High School Football Roundup
↓ Mallard Creek: Mavericks QB Emiere Scaife, an Applachian State recruit, will have surgery on his ankle Saturday. He’ll miss Friday’s showdown with No. 3 Hough and the remainder of the season. He injured his ankle in last week’s win over West Charlotte.
↑ Shrine Bowl selections: N.C. and S.C. Shrine Bowl coaches will meet in Fort Mill Monday to pick the 40-man teams. More than 400 names were submitted. The teams will be announced Thursday.
↑ Caleb York, Providence: Completed 14-of-17 passes for 181 yards and two scores in 31-27 upset of No. 5 West Meck. York also rushed for 48 yards. This was the Mecklenburg County upset of the year.
↑ Providence Day: upset previously unbeaten SouthLake Christian 43-33 on the road.
Friday’s Top Performers
Donavan Spencer, Vance: 14 carries, 116 yards and four scores in 55-40 loss to A.L. Brown
Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic: 13 carries, 209 yards and four touchdowns for Hood, a preseason All-American who topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Elijah Deveaux, Charlotte Christian: 15 carries for 119 yards and two scores in 38-3 win over previously unbeaten CISAA foe Charlotte Latin.
Sandon McCoy, A.L. Brown: 19 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns in 55-40 win over Vance. Brown QB Andrew Ramirez was 9-of-13 passing for 165 yards and two scores.
Logan Bradley, Forestview: Completed 19-of-26 passes for 279 yards and six touchdowns in a 66-7 win over Bessemer City.
Kenny Purvis, Central Cabarrus: 20 carries for 308 yards and four touchdowns in 63-50 loss to Concord. In the past two weeks, Purvis has 815 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Anthony Ratliff, Butler: 207 yards passing, four touchdown passes and 86 yards rushing plus another score in a 42-6 win over East Meck.
Rocky Reid, Concord: 36 carries for 338 yards and four rushing touchdowns in 63-50 win over Central Cabarrus. He had a 53-yard TD reception.
Rod Tinsley, Olympic: 9-of-14 for 142 yards and two touchdowns in 34-22 win over Ardrey Kell. Tinsley ran eight times for 64 yards and a score. Teammates Isaac Garcia (12 carries, 126 yards, TD) and Darius Means (five catches, 111 yards, score) also had big games.
Nick Vagnone, Porter Ridge: Scored game-winning two-point conversion run in Pirates’ 35-34 win over Independence. He also had a 52-yard interception return for a score and a one-yard scoring run.
No. 3 Hough 73, Robinson 0: Hough (6-0, 2-0 MECKA 8) warmed up for next week’s showdown with top-ranked Mallard Creek with an easy win. The Huskies smashed the single-game school record for points. Hough, which opened in 2010, set the school-record for points earlier this year in a 51-29 win at Lake Norman.
Robinson (0-6, 0-2) remained winless.
Hough now turns its attention to what may be the biggest game in school history. Mallard Creek is nationally ranked and No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll and the Associated Press top 10 poll. Hough has never beaten Mallard Creek, losing 28-3 in 2012, 51-14 in 2011 and 52-0 in 2010.
No. 1 Mallard Creek 69, Hopewell 0: Mallard Creek, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, played its first full game without injured QB Emiere Scaife and won easily. The Mavericks (6-0, 2-0 MECKA 8) scored 34 points in the first half. New QB James Smith was 11-for-17 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He played three quarters.
Rocky River 67, Garinger 0: Rocky River won its sixth straight game to improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Southwestern 4A. The average margin of victory in the win streak is nearly 25 points. Rocky River is now off for one week before playng Butler at home in a game that could determine the league championship Oct. 18.
Charlotte Catholic 41, Harding 14: Charlotte Catholic coach Jim Oddo won his 350th career game Friday as the Cougars (4-2, 2-0) won easily. Harding, which was 3-0 two weeks ago and off to its best start in years, lost its second straight game. The Rams are 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the SoMeck. Catholic now faces a huge home game next week with Olympic (5-1, 2-0).
Victory Christian 20, Marvin Ridge 14: The Kings held on for the uspet against the Union County public school team. Victory turned the ball over on downs with 61 seconds left at the Marvin Ridge 32. Marvin Ridge got to the Victory Christian 11 with second and goal but fumbled on third down. Victory Christian recovered to seal the win.
Weddington 28, Country Day 3: Country Day fell to 4-2 after a tough loss in Union County. The Bucs were trying to duplicate the win they had a few weeks ago at 4A public school power Durham Hillside. Weddington (5-1) won is third straight game, all by double-digits since a 7-0 loss at A.L. Brown. Weddington faces Southern Carolina conference rival Anson Senior next week.
South Meck 45, Berry 24: The Sabres (2-4, 2-0 SoMeck8) won their second straight game and moved into first place in the league standings along with Charlotte Catholic and Olympic. The Sabres led 25-0 and had the lead cut to 25-24 before scoring the final 20 points of the game.
North Mecklenburg 23, West Charlotte 22: North Meck (3-3, 1-1 MECKA 8) was up 23-0 and cruising in the second half. West Charlotte scored and then scored again after a Vikings fumble. Down 23-14, West Charlotte scored off another Vikings turnover and recovered the onside kick with 40 seconds left. West Charlotte (0-6, 0-2) couldn’t do anything else and North Meck held on. The teams have played some wild games in the past. Five years ago, North Meck led by 30 at halftime and lost 42-33.
Providence Day 43, SouthLake Christian 33: Providence Day (5-2) -- the 2012 N.C. Independent Schools Division I runner-up -- pulled the upset in Huntersville, ending SouthLake’s unbeaten season. Providence Day led 7-6 at halftime and then extended the lead to 29-12 after the third quarter. SouthLake is 6-1.
By The Numbers
4: Ashbrook’s defense forced four turnovers in 35-14 win over North Gaston. Dominique Wilson scored on one of them, via an interception return.
184: Receiving yards for Ardrey Kell's Trey Ellis in Olympic game. Ellis had eight catches and one touchdown.
207: West Meck’s Shaun Wilson had 9 carries for 207 yards and three scores in the second half of Friday’s 31-27 upset loss at Providence. He finished with 16 carries for 215 yards and four scores.
2: South Point’s defense stopped Hunter Huss’ game-winning 2-point PAT try in overtime to win 28-27. On the first attempt, South Point was flagged for a penalty after a stop. On the second, the Red Raiders perserved their unbeaten season by stopping Huss star Kerrion Moore.
3: North Meck improved to 3-3 after holding off West Charlotte Friday. It’s the first time since 2010 the Vikings have won three games in a season. North was 2-8 in 2012 and 1-10 in 2011. North was 3-8 in 2010.
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