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Charlotte-area high school football roundup 09.05.14


↓  Lightning: Forced delays around the area and also forced cancelation of the highly anticipated halftime battle of the bands between West Charlotte and Harding. In Union County, Sun Valley’s and Monroe’s scoreboards were hit by lightning and were knocked out of service.

↑  Fort Mill offense: Yellow Jackets scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes during 70-34 win over Greenville Senior. Fort Mill is 3-0 for the first time since 1998.

↑  West Charlotte: Lions beat Harding 18-6 to improve to 2-1 for the season. West Charlotte has won two in a row for first time since September 2011 when it beat Hopewell and North Mecklenburg on back-to-back weeks.

↑  York: One national blogger says York is heading to the national top 100 after a convincing 48-7 win over S.C. power Rock Hill South Pointe.

↑  Independence defense: Three weeks, no points allowed

Friday’s Top Performers

Jaret Anderson, Charlotte Catholic: Junior had two touchdown runs and an 85-yard kickoff return for a score in the Cougars’ 35-10 win over rival Charlotte Country Day to win the John Cook Cup for the 14th time.

Tyshawn Carter, South Mecklenburg: QB rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries and was 6-of-8 for 104 yards and a score in a 21-14 win over rival Myers Park. Chance Kennedy had a 40-yard interception return for a score for the Sabres. Myers Park QB Clay Norris (14-for-20, 163 yards) and Jaquavion Alexander (101 yards rushing, one score) had solid games for the Mustangs.

Dupree Hart, Rock Hill Northwestern: 23 rushes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-21 win over Irmo, Northwestern’s first win of the season. He completed 18-of-24 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

Kelvin Hopkins, Independence: QB threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in 27-0 win over Olympic. Tailback Quantavious McGill ran 12 times for 143 yards and a score.

Elijah Jett, Rocky River: 22 carries for 117 yards in a 21-14 win over Sun Valley.

Charles Mack, West Lincoln: 268 yards rushing and five touchdowns in a 60-38 win over Cherryville. He had three 2-point conversion runs.

Brian Mattar, Providence: 162 yards on 17 carries in a 40-2 win over Porter Ridge. QB Caleb York rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Cody Reece, Mount Pleasant: 177 yards rushing in a wild 36-34 win over Cox Mill. Robert Johns had 154 yards receiving and QB Austin Parker was 11-for-17 for 191 yards. Cox Mill QB Hunter Longmire was 19-for-30 for 235 yards and a score and junior Devin Cobb rushed 13 times for 134 yards and had eight catches for 147 yards.

Robert Washington, SouthLake Christian: 24 carries for school-record 301 yards in an easy 35-0 win over Pine Lake Prep. Washington’s yardage is tied for 27th in Mecklenburg County history.

Friday’s Roundup

Butler 28, Greensboro Page 14: Butler moved to No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 this week and into the top spot in the Associated Press N.C. 4A Top 10 poll. And Butler immediately found itself in a fight to stay on top. Page (0-3) grabbed a 14-13 second half lead after trailing 13-0. Fullback Benny LeMay popped a long touchdown run to help the Bulldogs score twice after being down and pull out the win.

Davidson Day 32, Providence Day 7: Davidson Day coach Chad Grier wasn’t exactly impressed with how his Patriots improved to 3-0 Friday night. Davidson Day led 12-7 at halftime, but busted the game open with two touchdowns in the third quarter. QB Anthony DiGioia threw four touchdowns and ran for one. Gabe Montgomery, who had more than 300 yards rushing last week, had a 51-yard touchdown run for Providence Day.

Richmond Senior 42, Vance 37: This shootout saw the teams swap leads all game. Richmond got its final lead in the fourth quarter and got a two-point converson for a 7-point advantage.

Charlotte Latin 49, Winston-Salem Prep 13: Latin led 42-0 at halftime and cruised in a game where it had 405 yards of offense on 45 plays.

Hickory Ridge 42, Robinson 0: Behind 383 yards of offense, including 246 rushing, Hickory Ridge got the easy win.

West Meck 41, Garinger 12: After scoring only 14 points in its first two games, both losses, West Meck got healthy Friday in an easy win over Garinger. West Meck hosts unbeaten Independence next week. Garinger fell to 0-3.

North Mecklenburg 38, East Meck 7: North Meck (1-2) got its first win of the season on a night when the stadium lights went out and lightning forced a delay. North Meck ended a five-game losing streak, dating to October 2013 and scored the most points since a 46-8 win over East Meck almost exactly a year ago.

By The Numbers

43: Richmond Senior and Vance combined for three scores in 43 seconds late in the second quarter Friday.

356: Providence rushed for 356 yards in a 40-2 win over Porter Ridge and had 484 total yards of offense.

4: Carolina Pride QB Bruce Dixon threw four TD passes in Friday’s 40-19 win over Anderson. Matthew Broussard caught all four scoring passes.