East Lincoln’s football team avenged an early loss to Cuthbertson in winning the Carolina Panthers’ 7-on-7 passing tournament, held June 19 at the Panthers’ practice facility in Charlotte.
Led by the Surratt brothers, the Mustangs – who went 16-0 and won the NCHSAA 2AA state championship last fall – avenged an earlier loss to the Cavaliers in winning the title. They beat Cuthbertson in the championship game 28-21.
Chazz Surratt, a rising senior and Duke commit, connected with younger brother and rising junior Sage Surratt for all four East Lincoln touchdowns in beating top-seeded Cuthbertson.
“We were down two receivers because of cramping, and had six starters who didn’t come,” Mustangs coach Mike Byus said. “But all the practice Chazz and Sage do together, they know where each other is going to be. That way, we can run a lot of choice routes.”
The Mustangs went 3-1 in round-robin play to get the third seed in bracket play, behind Cuthbertson and No. 2 seed Vance, the only teams to finish 4-0 in round-robin play.
East Lincoln then beat No. 6 seed Greer (S.C.) 42-35 in the quarterfinals, and stunned Vance 32-21 in overtime in the semifinals to advance to the finals
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers downed eighth-seeded Hilton Head 34-21 in the quarters, then edged fourth-seeded Dorman (S.C.) 35-28 in the semis to set up a rematch with the Mustangs.
However, Cuthbertson – a 38-21 winner over East Lincoln in the opening game of round-robin play – got off to a bad start in the championship game.
Down 7-0, the Cavaliers were called for delay of game on fourth-and-goal inside the 5-yard line, costing them possession and a chance to tie the score.
“You can’t get a delay of game in 7-on-7, that’s just ridiculous,” said Cuthbertson coach David Johnson, whose team finished 11-4 last season. “But it was a great day of work for us. That’s all that really matters. I’m happy with how the boys competed, especially on a hot day like this.”
Conference Cup standings
Four Lake Norman-area high schools topped their respective conference standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup for the 2014-2015 school year after the spring sports season.
Community School of Davidson, East Lincoln, Lake Norman and Hough all topped their respective conference standings in the Conference Cup, a companion award to the NCHSAA’s Wells Fargo Cup.
Community School of Davidson led the Southern Piedmont 1A standings with 236 points, edging Thomas Jefferson Academy by 29 points. Pine Lake Prep was third with 195, and Lincoln Charter fourth with 184.
East Lincoln edged Newton-Conover by 3.5 points to claim the Southern District 7 2A title, 109-105.5. Bandys finished fourth with 73.5 points.
Lake Norman claimed the North Piedmont 3A/4A title by beating crosstown rival Mooresville 840-732.5. South Iredell was fourth with 660, and North Lincoln fifth with 570.
Hough took the MECKA 4A title by 30 points over J.M. Robinson, 137.5-130.5. Hopewell was fourth with 102.5, and North Mecklenburg sixth at 70.5.
Both programs recognize schools with the best overall athletic programs. The Wells Fargo Cup awards the top schools within the state’s four classifications, while the Conference Cup awards the top schools within conferences.
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