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High school defenses finally keeps scores in check

By Langston Wertz Jr.

Ah, defense.

In a season littered with 70-point games, by one team, and crazy offensive stats, we finally had some teams play defense Friday night.

• Charlotte Christian held Country Day to 22 yards rushing on 22 carries. Charlotte Christian won 45-21.

• Hough shut out Kannapolis Brown, and ended Brown’s 130-game scoring streak. The last Kannapolis team to be shut out? The 2004 team lost 28-0 to Eastern Randolph. A key to the game Friday was size. Hough’s offensive and defensive linemen probably outweighed Brown’s by an average of at least 50 pounds.

“The difference in offensive and defensive lines is, I’d say they were close to 300 pounds,” Brown coach Mike Newsome told the Concord Independent Tribune. “We’re about 215 pounds on the defensive line. That’s one of the biggest football teams I’ve seen in a long time, going back to the old Independence games” when Newsome was coaching at Butler.

Hough has shut out two teams in its past three games.

• West Mecklenburg held Olympic to 100 yards total offense and was ahead 41-0 before Olympic drove 72 yards on the final drive and scored with 45 seconds left. The Hawks won 41-8.

• In a 28-10 win over Mount Pleasant Friday, Monroe allowed 78 yards total offense.

• Weddington held Cuthbertson to 23 yards total offense in the second half of a 35-9 win. Weddington has won five straight games. In the past four, the Warriors (7-1, 2-0 Southern Carolina) have allowed 12 points.

• Charlotte Catholic blew out South Meck 42-6. The Cougars forced three turnovers and shut out South in the second half, when Catholic allowed only 95 yards.

• Rocky River held Butler to an unseasonably low 21 points in a 28-21 upset win. Rocky River has allowed just 41 points in its past five games, a run that includes two shut-out wins. Rocky River sealed the Butler game with a 53-yard run by Nalil Ramadan and a defense that forced Butler junior QB Anthony Ratliff into throwing four straight incomplete passes near midfield. Rocky River took over and ran out the clock, beating Butler for the first time.

• In South Carolina, Rock Hill South Pointe had four sacks and six interceptions in a 24-14 win over rival Rock Hill.

• I don’t think there’s an area team playing better defense, however, than Mallard Creek.

The Mavericks, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, shut out Vance 41-0 Friday. Mallard Creek, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, has shut out three of its past four opponents. Only two teams all season have scored more than seven points -- Dillon, S.C., and Hough each had 21 – but the other six opponents only managed 17.

Vance totaled 71 yards against Mallard Creek Friday. Before that game, Vance was averaging 43.2 points per game. The Cougars scored 33 points at Richmond Senior and 40 against A.L. Brown, both strong squads.

Notes

• Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood had four rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 42-6 win over South Meck. That took him to 7,060 career yards, unofficially, good for sixth on the all-time N.C. list. Hood also has 102 career rushing touchdowns. Only four other N.C. players have reached 100: Albemarle’s T.A. McLendon (170), West Rowan’s Kevin Parks (158), Maiden’s Tommy Henry (125) and Western Guilford/Asheboro’s Anthony Saunders (100).

• Clover ended a 25-game losing streak Friday. It was the longest in South Carolina. Clover beat Lancaster 42-21. Ladarius Adams rushed 28 times for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass. It was Clover’s first win since Sept. 11, 2011.

• Forest Hills coach John Lowery won his 250th career game in a 56-25 win over Parkwood Friday.

•  South Point is 39-1 in its past 40 conference games. South Point hasn’t lost a conference game since losing to Forestview in 2009. It was South Point’s first league loss in three years. South Point beat Forestview 49-34 Friday.

Wertz: 704-612-9716; Twitter: @langstonwertzjr; Facebook.com/queencitypreps
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