Week 9: Monroe at Mt. Pleasant highlights action

Concord at Jesse Carson

South Rowan at Central Cabarrus

 Other games Friday:
North Mecklenburg at J.M. Robinson 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge 7:30 p.m.
Cannon School at Charlotte Latin 7:30 p.m.
A.L. Brown at Hough 7 p.m.
Cox Mill and cfa Academy are off this week
Here are this week’s coaches’ interviews  in the Independent Tribune
JV scores
North Mecklenburg 18 J.M. Robinson 12
Hickory Ridge 48 Northwest Cabarrus 16
Jesse Carson 21 Concord 8
A.L. Brown 35 Hough 32
Central Cabarrus 44 South Rowan 6

The Embers, Clay Aiken, Fantasia highlight N.C. Music Hall of Fame induction

The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis is hosting the 2014 ceremony Oct. 16.
The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis is hosting the 2014 ceremony Oct. 16.

The annual North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction ceremony is tonight, Oct. 16, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis.

This year’s class includes: The Embers, Little Eva, Fantasia, Clay Aiken, Tab Smith and Jimmy Capps.

Tickets are still available.

Here are details on all of the artists joining the N.C. Music Hall of Fame

Week 8: Cox Mill at Concord, Reid could break record, away games

Cox Mill at Concord

This week’s games
Cox Mill, now 2-2 in South Piedmont Conference play, plays at Coach EZ Smith at Bailey Stadium against the Concord Spiders, who are unbeaten in conference play.
Spiders running back Rocky Reid needs just 40 yards to break the Cabarrus County career rushing record now held by former A.L. Brown star Nick Maddox.
Other games include:
Central Cabarrus at West Rowan 7:30 p.m.
Mount Pleasant at Forest Hills 7:30 p.m.
J.M. Robinson at A.L. Brown 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Cabarrus at East Rowan 7:30 p.m.
Hickory Grove at Cannon School 7 p.m.
Trinity at cfa Academy 7 p.m.
Hickory Ridge has a bye week
Trinity at cfa Academy (Webb Field in Concord)

Charlotte, Davidson on the road Saturday
The Charlotte 49ers (3-3) are at The Citadel Saturday, while the Davidson Wildcats travel to Des Moines, Iowa to play Drake.
Davidson Football Coach’s Show
Charlotte Coach Brad Lambert’s weekly press conference

Week 7: Trojans-Tigers battle, Concord-Central moved to Saturday

Concord wins at Central Cabarrus

First half of Northwest at Mount Pleasant

Second half of Mount Pleasant’s win over Northwest Cabarrus

Cabarrus games this week:
Ravenscroft 51 Cannon School 0 (played Thursday)
Cox Mill 56 South Rowan 0
Hickory Ridge 49 East Rowan 35
Vance 48 A.L. Brown 35 Saturday
Hough 70 J.M. Robinson 21 Saturday

Concord 29 Central Cabarrus 12

West Rowan 43 Jesse Carson 37 2OTs

Here is a shot from J.M. Robinson eariler this season.
Here is a shot from J.M. Robinson eariler this season.

JV scores:

Mount Pleasant 42 Northwest Cabarrus 6

Hickory Ridge 41 East Rowan 22

Central Cabarrus 40 Concord 12

Hough 35 J.M. Robinson 20

Top performers from week 6, video of Hickory Ridge-Central Cabarrus

Hickory Ridge 21 Central Cabarrus 17

Mount Pleasant wins at Carson behind Reece, defense

The Mount Pleasant Tigers won 31-15 at Jesse Carson behind a strong defense and another big performance from running back Cody Reece. He carried the ball 28 times for 280 yards and two touchdowns. It was the Tigers’ third straight win. Here is the Charlotte Observer’s top performers list along with other regional highlights: Charlotte area round-up

Reid, Black help Spiders remain unbeaten

The Concord Spiders’ star running back Rocky Reid carried the ball 34 times for 209 yards as the Spiders beat East Rowan 29-12. Quarterback Keenan Black was nine of 15 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Black left the game in the second half with an injury. Right now his status for next week is in doubt.

