High School Sports

Berry High star enters record books, is among Observer’s prep football players of the week

Berry High’s Bryson Daughtry is the leading receiver in North Carolina
Berry High’s Bryson Daughtry is the leading receiver in North Carolina

Charlotte area’s football players of the week.

Bryson Daughtry, Berry: Berry is 1-9 after Friday’s 56-26 loss to Providence, but Daughtry has been a bright spot. He had three catches for 213 yards and three touchdowns. That was the 20th best single-game performance in Mecklenburg County history. Daughtry’s scoring passes covered 67, 80 and 66 yards. Daughtry leads the state with 1,354 receiving yards, which ranks No. 15 nationally and No. 1 in North Carolina. Daughtry’s receiving yards, heading into Friday’s game with West Mecklenburg, rank 14th in Mecklenburg County history.

Ishod Finger, Metrolina Christian: Ran 15 times for 262 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-14 win over Hickory Grove. Finger broke the Union County career-rushing record set in 2014 by Sun Valley’s Albert Funderburke. Finger has 2,346 career yards.

Tyshaun Harris, Lincolnton: He had a Lincoln County-record 318 yards rushing in a 56-41 win over North Lincoln.

Jamario Holley, Rock Hill Northwestern: He caught a conference championship clinching touchdown pass in a 31-21 win over Rock Hill Northwestern with 25 seconds left. Northwestern – which needed to win by at least seven points to avoid any conference tie-breaker scenarios – beat Rock Hill for the eighth straight season, won the Region 4-5A championship and prevented Rock Hill from winning its first title in eight years. Holley finished with 13 catches for 116 yards and two scores. He ran twice for 50 yards.

Keygan Mayfield, Maiden: Was 19-for-26 passing for 283 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-27 win over Newton-Conover. He ran 20 times for 117 yards and another score.

DeMarkes Stradford, Charlotte Latin: Ran 24 times for 343 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-30 win over Charlotte Country Day. Stradford set a school record for single-game rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. That was the 11th-best single-game rushing performance in Mecklenburg County history and represents the second-most rushing touchdowns in a game in county history. Stradford, who committed to Harvard, had 150 yards rushing and two scores called back because of penalties.