↑ Hopewell: After Friday’s 33-7 win over Vance, Hopewell has won four straight and is tied with A.L. Brown for third place in the MECKA 8. Hopewell plays at Brown next week.
↓ Independence special teams: Plagued with giving up big plays on kickoffs and punts all season, the Patriots allowed a 76-yard kickoff return in a close 21-14 win over No. 13 Rocky River Friday.
↑ Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic: 19-carry, 351-yard rushing performance in a win over Ardrey Kell was the second-highest rush total of his career, and it was the fifth-best in Mecklenburg County history. Hood also tied a county record he shares with several others with six rushing touchdowns. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
↑ Marveon Mobley, Rock Hill South Pointe: Got his 7th interception of the season against York Friday.
↑ Thomas Jefferson: Beat Pine Lake Prep to end a two-game losing streak and earn school-record 7th win. Thomas Jefferson is 7-3.
Friday’s Top Performers
Isaiah Robinson, Independence: 21 carries, 113 yards and a score for Wake Forest recruit in a 21-14 upset win over No. 13 Rocky River.
Jaire Alexander, Rocky River: two interceptions and a 76-yard kickoff return in 21-14 loss to Independence. Teammate Nail Ramadan was 11-for-18 passing for 152 yards.
Elijah Deveaux, Charlotte Christian: 21 carries, 138 yards and three touchdowns in 38-10 win over Providence Day to complete 10-0 regular-season. Teammate Austin Kendall threw two touchdown passes of 35- and 58-yards. He also ran for a 34-yard score.
Will Grier, Davidson Day: Florida recruit threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as Davidson Day, the reigning N.C. Independent School Division II champ beat Division III champion Victory Christian 40-6.
Cole Bloomer, Country Day: Scored game-winning points in 24-21 come-from-behind win over rival Charlotte Latin. He completed 16-of-22 passes for 200 yards and a score. He had two rushing touchdowns.
Dominique Heath, Hopewell: Had 137 yards total offense and three touchdowns in the Titans 33-7 win over Vance. Heath, a Kansas State recruit, also had three catches for 71 yards and two scores. He ran for 66 yards and another touchdown. Teammate Dimitris Camp had 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Caleb York, Providence: 8-for-13 for 73 yards and 11 rushes for 22 yards and a score in a 35-16 win over South Meck. Teammate Brian Mattar ran 15 times for 116 yards and a score as Providence set up a game at Charlotte Catholic next week for a conference title. South Meck’s Stephen Griffin threw for 90 yards and a score and ran for 61 yards.
Jerry Chadwick, Hopewell: 9-for-17 passing for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-7 win over Vance.
West Mecklenburg 33, Berry 13: West Meck struggled early but came on late to win its third game in four weeks. The Hawks (8-2, 4-2 SoMeck 8) are ranked No. 11 in the Sweet 16. West Meck finishes its season at rival Harding Friday. Berry fell to 2-8 overall, 1-5 in league play.
Porter Ridge 41, East Meck 13: Porter Ridge jumped on East Meck early, taking a 27-0 lead in the first half. The Pirates (7-3, 4-1 Southwestern 4A) have won four of their past five games and are in a four-way tie for first place with Independence, Butler and Rocky River. Porter Ridge ends its regular-season at home with Rocky River next week.
Myers Park 56, Garinger 6: Myers Park led 42-6 at halftime, which was more points than the Mustangs (3-7, 1-4 Southwestern 4A) had scored in a single game all season. Myers Park ended a four-game losing streak. Garinger dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-6 in league play. Myers Park hosts rival East Meck next week. Garinger’s season is over.
Olympic 55, Harding 0: Playing without star running back Isaac Garcia, Olympic ran out to a 48-0 halftime lead and handed Harding its sixth straight loss. Harding (3-6, 0-6 SoMeck) plays West Meck next week at home. Olympic (6-4, 3-3) plays Berry at home.
SouthLake Christian 56, Lake Norman Storm 6: SouthLake’s Robert Washington scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and four in the first half of an easy win. SouthLake led 20-0 after the first quarter and 33-0 at halftime.
Carolina Pride 27, AFC Rangers 22: Carolina Pride, a home-school team in Mecklenburg County, took a 21-8 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Pride had to hold on as the Rangers scored twice in a row to take a 22-21 lead before the Pride got a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Ryan Jernigan had 14 tackles in the game and two interceptions for Carolina Pride. He has 131 tackles for the season.
By The Numbers
2-95: South Point’s opening drive over North Gaston went 95 yards in two plays. QB Jaquan Brooks did the heavy lifting, however, going 89 yards for a score on the second play of the drive. Brooks also had a 74-yard run in the first half.
4-4: Mallard Creek's N.C. State recruit, Jaylen Sanders touched the ball four times in the Mavericks 62-0 win at Robinson. Sanders scored four touchdowns -- three rushing and one receiving.
7-4: A.L. Brown’s Damon Johnson completed 7-of-10 passes against West Charlotte Friday. Four of his seven completions were for touchdowns. He threw for 133 yards.
4:40: Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood came out of his team’s 49-24 win over Ardrey Kell with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. Catholic led 42-14. Hood finished with 351 yards and a Mecklenburg County -tying six rushing touchdowns on 19 carries.
He said it
“We called off the dogs. He could’ve had 450 (yards). He’s very special. He surprises me every week.” – Charlotte Catholic coach Jim Oddo on the decision to take Hood out of the game so early.
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