The Spiders (5-0, 3-0) travel to Central Cabarrus for a big South Piedmont Conference next Friday.

Reid, who is now the all-time leading rusherfor Concord, is about 520 yards behind Nick Maddox of the A.L. Brown for the Cabarrus County record. Right now we don’t have the official rushing total for Reid and there have been different reported rushing totals in recent weeks.

Perry comes up big Wonders’ win

Daveon Perry scored the A.L. Brown Wonders’ first two touchdowns in a 33-12 win over North Mecklenburg to open MeCKa Conference play. Perry returned a fumble 42 yards for a TD and later returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. He later picked off a Viking pass.

Mullen and Bulls’ D key win over Central Cabarrus

Nate Mullen scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to help the Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls rally from a 17-7 deficit to defeat Central Cabarrus 21-17. Jaylen Rudisell also had a 59-yard TD run for the Bulls. Rudisell had 20 carries for 130 yards. Hickory Ridge, known for its explosive offense, held the Vikings to just 12 first downs. Kyle Tyson had 18 tackles to lead the defensive effort.

Daiyann Fuller led the Vikings with 148 yards rushing on 12 carries, including a 51-yard TD run. Xavier Harris had 22 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Cox Mill wins the Coddle Creek Cup

The Cox Mill Chargers rolled up big numbers and held the Northwest Cabarrus offense in check for a 56-0 win. The win gives the Chargers the Coddle Creek Cup.

North Carolina scores from Friday

Here is the scoreboard from Carolina Preps.

Charleston Southern claims 47-41 OT win over the Charlotte 49ers

The #25 ranked Buccaneers scored a touchdown in overtime for a win over the Charlotte 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium Saturday afternoon. Here is the game story from Charlotte49ers.com 

The Wildcats made their first ever trip to Princeton Stadium for a football game.
The Wildcats made their first ever trip to Princeton Stadium for a football game.

Davidson falls at Princeton

The Davidson Wildcats fell 56-17 to Princeton in New Jersey Saturday night. One of the highlights on the tough night was a 23-play drive in the third quarter for a touchdown. Here is the game story from DavidsonWildcats.com

Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge, East Rowan at Concord & more

Week 6 includes Battle for Coddle Creek Cup and MeCKa openers

Here are this week’s Cabarrus County high school games with links to the coaches’ videos:

Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge 7:30 p.m. (broadcast below)

Ragin’ Bulls 21 Vikings 17

East Rowan at Concord 7:30 p.m. (broadcast below)

Spiders 29 Mustangs 12

Northwest Cabarrus at Cox Mill 7:30 p.m.

Chargers 56 Trojans 0

Mount Pleasant at Jesse Carson 7:30 p.m.

Tigers 31 Cougars 15

J.M. Robinson at Vance 7 p.m.

Cougars 56 Bulldogs 12

A.L. Brown at North Mecklenburg 7 p.m.

Wonders 33 Vikings 12

Winston-Salem Prep at Cannon School 7 p.m.

Hickory Grove at cfa Academy 7 p.m.

Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge broadcast video will be uploaded later

 East Rowan at Concord broadcast

 Hickory Grove at cfa Academy

Here is a shot captured by Arona Scott Haywood during the JV game at Central Cabarrus Thursday
Here is a shot captured by Arona Scott Haywood during the JV game at Central Cabarrus Thursday

JV scores

Hickory Ridge 20 Central Cabarrus 18

A.L. Brown 14 North Mecklenburg 12

Vance 24 J.M. Robinson 13

West Rowan 46 South Rowan 0

Davidson at Princeton, Charlotte at home Saturday

The Wildcats (1-3) will be trying to bounce back after a 40-32 loss last week to Morehead State. It will be just the second ever meeting between the Wildcats and the Princeton Tigers. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Charlotte 49ers (3-1) are coming off a 20-13 loss to Elon. They face #25 Charleston Southern (4-0). Kickoff is at noon at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Top Cabarrus performers; 49ers and Wildcats fall


