When Alex Scearce touches the ball, good things usually happen.
Of the 21 times Scearce had touched the ball for the Lake Norman Charter offense in its first seven games, he scored 12 touchdowns on nine catches and three runs. He also has another touchdown on a punt return.
Scearce (pronounced SCARCE) is also valuable as a linebacker, having 35 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble before Oct. 7's game against North Lincoln.
The junior is a key player on special teams as well, serving as the kick returner, punt returner and recently began handling kickoffs.
"Alex is definitely a playmaker in every phase of the game," said Lake Norman Charter football coach Bob McKay. "He can do just about anything for us, and I think he likes that role."
Scearce, who led the team with 35 receptions and six touchdowns last year and also led in tackles, worked tirelessly in the weight room and on the field this offseason, to help improve himself and his team, McKay said.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Scearce improved everything from his speed (4.5 in the 40-yard dash) to his jumping ability (38-inch vertical) to his strength (225 pound max bench press), and that has helped make him a more complete player.
"My goal is always to keep getting better as a player," said Scearce. "When I get on the field, I feel like no one is going to stop me. I tell myself that all the time, and it usually happens."
Scearce has been unstoppable for a lot of the season as he's helped the Knights (4-3, 0-3 before last Friday's game) to a major improvement after going 1-9 in their inaugural year at the varsity level.
He had eight catches for 106 yards and six touchdowns, as well as two rushes for 30 yards and two more scores in his first two games this season, which were wins over the Lake Norman Chargers and Pine Lake Prep.
Since then, as the Knights have gotten into the meat of their first season in the Southern Piedmont Conference and faced stronger opponents, his numbers have settled down a bit. Scearce has also been the focus of every team Lake Norman Charter plays, which has made McKay's job more difficult.
"We have to continue to be creative in finding ways to get Alex the ball as much as possible," McKay said. "We need him to play well for us to win, but he can also be a great (decoy) in allowing other players to make plays."
Sophomore quarterback Michael Dorsainvil also is stepping up his play, with 676 yards passing and 12 touchdown tosses as well as 250 yards an five touchdowns rushing before last week's game.
Dorsainvil will get a little more help from Scearce, who will line up at wingback a little more in the next couple of weeks , McKay said
McKay will also keep Scearce off the field on defense a little more to keep him fresher.
"I like to be out there on every play," said Scearce, whose team has 30 players on the roster after having only 18 last year. "But you do get tired."
Scearce and his Lake Norman Charter team are trying to focus on making the playoffs. The Knights will have a chance if they can beat some of the traditionally less-powerful teams in the SPC.
If Lake Norman Charter gets to the postseason, Scearce will be a big reason for the team's success.
But Scearce won't be satisfied. He's also focused on future as a football player, while also hoping created a winning tradition at Lake Norman Charter.
"My (ultimate) goal is definitely to play college football," said Scearce, whose role models include Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Carolina Panthers wideout Steve Smith. "I try to work on my game almost every day (in some way) because you can always find a way to get better. That is what I focus on."
His coach agrees.
"I think Alex will have a great chance to be a D-I (Division I) football player," McKay said. "With the numbers and stats he puts up every week, people are starting to take notice."