Last season, North Mecklenburg finished 3-8 and lost five games by a total of 25 points. With 17 seniors coming back for the 2015 season, Vikings coach Brad Baker thought his team would have a great chance to earn the school its first winning season since 2006.
After Friday’s 35-0 win over Community School of Davidson, Baker and the boys are 3-1. And North Meck has a bona fide three-game win streak.
“It’s just been a long time coming,” Baker said Friday night. “Our slogan has been, ‘It’s our time.’ We’ve put the work in. Last year, we were 25 points away from being eight and three. All spring and summer, we talked about finishing drills, finishing plays, finishing games. I talked to our 17 seniors about finishing their senior year.”
This is Baker’s fourth season and the majority of his seniors have been him for each of those four years. The Vikings finished 2-8, 4-7 and 3-8.
“We’ve been talking about this for three years,” said Baker, whose team plays Rocky River at home next week.”
↑South Mecklenburg: Sabres are 4-0 after Friday’s 14-7 overtime win over Myers Park, and off to their best start since 1989 when they started 8-0.
↑Central Academy: Monroe-based school beat Northside Christian to improve to 4-0 for the first time ever
↓Weather: Pushed several games to Monday, including No. 13 East Lincoln at Forestview. Crest’s home game with Draughn didn’t start until more than 90 minutes after the scheduled 7:30 kickoff. Will be second week in a row with postponed games.
↑Charlotte Christian: beat 4A Wilmington Hoggard at home 27-10 after grabbing a 20-0 halftime lead. Christian held Hoggard to 203 yards total offense and freshman QB Garrett Shrader threw for 269 yards and two scores.
↑Charlotte Catholic defense: Cougars first-team defense has allowed no points in three games. Catholic outscored three opponents 81-6.
East Meck 19, Harding 16: East Meck coach Barry Shuford led his team (1-3) to its first win. Shuford coached Harding coach Sam Greiner, when Greiner has in high school at Butler in the late ‘90s. Greiner and Harding fell to 1-3.
Davidson Day 53, Harrells Christian 0: The Patriots improved to 4-0 in an easy win. QB Sam Hartman was 21-for-28 for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Sammy Cunningham had seven carries, 110 and two touchdowns. Star RB Cade Carney (shoulder) didn’t play.
No. 11 AL Brown 20, No. 10 Mooresville 9: AL Brown rallied to win at home and improve to 4-0. Mooresville fell to 2-2.
Charlotte Latin 35, Ravenscroft 7: Latin had 459 yards total offense, 200 more than Ravenscroft. Hawks RB DeMarkes Stradford ran 24 times for 167 yards and three TDs.
Marvin Ridge 38, Providence Day 20: Marvin Ridge (1-3), which had been averaging 14 points per game, got its first win of the season, easily handling Providence Day.
Concord 21, Hickory Ridge 18: Concord’s PJ Hall had a 3-yard run with 1:09 to play to win. Hall finished with 24 carries for 135 yards and two scores.
Country Day 70, Grace Crossing 0: The Bucs outgained Grace 303-57 in an easy win. Nicholas Tennant ran nine times for 104 yards and four scores.
Friday’s Top Performers
Davis Cheek, Butler: 21-for-27 for 227 yards and a touchdown in a 32-13 win at 4A power Richmond Senior.
Bryce Maginley, Ardrey Kell: 19-of-28 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns, plus 13 carries for 205 yards and a score against Hough.
Jarrett Nagy, Hough: 17 carrries, 136 yards, four touchdowns in second half of 41-37 win over Ardrey Kell.
Kingsley Ifedi, Vance: 16-of-27 for 282 yards and three touchdowns in 41-34 loss to South Pointe. South Point QB Greg Ruff threw for 150 yards and three scores.
James Smith, Mallard Creek: Played one half of the Mavericks 70-0 win over Garinger, completing 14-of-18 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns.
Cederick Stone, Independence: 90-yard intereption return for a score and 16-yard TD catch in 20-6 win over West Meck.
John Turley, Charlotte Christian: WR averaged 49.3 yards per catch in 27-10 win over Wilmington Hoggard – three catches for 148 yards.
Gage Moloney, Rock Hill Northwestern: 21-of-22 passing for 449 yards and six scores in a 52-7 win over Greenwood.
How the Sweet 16 fared
lost 41-34 to No. 5 Rock Hill South Pointe
2. Mallard Creek
d. Garinger 70-0
d. Richmond Sr. 32-13
4. Char. Catholic
d. Rocky River 34-6
5. South Pointe
d. No. 1 Vance 41-34
d. No. 9 Ardrey Kell 41-37
d. Greenwood 52-7
lost 45-38, 3 OT to Monroe
9. Ardrey Kell
lost 41-37 at No. 6 Hough
lost 23-9 to No. 11 A.L. Brown
11. A.L. Brown
d. No. 10 Mooresville 23-9
12. S. Mecklenburg
d. Myers Park 14-7, OT
13. East Lincoln
vs Forestview, ppd, Mon.
14. Davidson Day
d. Harrells Christian 53-0
lost to West Forsyth 35-6
d. Berry 33-27