All-state running back Rocky Reid had the best game of his record-setting career as the Concord Spiders rolled the Cox Mill Chargers in high school football Friday 62-20.
Reid, who has committed to Tennessee, rushed for 368 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries. He broke Cabarrus County records for rushing yards in a game and a career (6,583).
“It was a great night,” said Reid, a senior. “My line did a great job blocking for me and God just let me do what I can do. I just saw some big holes.”
Concord junior quarterback Keenan Black wasn’t expected to start Friday’s home game until late in the week. But he added an unexpected dimension to Concord’s offense as the Spiders (7-0, 5-0 conference) captured the South Piedmont 3A victory.
Black, who completed 10 of 15 passes for 200 yards and a score, sprained his left knee in Concord’s victory over East Rowan two weeks ago. Freshman Jadon Bell played in last week’s win over Central Cabarrus. Black was originally expected to miss more than just a week.
“Both got reps during the week,” said Concord coach Glen Padgett. “And every day throughout the week (Black) got progressively better to the point where we were comfortable with him playing. And our offensive line took a lot of pride in protecting him.”
Concord gained 738 yards, including 507 yards in the first half. Reid had 214 yards and Black had all of his passing yards in the first half. Concord scored on its first six possessions.
The Spiders’ first touchdown drive was its easiest as Concord’s Mike Baker recovered a fumbled Cox Mill (3-5, 2-3) punt snap at the Chargers’ 28. The Spiders needed just two plays, passes of 17 and 11 yards from Black to Carter Mozingo, to complete the score.
A 42-yard pass from Black to Drew Yoos to the Cox Mill 12 set up Reid’s first touchdown run on the next play.
Cox Mill’s Devin Cobb returned a kickoff 80 yards for a second-quarter score. Trevor Gichaba’s 40-yard touchdown, on a pass he tipped to himself, cut Concord’s lead to 42-14 before halftime.
Reid scored three touchdowns in the first half and had second-half scores of 64 and 75 yards. Mozingo’s 61-yard catch-and-run set up one of Reid’s first-half scores. He finished with six catches for 123 yards.
Denzal Gilmore, who finished with 78 yards on seven carries, scored two first-half touchdowns. Avery Williams carried nine times for 95 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Cox Mill’s Hunter Longmire passed for 182 yards, including 128 in the second half. Concord’s Cam Blackwelder and Josiah Burghaze and Cox Mill’s Justin Ford had interceptions.