↓ Central Cabarrus hands: Central Cabarrus players dropped three apparent touchdown passes in the first half against Hickory Ridge. Hickory Ridge rallied to win 21-17.
↓ Kicking and Punting: Mecklenburg County teams are not, by and large, very proficient at it.
↑ “ New” South Mecklenburg: The Sabres, who have been promising a turnaround this season, beat Harding 42-12 Friday to win their fourth straight game. South Meck (4-1) has already won the most games the school has had since the 2011 team.
↑ Ardrey Kell: Scored 35 straight points and held on to beat West Meck 35-19 and win its fourth straight.
↑ Charlotte Christian D: Knights held 3-time Division I state champ Liberty Christian (Va.) to 147 yards total offense in a 10-0 win Friday. Elijah Deveaux ran 18 times for 127 yards and a score for the Knights.
Friday’s Top Performers
Omar Baker, Vance: 11-for-18 for 154 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-13 win over Concord Robinson. He rushed three times for 125 yards and a score.
Dupree Hart, Rock Hill Northwestern: 20 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-28 win over Fort Mill. Hart also completed 10-of-12 passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns.
Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman: UNC baseball commit rushed 13 times for 104 yards and a score in a 49-26 win over Alexander Central. He completed 18-of-27 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns. Dylan Galbo caught five passes for 139 yards and two scores. Alexander’s Bradley Anderson rushed 30 times for 165 yards and two scores.
Brian Mattar, Providence: 21 carries for 130 yards and three scores in a 33-14 win over Olympic.
Christian McPhail, Independence: Stepping in for QB Kelvin Hopkins, who sat out Friday’s game, McPhail completed 12-of-22 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 win over East Mecklenburg. Independence’s defense got its fifth shutout in six weeks. The Patriots have allowed 17 points all season.
Akease Rankin, Mooresville: Ran 24 times for 198 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-12 win over Statesville to win the Grid Iron Cup. He scored all five touchdowns in the first half.
Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Butler: 8-for-11 passing for 190 yards and four touchdown passes in a 66-0 win over Garinger. He also had a 30-yard scoring run. Teammate Benny LeMay ran 11 times for 64 yards and three scores.
Cody Reece, Mount Pleasant: 28 carries for 280 yards and two scores in a 31-15 win over Carson. Mount Pleasant won its third straight game.
Rocky Reid, Concord: 34 carries for 213 yards and two scores in a 29-12 win over East Rowan.
James Smith, Mallard Creek: 17-of-27 for 244 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-27 win over West Charlotte.
Chazz Surratt, East Lincoln: 15-for-21 and 352 yards in a 48-17 win over Bandys. Ran 7 times for 109 yards and a TD.
Cuthbertson 28, Providence Day 10: Cuthbertson grabbed a 19-0 halftime lead before Providence Day scored 10 straight points in third quarter to get close. Gabe Montgomery had a 10-yard run and Luke Henegar made a 32-yard field goal for the Chargers. But Cuthbertson got a 9-yard Cody Wilson run in the fourth quarter and a safety to put the game away in the fourth quarter. Cuthbertson QB Austin Kendall, a Tennessee recruit, threw three touchdown passes.
Sun Valley 48, Monroe 47: In a game where the lead changed back and forth all game, Sun Valley got the win when QB Demarco Reaves threw a 40-yard touchdown, on 3rd down and 15, to Jeremiah Miller with 28 seconds left. Sun Valley’s Albert Funderburke had 217 yards rushing.
East Lincoln 48, Bandys 17: East Lincoln junior QB Chazz Surratt was 15-for-21 for 352 yards and four touchdowns in the easy win. Surrat ran for 109 yards and a score on seven carries. East Lincoln, No. 12 in the Sweet 16, improved to 5-0.
Charlotte Catholic 40, Berry 18: Charlotte Catholic, No. 7 in the Sweet 16, had a little trouble early with Berry, trailing 12-3 in the second quarter. But the Cougars scored 27 straight points to put the game away. That run included two Jaret Anderson scoring runs. Berry’s Kiante Cotton threw two touchdown passes.
Hickory Ridge 21, Central Cabarrus 17: Nate Mullen scored the game-winning touchdown with 4 minutes, 58 seconds as his team scored 14 points in the final quarter to rally from a 17-7 deficit. Mullen scored the other fourth quarter touchdown with 11:20 to play as Hickory Ridge (5-1) ended Central Cabarrus’ unbeaten season. Central fell to 4-1. Jaylen Rudisell rushed for 130 yards and a score for Hickory Ridge. Dalyann Fuller (148 yards, one TD) and Xavier Harris (121, 1) both had 100-plus yards for Central.
Davidson Day 20, Marvin Ridge 17: Davidson Day dressed 18 players due to injury and illness. Down five players off their usual 23-man roster, Davidson Day lost linebacker and right tackle Chase Monroe (neck) on the second play of the game. Monroe is a high-major Division I recruit. Davidson Day was down most of the game and trailed 17-13 in the fourth quarter. Davidson Day got a 68-yard touchdown pass from Anthony DiGioia to Jacob Robinson to win the game and improve to 6-0. DiGioia threw three touchowns.
By The Numbers
13: Butler High quarterback Anthony Ratliff-Williams threw four touchdowns passes in the first 13 minutes of Friday’s 66-0 win over Garinger. Three of those were to Alex Barrow, covering 34-, 44- and 63-yards.
43: South Point rushed for 243 in the first half of its 34-14 win over East Gaston. East Gaston had 91 total yards in the first half.
21: Consecutive points from Charlotte Latin to gain a 42-14 lead over Fork Union and ultimately win 56-42. Latin had 504 yards offense but allowed 426. QB Daniel Jones was 18-for-31 for 350 yards and four touchdowns
2: Charlotte Country Day started its 41-6 win over Raleigh Ravenscroft with two interception returns for a score – a 76-yarder from John Donahue and an 18-yarder from Will Cuthbertson. Country Day is 4-1