The Vikings scored on the first play from scrimmage on the way to a 44-0 win over West Stanly
The Vikings scored on the first play from scrimmage on the way to a 44-0 win over West Stanly

Rocky Reid, Concord Spiders

Senior Rocky Reid set the Concord Spiders career rushing record with 25 carries for 224 yards and four touchdowns in a win over South Rowan 35-21. The previous record was held by Jamie Scott, who is now a Concord assistant coach. Reid has committed to play for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Tyler English, Daiyaan Fuller, Central Cabarrus Vikings

Quarterback Tyler English and multi-position player Daiyaan Fuller keyed the Vikings 44-0 win over West Stanly. English was seven for nine passing for 191 yards and four touchdowns. One of the passes went to  Fuller for a 63-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage. Fuller also ran 47 yards for a TD, threw an 11-yard TD pass to Khouri Smith and picked off a pass on defense.

The Vikings’ defense was stifling, holding the Colts to 108 yards of total offense with only four first downs.

Hickory Ridge rushing attack

The Ragin’ Bulls ran for 630 yards and nine touchdowns in 61-37 win over Cox Mill. Nate Mullen led the way with 225 yards on 18 carries. Jaylen Rudisell carried the ball 24 times for 198 yards. Quarterback Greg Waslo ran 18 times for 126 yards. Mullen and Rudisell each scored four TDs. Kevin Wooten ran for the other score on a 33-yarder, his only carry.

Tyler Arnold for Cox Mill carried the ball 22 times for 143 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Early also scored twice for the Chargers with a 71-yard interception return and caught an 8-yard TD pass from Hunter Longmire.

Northwest Cabarrus defense

The Trojans, heavy underdogs, stayed in the game with West Rowan thanks to a strong defensive performance. The Trojans held the Falcons to 252 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers. But the Trojans couldn’t manage much offense and lost 13-0.

South Piedmont Standings

SPC        Overall Points Allowed
Central Cabarrus               1-0          4-0          140       64
Concord                                 2-0          4-0          107      78
West Rowan                         1-0          3-1          126      92
Hickory Ridge                      1-1          4-1          195     122
East Rowan                          1-1          2-2           121     114
South Rowan                       1-1          2-2           77       120
Jesse Carson                        1-1         2-2           139     126
Northwest Cabarrus          0-2         1-3            53       79
Cox Mill                                   0-2         1-4            183     225

MeCKA Conference play begins in Week 6. Rocky River Conference play begins later.

Charlotte-Elon highlights

Davidson-Morehead State highlights

Elon hangs to beat the Charlotte 49ers

From Charlotte Sports Information

ELON, N.C. – Charlotte suffered its first loss of the season, 20-13, on the road at Elon, Saturday night.  The 49ers (3-1) and Phoenix (1-2) traded punches in the second half, with the Phoenix striking the winning blow on a five-yard touchdown pass with 3:57 to play to break a 13-13 tie.

On its last possession, Charlotte charged from its own 37 to the Elon 22 in the final 1:18 – and QB Matt Johnson hit Corey Nesmith in the end zone on the final play of the game, but a holding call and an illegal forward pass penalty negated the tying score and left the 49ers with their first loss of Season Two.

“They have a physical team and a fifth-year senior at quarterback,” said head coach Brad Lambert. “We knew it would be a dogfight.  We kept fighting and had a lot of penalties.  It was a game that went down to the very end and we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Charlotte took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 19-yard TD pass from Johnson to Austin Duke.  Elon tied it in the second quarter when Kierre Brown broke free in the corner of the end zone for a 14-yard TD catch from Mike Quinn.

Tied at 7 at the half, Elon took the lead on a 24-yard field goal only to see the 49ers tie it at 10, on Blake Brewer’s 27-yarder.  Another John Gallagher field goal, this one from 26, put Elon back ahead 13-10 heading into the final frame, but Brewer knotted it with a 43-yard kick with 11:17 left.

