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Mount Pleasant’s football ironman, Cody Reece, ranks No. 2 nationally in carries

Mount Pleasant RB Cody Reece, left, with his brother Dylan, is one of the nation’s leading rushers this season
Mount Pleasant RB Cody Reece, left, with his brother Dylan, is one of the nation’s leading rushers this season

Mount Pleasant’s Cody Reece has rushed 371 times for 2,195 yards this season. Only one high school running back in the nation, according to the national stat database MaxPreps, has had more carries.

Trip Smith of Beebe High in Arkansas has rushed 389 times for 2,003 yards. Smith, however, has played 14 games. Reece? He’s played 10.

Reece ranks No. 1 in North Carolina for rushing yards and is No. 21 nationally. A 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior, Reece averaged six yards a carry. In last week’s 27-21 win over Parkwood, he rushed 43 times for 254 yards.

In the past two seasons combined, Reece has rushed for 5,336 yards. And in 2014, Reece carried the ball 457 times, the second-most in N.C. history behind Asheville Reynolds’ Josh Meadows, who had 464 in 2000. Reece’s current carry total of 371 ranks 10th in N.C. history, and he can add to it Friday when the Tigers play their regular-season finale at West Stanly.


▪ Rock Hill Northwestern’s football program was scheduled to be featured during the Carolina Panthers’ Monday Night Football contest with the Indianapolis Colts Monday.

ESPN launched “Monday Night Lights” in late September in an effort to highlight youth football during its Monday Night Football broadcasts. Eight players and several Northwestern coaches were invited to the Panthers’ private walk-through Sunday morning, meeting Panthers players, taking pictures with them and even doing a touchdown dance with quarterback Cam Newton.

▪ Stuart Carmer’s Robert Truesdale, a sophomore, leads North Carolina with 181 tackles. He has 121 solos.

▪ Davidson Day is 10-0 for the first time in school history, though the team has only played eight games. It received two forfeits. Davidson Day will play Providence Day in the N.C. Independent Schools’ Division I semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. at Hough High.

▪ The Charlotte Independent Schools and N.C. Independent Schools Division I all-conference and all-state teams were announced Monday. Get the teams at charlotteobserver.com/sports/high-school.

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