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High School Football Roundup 08.23.14

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↑  Myers Park defense: Mustangs held Olympic to 162 yards total offense in a 21-7 win Friday.

↑  Kelvin Hopkins, Independence: Army recruit completed 17-of-24 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-0 win over South Meck. He also had a rushing TD. Teammate Will Walton caught five passes for 80 yards and two scores.

↑  SouthLake Christian DB Khalil Robinson: Committed to Toledo.

↓  Defense at Hickory Ridge-Piedmont: Don’t they say defense is usually ahead of offense early? Piedmont and Hickory Ridge combined for 743 yards, 33 first downs and 63 points in Hickory Ridge’s 35-28 win Friday.

Friday’s Top Performers

Jaire Alexander, Rocky River: In a 21-14 loss to Richmond Senior, Alexander had two touchdowns catches and eight receptions for 65 yards total. He had an 80-yard TD run called back and had an interception that stopped an early Raiders drive. Teammate Elijah Jett had 21 carries for 101 yards.

Anthony DiGionia, Davidson Day: QB playing his first varsity game threw four TDs in first half and ran for one in second half of a 43-7 win over Albemarle.

Bruce Dixon, Carolina Pride: Hickory Grove transfer threw four touchdown passes, all of at least 45 yards, and ran 8 yards for another score in Friday’s 39-13 win over Union Academy.

Richon Green, Berry: 16 tackles and four sacks in a 35-0 win over East Meck. Teammate Daron Baldon had 12 tackles and four sacks.

Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman: Ran for 108 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 205 yards and another score in a 35-28 win over North Mecklenburg.

Cole Martin, Nation Ford: Junior quarterback made his first varsity start in a 48-28 loss to Forestview. He completed 27-of-48 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Hank Tuipulotu caught 16 of the passes for 141 yards and three scores.

Nate Mullen, Hickory Ridge: 146 total yards on 12 touches in a 35-28 win over Piedmont. He had punt returns, kick returns, catches and runs.

Akease Rankin, Mooresville: Ran 19 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-21 win over West Rowan.

Rocky Reid, Concord: 24 carries for 147 yards and a score in a 20-14 win over rival A.L. Brown. Brown junior Sandon McCoy rushed 31 times for 138 yards.

Donnavan Spencer, Vance: 10 carries for 132 yards and one touchdown plus two catches for 16 yards in a 47-0 win at West Mecklenburg. Vance QB Omar Baker was 10-for-16 for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown.

Dominique Washington, Myers Park: 12 rushes for 103 yards and a score in a 21-7 win over Olympic on a night when the Trojans officially opened their new stadium.

Friday’s Roundup

Hopewell 39, Garinger 0: Hopewell grabbed a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and led 33-0 at halftime, en route to the easy win. Hopewell QB Caston Rudisill completed 3-of-9 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Dimitris Camp ran 13 times for 106 yards and three scores. Dion Rivers had six tackles and two tackles for a loss

Berry 35, East Mecklenburg 0: Berry won its first opening night game since beating Vance 44-6 in 2011. The Cardinals also ended a three-game losing streak dating to last season. Will Perkins had a 90-yard kick return for a score for Berry and Kiante Cotton had three scores. Berry will now play three straight road games at Mallard Creek Sept. 5, A.L. Brown Sept. 12 and West Charlotte Sept. 19. In fact, five of the Cardinals next six games are on the road. East Mecklenburg lost its third straight game dating to last season.

Davidson Day 43, Albemarle 7: Despite losing seven seniors to graduation, including All-American quarterback Will Grier, and 10 more players to transfer, Davidson Day opened with an impressive win over an Albemarle team ranked No. 8 in the N.C. Preps preseason 1A poll and No. 12 in Carolina Preps. Davidson Day has won three straight N.C. Independent Schools state championships.

Crest 35, South Point: Crest, which reached the state championship game last season, jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead over South Point, ranked No. 10 in the Observer’s preseason Sweet 16. Crest avenged last season’s season-opening 35-16 home loss to South Point and won its 11th straight regular-season game. South Point had a 37-game regular-season win streak snapped. South Point had not a regular-season game since falling 45-14 to Burns in 2010.

By The Numbers

13: Total offensive yards in second half by Olympic in a 21-7 loss to Myers Park

42: The N.C. High School Athletic Association has a new mercy rule in football. If a team leads by 42 points or more in the second half, the clock runs. Once the lead hits 42, the coaches can agree to terminate the game. The running clock will only stop for time-outs, injuries, scores and PATs. Basketball will have a running clock when the lead hits 40.

6: Quarterbacks from Ardrey Kell and Weddington both threw three interceptions in Weddington’s 31-28 win.

1: Gaston County’s Stuart Cramer played its first football game Friday, falling 28-7 to Thomas Jefferson.

37: Concord beat AL Brown for the third straight time Friday. That hasn’t happened for 37 years.

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