After the teams swapped three-and-outs, Elon drove from their own 37 to the Charlotte five, setting up Quinn’s game-winning TD pass to Brown with 3:57 left.

The 49ers answered, reaching the Elon 37, but Johnson was intercepted on the Elon 25 with 2:51 to play.  The 49ers defense again held their ground, forcing a punt to the Charlotte 37 with 1:33 left.

Johnson hit Dmarjai Devine for 12 yards, Justin Bolus for 16 and, after a sack, Bolus again for 19 to keep the 49ers last minute hopes alive.  On third and 10 from the 22, Johnson was forced out of the pocket.  As he raced to his right he threw for Nesmith in the end zone.  Nesmith came down with the ball, but Johnson had crossed the line of scrimmage to negate the score.

“We kept fighting,” Lambert said. “Our guys were fighting extremely hard and so was Elon.  It was a very physical game. But our guys kept fighting and gave us a chance to win at the end, that’s all you can ask.”

Duke, who had the opening TD, finished with nine catches for 123 yards.  It was his second straight game with over 100 receiving yards and it gives him 1013 career receiving yards – the first 49er to surpass 1000 career yards.  He also became the first 49er to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (he had 126, last week at North Carolina Central).

Sophomore Kalif Phillips, who rushed for 80 yards, now has 1011 rushing yards, becoming the first 49ers runner to surpass 1000 rushing yards. The former A.L. Brown Wonders also is the school’s touchdown leader.

Red-shirt freshman linebacker Dustin Crouser led the 49ers with 15 tackles while another red-shirt freshman, Karrington King, had career-high 12 tackles while making his first career start.  Crouser has now led the 49ers in tackles in the last two games.   His 15 tackles are the 49ers season-high, this year.  Cornerback Tank Norman added a career-high nine tackles and leads the team with 18 solo tackles.

Senior Tyler DeStefani, making his first career start at outside linebacker, had six tackles, including the 49ers lone sack and two pass break-ups.

Charlotte gave up a season-high 454 yards of total offense but yielded just two TDs forcing Elon into five field goals attempts. Elon hit two, from 24 and 26 yards, but missed from 50, 42 and 49 yards.  The 49ers had 359 yards of total offense, but likewise found it tough to find the end zone.  Brewer kicked a pair of field goals and Charlotte was stopped on the goal line on a pair of Phillips’ rushes on 3rd and 4th and goal from the two at the end of the first half.  The rushing game was even with Charlotte rushing for 124 yards and Elon posting 123, but the Phoenix had 331 passing yards while Charlotte put up 235.

Elon won the turnover battle, forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions.  Charlotte had one takeaway, a Crouser interception in the second quarter.

The 49ers, who have played three of their first four games on the road, return home to face Charleston Southern, Saturday at 12 noon.  The Buccaneers are 4-0 and receiving votes in the latest FCS Coaches and Sports Network polls.  CSU, ranked #24 at the time, defeated Charlotte 36-14, last year, in Charleston.  The Buccaneers finished the year ranked 20th in the final FCS Coaches poll.

Morehead State hangs on in PFL opener at Davidson

From Davidson Sports Information

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Morehead State fended off a hot Davidson start and a fourth quarter rally to win, 40-32, in the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams Saturday afternoon in Richardson Stadium.

Led by William Morris’ three catches for 129 yards, Davidson (1-3, 0-1 PFL) leapt out to an 11-0 lead in the first six minutes, and held an 18-7 lead early in the second quarter, but Morehead State (2-2, 1-0 PFL) answered with the next four scores – two first-half touchdowns and two second-half field goals – to take a 27-18 lead late in the third quarter. The Eagles maintained the lead despite allowing the ‘Cats back within two points early in the fourth quarter, and within a touchdown and two-point conversion with 1:19 to go.

