer that Lions football coach Marcus Surratt has resigned.
Surratt coached the Lions for four seasons. His first team, in 2010, finished 8-5. The Lions have been 5-28 since. Satterfield said the school will begin a search for a replacement immediately.
In the just completed 2013 season, Surratt's team was 0-11 and was outscored 532-146. West Charlotte reached the state semifinals in 2007 under Maurice Flowers but had to forfeit its wins because of ineligible players.
The 2013 season was the first time West Charlotte had gone without a win on the field since 1968.
From 1980-1999, the Lions had two head coaches -- Bruce Hardin and Tom Knotts, a pair that led the Lions to five state championship appearances.
Since 2000, the Lions have had six head coaches: Mike Helms (6-5, 2000 season), Pete Gilchrist (50-29, 2001-06, one state finals appearance), Flowers (0-14-1, 2007), Aaron Brand (9-4, 2008), Jeff Simpson (5-7, 2009) and Surratt.
West Charlotte joins Myers Park, Garinger and Vance as Mecklenburg County schools with head coaching vacancies.
Friday, December 6, 2013