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It could be years before we see another brother tandem like the Surratts

Linconlton receiver Sage Surratt could have as many as two games left in a brilliant senior season and record-setting career.
Linconlton receiver Sage Surratt could have as many as two games left in a brilliant senior season and record-setting career.

I’m not sure we’ll see another brother tandem like Lincoln County’s Surratts for some time.

Chazz graduated from East Lincoln in June and is playing quarterback at North Carolina. Gatorade’s national player of the year as a senior, he took a few N.C. High School Athletic Association records with him.

Surratt finished his high school career as the state’s all-time leader in touchdown responsibility (229) and all-time leader in total offense (16,593). He’s fourth in all-time passing yardage (10,770), fourth in all-time pass completions (681) and fifth in single-season touchdown passes (53, 2014).

Younger brother Sage transferred from East Lincoln to rival Lincolnton High before the start of this season. And, like his big brother, he’s amassed one of the best careers in N.C. history. Heading into Friday’s N.C. 2A semifinal at Reidsville, Surratt is the state record holder in career receiving touchdowns (79), single-season receiving yards (2,031) and career receiving yards (5,719). His 2,031 yards receiving this season is another NCHSAA record.

In the late 1990s, Independence quarterback C.J. Leak set multiple Mecklenburg County records and became the highest-rated college football recruit in Wake Forest history.

Younger brother Chris, also a quarterback, received a scholarship offer from Wake Forest while he was in eighth grade, news that brought national media attention. After arriving at Independence, Chris won three state championships, became national player of the year and set state and national records.

I wasn’t sure I’d see another brother tandem like the Leaks in my career. But about 10 years after Chris Leak’s high school career, the Surratts emerged. They’ve been very good.

▪ Sage Surratt and Lincolnton will face one of the state’s most storied programs in the N.C. 2A semifinals Friday. Since 1930, Reidsville has won 15 state titles, including its most recent in 2009. The Rams have allowed but 95 points all season. In conference play, Reidsville outscored opponents 333-0.

▪ Monroe’s Johnny Sowell was recently named the Charlotte Touchdown Club’s coach of the year. His team will play at Shelby Friday in the N.C. 2AA semifinals. Sowell lost star quarterback Zephaniah Wall early in the season to a knee injury, but he rallied his team, the reigning state champion.

▪ Charlotte Country Day senior Luca Katz won the Michael A. Kahn high school community service/scholastic scholarship award at the Charlotte Touchdown Club awards banquet. Katz was among 21 finalists. Along with the award, named for the Charlotte Checkers’ owner, Katz receives a $40,000 scholarship award.

▪ In a 55-49 loss to Hickory Grove in four overtimes last week, Marvin Ridge receiver Emeka Emezie caught 11 passes for 187 yards and four touchdowns. He caught a touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal from the 38 in the third overtime period to extend the game. He was named the NCHSAA’s male athlete of the week.

▪ Davidson Day, which lost in the semifinals of the N.C. Independent Schools’ Division I playoffs, had a team grade-point average of 3.84 this fall. Three players won awards at the Greater Charlotte Football Awards banquet: Tommy Lawley (Thomas Davis Comeback Player of the Year); Nolan Groulx (rising star underclassman of the year); and Chase Monroe (defensive player of the year).

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