Davidson totaled 485 yards of offense, with quarterback J.P. Douglas gaining 282 in the air by completing 20-of-36 passes with a touchdown and interception, and six different rushers, led by quarterback John Cook (six carries, 56 yards, two touchdowns) and running back Austin Wells (8 carries, 56 yards), totaling 203 yards.

Morris was limited to just two more receptions, but finished with 163 yards for the third-most prolific game in his career.

Morehead State was able to run 94 plays and totaled 549 yards of offense. The attack was led by a strong running game that gained 273 yards and scored four touchdowns. Rees Macshara carried the ball 27 times for 129 yards and had a 22-yard reception, while quarterback Austin Gahafer gained 75 on the ground with one rushing touchdown. Two of Brandon Bornhauser’s seven carries ended in the end zone, while Rob Harden also scored on the ground.

Gahafer threw for one touchdown, as he connected with 11 different receivers amongst his 24 completions on 41 attempts, totaling 276 yards with an interception.

Senior linebacker Matt Casey led the ‘Cats’ defense, making a career-high 15 tackles (nine solo,) including a sack, and an interception on a deflected pass. However, MSU converted 11-of-22 third downs and possessed the ball for 34 minutes, 47 seconds, while Davidson went 5-for-16 on third down and only controlled the ball for 25:13.

Two big rushes got Davidson back into the game on its first offensive possession of the fourth quarter, as freshman Jeffrey Keil broke off a 21-yard run to advance to MSU’s 39, and Cook, who was leading his first drive of the game, ran a career-long 39 yards for a touchdown to bring the Wildcats back within two points.

However, the ‘Cats yielded a 58-yard punt return by Justin Cornwall on their next drive, which gave Morehead State the ball on the Davidson 22. Gahafer capped a four-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. The Eagles then scored on their next possession, as Bornhauser capped a seven-play, 70-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run for a 40-25 lead.

Douglas returned under center for Davidson and went 8-for-11 on a 70-yard drive that concluded with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Cam Cheuvront, who finished with a team-high six receptions, with 1:19 left in regulation.

Trailing by eight, the ‘Cats attempted an onside kick. The ball was up for grabs after it bounced off a Morehead State player, but Macshara was able to pounce on it and secure the game for the Eagles.

The Wildcats had a big start, as Wells returned the opening kickoff 33 yards to the Morehead State 40, and Douglas connected with Morris on a season-long 49-yard pass that setup a field goal.

After a Morehead State punt was downed on the Davidson 4, Douglas and Morris moved to midfield on the first play of the drive, as they connected on a 41-yard reception. After a pair of David Rogers rushes, Douglas found Morris wide open in the middle of the field for a 39-yard completion. Cook capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, and Rogers snuck into the end zone for two points and an 11-0 Davidson lead.

The Eagles offense got going on the ensuing possession, as Gahafer found Tanner Napier for a 50-yard reception that keyed a seven-play, 80-yard drive, which was capped by Harden’s 4-yard touchdown run. Morehead State also found its footing defensively after allowing Douglas to go 8-for-11 for 167 yards in the first quarter, as Douglas was held to just two completions for 16 yards on nine attempts in the second. However, Douglas did score on a 23-yard touchdown run for an 18-7 Davidson lead early in the second frame.

The Wildcats defense came up with a big fourth down stop deep in their own territory in the second quarter, but the Eagles were able to score a touchdown with 8:36 remaining in the half with three-straight passes to Cyrus Strahm on a 50-yard drive. The ‘Cats were unable to take advantage of Casey’s interception, and Bornhauser then gave MSU its first lead, and one it would not relinquish, at the end of a nine-play, 65-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run with 56 seconds remaining in the half.

Davidson will play its final non-conference game of the season at Princeton Saturday at 6 p.m.

Week 5 highlights: Concord-South Rowan, Cox Mill-Hickory Ridge, West Stanly-Central Cabarrus

South Piedmont Conference play continues in high school football. Here are our broadcasts this week and more.

