High School Sports

Heralded receiver waging assault on N.C. record book

Lincolnton High wide receiver Sage Surratt has set at least one N.C. career receiving record and is on the verge of breaking two more.
Lincolnton High wide receiver Sage Surratt has set at least one N.C. career receiving record and is on the verge of breaking two more. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Lincolnton High’s Sage Surratt continues piling up big numbers as he takes aim at the N.C. high school football record book.

Surratt, a 6-foot-4 senior receiver who recently committed to Harvard, caught seven passes for 225 yards and five touchdowns in last week’s 48-0 win against Bunker Hill. That gave him 302 receptions for 4,767 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career.

Earlier this season, Surratt broke the state record for receptions (292) set by Burlington Cummings’ Maurce Mebane in 1992. He is 109 yards short of the record for career receiving yardage (4,876) set by former Independence All-American Mohamed Massaquoi in 2004.

Surratt has 64 career touchdown catches, 12 off Massaquoi’s career record. Given that Surratt could play well into December, that mark is in jeopardy, too.

▪ Harding’s Quavaris Crouch is a 6-2, 215-pound sophomore who received a scholarship offer from Michigan last week. He also has offers from Charlotte, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest, coach Sam Greiner said. Crouch has rushed 136 times for 1,020 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

“I said this last year, but he can be the best thing North Carolina has ever seen,” Greiner said. “I don’t know if he’ll break (former Charlotte Catholic star) Elijah Hood’s (county) records, but he’s resurrecting a program and putting it on his back. He could be the No. 1 recruit in his class, and South Carolina already feels that way.”

Crouch has helped the Rams to their first three-win season since 2013. Harding, which plays Providence at home Friday, hasn’t had a four-win season since 2009. The Rams have had two winning seasons in 26 years.

▪ Two Charlotte Catholic players are quietly having strong seasons: Senior running back Jack Brigham (5-8, 177) has rushed 111 times for 850 yards and 15 touchdowns. Junior linebacker Chase Foley (6-1, 207) is averaging more than 12 tackles despite sitting in the second half of four games. Foley will make a recruiting visit to Elon Saturday. Catholic plays at West Mecklenburg Friday in a game that could determine the SoMeck 8 championship.

▪ MaxPreps recently did a study on which school in each state had produced the most current college players. In North Carolina, 3-time 4AA champion Mallard Creek led with 42. Duncan’s Byrnes High led South Carolina with 29.

▪ Concord First Assembly is 7-1, the school’s best start since former Carolina Panther Mike Minter -- now the head coach at Campbell -- led the Eagles to a 9-3 record in 2011. First Assembly plays Arden’s Christ School (6-1) Friday. Former Mallard Creek track star Bryan Jacobs, who never played football for the Mavericks, has rushed for 636 yards for First Assembly, and former Providence Day player Julius Felder and Dwayne Crawford each have nearly 600 yards receiving.

▪ Maiden senior Caleb Farley (6-3, 180) ran 20 times for 354 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-40 win against Bandys last week. He’s rushed for 1,736 yards and 27 touchdowns for the season and thrown for 1,351 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Blue Devils (6-2).

▪ In last week’s 53-15 in against South Rowan, Central Cabarrus’ Demarcus Alexander ran 19 times for 281 yards and five touchdowns, averaging nearly 15 yards per carry. He’ll go for his third straight 200-yard game at home against Cox Mill Friday. Alexander has 1,083 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

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