East Rutherford High did a really good thing this week.
The Cavaliers “adopted” the players and families from Dickinson (Texas) High, who had been seriously affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. The school is raising money to support their Texas brothers and the team is wearing the Dickinson logo on its helmets. The idea to reach out to the Texas school came from one of the father of one of East Rutherford’s players, who has a friend who works in Texas.
East Rutherford’s students have collected clothes and donations to send to Dickinson and some of the players have reached out to the Dickinson coach, who is with his family in a shelter.
On the field, East is doing pretty well, too.
Wednesday night, it beat South Caldwell 47-7. Demetrius Mauney ran 13 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Cameron Harris was 4-for-6 for 94 yards and two scores, and Jordan Harris caught all four passes. East is 3-0.
Country Day-Catholic mud bowl, Part II
Friday night at 7:30, one of Mecklenburg County’s oldest rivalries renews and Charlotte Country Day will try – again – to slow a trend that’s seen it become one-sided.
This will be the 31st year Charlotte Catholic and Charlotte Country Day have played for the John Cook Cup, named for the legendary former Country Day coach. Catholic has won six of the past seven years and four years straight. The last three meetings have seen Catholic outscore Country Day 104-10.
Last season – after many high school football games were moved around due to Hurricane Hermine – Catholic beat Country Day 27-0 on a muddy Friday night when the Cougars ran for 225 yards and forced the Bucs into four interceptions.
A year later, many high schools have moved games around due to the remnants of Hurricane Harvey soaking the area, but Catholic and Country Day are still scheduled to play Friday night.
Catholic (2-0) is ranked No. 3 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll and looks like a state championship contender in the N.C. 3AA class. Country Day (0-1) was shut out 31-0 in its opener by No. 4 Myers Park (2-0). The Bucs played without 2016 leading rusher Tim Newman (ankle). Newman, a sophomore, is questionable for Friday’s game.
↑Hough: beat Concord 28-14 to give coach Matt Jenkins his first win as the Huskies coach and end a four-game losing streak that dated to last season.
↑Forest Hills defense: Yellow Jackets had 14 sacks in a 28-12 win over Central Pageland Wednesday.
↑Monroe football: The Redhawks honored former school resource officer Paul Perrette who died two weeks ago in a motorcycle accident during Thursday’s game with Hopewell. Each of the Hawks players wore a decal with Perrette’s badge number, 444.
↑Providence football: The Panthers (2-0) are off to their best start in 12 years and find themselves somewhere they’ve rarely been: in a Mecklenburg County game of the night at 2-0 Myers Park, weather permitting, Friday.
↑Newton Foard: Down 16 points early, Foard rallied to beat North Lincoln 40-26 Thursday and improve to 2-1.
↓Metrolina Christian: lost its starting QB with the score tied 6-6 in first half with reigning N.C. Independent Schools Division III state champion Statesville Christian. Statesville Christian went onto win 28-6.
Thursday’s Top Performers
Tevin Clark, Alexander Central: Ran 15 times for 155 yards and a score, averaging 10.3 yards per carry, in a 46-0 win over North Iredell.
Lazarus Hayes, Mooresville: 24 carries for 136 yards in a 34-13 loss to Davie County.
McKinley Nelson, Trey Shepherd, Monroe: Shepherd completed 10-of-14 passes for 119 yards and four touchdowns in a 58-0 win over Hopewell. McKinley ran 11 times for 72 yards and a score. He had two catches for 38 yards and a score. He also had a two-point conversion run and a fumble recovery.
Malik Surratt, Shelby: completed 14-of-21 passes for 249 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-7 win over Shelby. Xavier Brooks had three touchdown runs.
Weddington 25, Porter Ridge 14: Weddington coach Tim Carson got his 100th career win as the reigning N.C. 3AA champions beat their previously unbeaten Union County rival. Weddington improved to 2-0. Porter Ridge fell to 2-1.
Providence Day 19, Andrew Jackson 14: sophomore All-American Porter Rooks caught an 18-yard pass from Jake Helfrich and had a 9-yard scoring run to help the Chargers win on the road. Providence Day led 19-3 after Rooks’ score, but held on to win. The Chargers improved to 2-1 on the season.
West Mecklenburg 55, Garinger 0: With starting quarterback Preston Brown watching from the sidelines, the Hawks easily beat Garinger to improve to 3-0. West Meck has outscored opponents by an impressive 133-25 this season. Garinger, a 4A team, lost its 54th straight game, but will have a chance to win for the first time since 2011 next week, playing Monroe’s Central Academy. Central Academy, a 2A school which plays Union Academy Monday in a weather-delayed game, has been outscored 115-0 this season. Central has lost 11 straight games overall.
Alexander Central 46, North Iredell 0: Alexander Central ran up 515 yards of offense in an easy win. North Iredell rushed 23 times for 53 yards and only managed eight first downs for the game. Devon Weiss ran nine times for 132 yards and a score for Alexander Central. Alexander ran 43 times for 456 yards as a team.