Friday night’s scores

Central Cabarrus 44 West Stanly 0

Concord  35 South Rowan 21

West Rowan 13 Northwest Cabarrus 0

Jesse Carson 48 East Rowan 21

High Point Christian 59 cfa Academy 14

Cannon School, Mount Pleasant, J.M. Robinson and A.L. Brown had byes this week.

Scores from across the Carolinas at Carolina Preps

Concord at South Rowan

Cox Mill at Hickory Ridge

Non-conference game: West Stanly at Central Cabarrus

Other games include:
West Rowan at Northwest Cabarrus 7:30 p.m.
cfa Academy at High Point Christian
JV Football
Here is a shot by Arona Haywood from Thursday's game between Hickory Ridge and Cox Mill JVs
Here is a shot by Arona Haywood from Thursday’s game between Hickory Ridge and Cox Mill JVs

Thursday’s JV scores

Hickory Ridge 21 Cox Mill 7

West Rowan 36 Northwest Cabarrus 16

Concord 12 South Rowan 6

Weekly Coaches Interviews
Here are this week’s coaches’ interview by the Independent Tribune:

The Battle of Highway 49 coming up Saturday

The Tigers and Vikings square off Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers and Vikings square off Saturday at 7 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Alumni tackle football game between Mount Pleasant and Central Cabarrus, “The Battle of Highway 49,” will be held Saturday, Sept 20th, at Mount Pleasant High School. Kickoff is at 7 pm. Admission is $10 and advance tickets are on sale in the main office at Mount Pleasant High School and Central Cabarrus High School . Proceeds from advance ticket sales will benefit the athletic departments at each high school. For more information, please contact Athletic Director Phil Furr at Mount Pleasant or Athletic Director Kevin Bryant at Central Cabarrus.

Charlotte 49ers go to 3-0, Davidson falls at VMI, EZ Smith honored

Phillips big again in 40-28 win over N.C. Central

Former A.L. Brown Wonder Kalif Phillips rushed for 102 yards and two TDs in the Charlotte 49ers win in Durham. He did not play the fourth quarter after suffering  a bruised shoulder.  Charlotte built a 40-0 lead before the Eagles came back in the second half.

Charlotte (3-0) travels to Elon Saturday at 7 p.m.

VMI drops Wildcats despite offensive explosion

Davidson junior wide receiver William Morris caught a career-high 16 passes for 208 yards, but miscues proved costly as VMI defeated the Wildcats, 52-24.

Morris’ 16 catches were one shy of the single-game Davidson (1-2) record of 17, shared by Mike Mikolayunas ’70 and Lanny Funsten ’13, and his 208 yards ranked as the fifth-most in a single game in Davidson history. Likewise, senior quarterback J.P. Douglas also enjoyed a career day, as he completed 28 of 41 passing attempts for 317 yards – all career highs – and threw one touchdown to Morris along with one interception when he was hit as he threw.

Junior running back David Rogers gained 103 yards on 10 rushes with two touchdowns, helping Davidson rack up 531 yards of offense, it’s most since racking up 566 against Johnson C. Smith in 2011.

However, VMI (1-2) started fast and made big plays to maintain the lead throughout the contest, gaining 597 yards of offense. Davidson was only able to come away with one field goal in three red zone trips in the first half, and surrendered a pair of turnovers in the second half to nullify promising drives.

Davidson opens PFL play Saturday, hosting Morehead State at 1 p.m.

In a defensive struggle, South Rowan beat Northwest Cabarrus 18-13
In a defensive struggle, South Rowan beat Northwest Cabarrus 18-13

Cabarrus high school scores week 4

Concord  32 Hickory Ridge 29

Central Cabarrus 28 Jesse Carson 21

A.L. Brown 42 Berry Academy 21

Mount Pleasant 32 Jay M. Robinson 0

East Rowan 46 Cox Mill 43

South Rowan 18 Northwest Cabarrus 13

Concord wins on E.Z. Smith Night

Check back later this weekend for some of the top performances of the weekend and more.