Providence High’s Panthers and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers did a good thing Friday night.
The high school Panthers played East Mecklenburg at home and asked fans to wear orange to support Panthers student and lacrosse player Noah Hays, a junior who is battling a rare form of cancer. Tons of Providence fans wore orange and the school’s large “P” in the middle of the football field – usually in school colors of black and gold – was redone in orange.
Hays is being home-schooled while he undergoes chemotherapy at the Levine’s Children Hospital. Hays’ family has been told by doctors there are only three published cases in the United States of people with the type of cancer he has, and only 350 people in the world. Rhabdomyosarcomas is made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles.
Hays attended Friday’s game as an honorary captain. The Carolina Panthers had a representative there to honor Hays’ “Make-A-Wish” request. The Panthers awarded Hays with an all access pass to hang out with the team.
▪ Quick thought: Howard and Hampton and Florida State and Boston College both played nationally televised games Friday. College football should not be played on Fridays, when the high schools play. Colleges are harming the prep game by diverting attention.
↑Forest Hills: upset Sweet 16 No. 16 Cuthbertson Friday 24-17. Forest Hills has won three straight and only lost to No. 10 Weddington.
↑South Iredell special teams: three blocked punts in first half of 40-14 win over North Rowan.
↑North Meck: rallied to beat Rocky River and improve to 4-1. Vikings have topped 2014 win total.
▪ Clifton Duck, Butler: 38-yard touchdown catch and 39-yard interception return for score in 35-3 win over Hough.
↑Hickory Ridge: Rallied from 17-0 down in the second half to beat Cox Mill 21-17. Remington Peters’ 2-yard run won it with 67 seconds.
Friday’s Top Performers
Kendall Coles, North Meck: 8-for-13 for 110 yards and score; 21 rushes for 105 yards and two touchdowns in 27-23 win over Rocky River. Coles’ 1-yard run with 1.1 seconds left was the difference.
Brian Digsby, Berry: 21-for-29 for 246 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-44 win over West Charlotte. Digsby completed seven passes to Kusegi Cureton for 116 yards and two scores.
Myles Dorn, Vance: 12 catches for 173 yards and a score in a 41-20 win over Independence.
Kingsley Ifedi, Vance: 24-for-37 for 370 yards, two scores against Independence. Ifedi ran for 112 yards and a score.
Benny LeMay, Butler: Ran 19 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-3 win over Hough. LeMay caught three passes for 64 yards and another score.
Xavier McCoy, West Charlotte: four catches, 104 yards and three touchdowns against Berry.
Gage Moloney, Jerry Howard, Rock Hill Northwestern: In a 35-34 win over rival South Pointe, Moloney completed 24-of-32 passes for 241 yards and two scores. He averaged 45 yards on two punts and rushed 17 times for 87 yards and two scores. Howard rushed 22 times for 167 yards and a score.
Greg Ruff, Rock Hill South Pointe: 19-for-22 for 387 yards and five touchdowns against Northwestern.
Rudiger Yearick, Metrolina Christian: 16-for-23 for 163 yards and a score, plus 14 carries for 196 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-32 win over Rabun Gap. Teammate Christian Yarborough ran 15 times for 183 yards and two TDs.
Charlotte Latin 49, Carolina Pride 7: Latin’s DeMarkes Stradford had 12 carries for 153 yards and three scores in the easy win. Latin (4-0) is averaging nearly 50 points per game.
Davidson Day 48, Community School of Davidson 0: Sam Hartman was 23-of-28 for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Khalil Moore caught nine passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Davidson Day RB Cade Carney (shoulder) played one series.
East Mecklenburg 21, Providence 14: East Meck (2-3) won its second straight game, running out to a 21-0 lead. Providence (1-3) scored twice in the fourth quarter, but lost its third straight.
Olympic 42, Porter Ridge 7: After an 0-2 start, Olympic has won its last two games by a combined 63-13.
Marvin Ridge 41, Garinger 7: Marvin Ridge (2-3) won its second straight game after leading 28-0 at halftime. Garinger fell to 0-5 and extended its losing streak to 35 games.
Providence Day 56, Victory Christian 0: The Chargers (2-3) ended a two-game losing streak after leading 49-0 at halftime. Grant Henderson ran 11 times for 100 yards and three scores. Arman Azad had two sacks.
Pine Lake Prep 42, Mountain Island Charter 0: Pine Lake Prep’s Dylan Embree, William Harwood and Taylor Hochman combined for more than 300 yards rushing.
How the Sweet 16 fared
1. Mallard Creek
d. McDonogh (Md.) 28-7
d. No. 6 Hough 35-3
3. Char. Catholic
4. South Pointe
lost 35-34, OT, to No. 7 Northwestern
d. Independence 41-20
lost 35-3 to No. 2 Butler
d. No. 4 South Pointe 35-34, OT
8. A.L. Brown
9. S. Mecklenburg
d. Parkwood 45-6
11. Ardrey Kell
13. East Lincoln
14. Davidson Day
d. Comm. School
of Davidson 48-0
d. Anson 35-7
lost 24-17 to Forest Hills