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.
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
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
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.
MeCKA Conference play begins in Week 6. Rocky River Conference play begins later.
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.
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.
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.
After a 33-9 win at Campbell, the Charlotte 49ers host Johnson C. Smith Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.
The Golden Bulls are opening their season, while the 49ers look to move to 2-0.
Phillips’ 3 TDs lead 49ers in opening win
Davidson (1-0) hosts Catawba Saturday
The Davidson Wildcats (1-0) will host Catawba at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Stadium in Davidson. The Wildcats are coming off a 56-0 win over College of Faith-Charlotte. It will be the season opener for the Catawba Indians from Salisbury.
Former Concord Spider makes San Francisco practice squad
Lance Lewis, who played for Washington and Dallas last season, was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad after the team made final cuts Saturday.
The former East Carolina star wide receiver caught a 49-yard pass during the 49ers final exhibition game.
Central Cabarrus star on ESPN Sunday
North Carolina A&T freshman quarterback Hasaan Klugh played in the Aggies’ 47-13 win over Alabama A&M Sunday. The game was nationally televised by ESPN.
Klugh, the former Central Cabarrus, had a 12-yard run to highlight his work as a back-up quarterback.
Davidson Wildcats win over College of Faith
The Davidson Wildcats snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 56-0 win over College of Faith-Charlotte Saturday at Richardson Stadium. It was the first win for second-year head coach Paul Nichols.
Every player who was physically able to play on the Davidson roster did play. Here are stats and more information about the game from Davidson Wildcats dot com
Nelson White (#75) from J.M. Robinson is the starting left tackle for the Wildcats. He started all 11 games in 2013.
The Wildcats host Catawba at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Stadium Stephen B. Smith Field.
College of Faith featured several Charlotte area players and a couple of Cabarrus County players. Gerald Carr (#70) from Concord High played on the line for the Saints. He was injured late in the game. Tony Wall Jr. of Harrisburg also played.
Thirteen players with ties to Cabarrus County will be on the rosters for Campbell and Charlotte when the Niners travel to Buies Creek.
Campbell’s team, led by former First Assembly coach and Carolina Panther Mike Minter, have five former Eagles: Damon Simmons, Donte Simmons, Tyler Rhyne, Ugonna Awuruonye and David Larson. All played for Minter at First Assembly, now cfa Academy. Chris Beaty of Northwest Cabarrus is also on the Camels’ roster.
The 49ers have Kalif Phillips of A.L. Brown, Blake Brewer of Cannon School, R.J. Rhinehart of Northwest Cabarrus, Quintin Gay of Central Cabarrus, and Danny Book and Jason Eury from Hickory Ridge. They all played a year ago for Coach Brad Lambert. Joining the Cabarrus County contingent this season is Weston Smith of Northwest Cabarrus. Smith had played baseball for the Niners but decided he would rather play football.
The game will be broadcast on WFNZ-AM 610 in Charlotte. The pregame show begins at 6 p.m. with kickoff at 7.
More information about Campbell is available here: Go Camels
Davidson hosts College of Faith at Richardson Stadium
Year two of the Paul Nichols coaching era begins Saturday with Charlotte-based College of Faith playing at Richardson Stadium Stephen B. Smith Field. Faith is a second year football program.
Earlier this week Davidson and College of Faith served at the Charlotte Men’s Shelter in a service project together.
Senior offensive lineman Nelson White from J.M. Robinson is the only Cabarrus County player on the Wildcats’ this season.
If you can’t make it to Saturday’s game, listen to all the action on the Davidson Radio Network anchored by WHIP-AM 1350 in Mooresville or listen or watch streaming video on-line at Davidson Wildcats dot com
Mark Plemmons, general manager of Radio Free Cabarrus, is the play by play voice of Davidson football.
Several former Cabarrus County players are on NCAA Division II teams, which don’t start their seasons until after Sept. 1.
Cabarrus County Game of the Week broadcasts
Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast two games this Friday. Links will be posted on this site later. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will provide play by play of Concord at Mount Pleasant. Plemmons and Shaked Bar-tal will call the action as J.M. Robinson travels to Northwest Cabarrus on Military Appreciation Night at Trojan Stadium.