It was a game Hopewell led, 19-10, late in the third quarter. Mooresville got to within 19-17 on Deonte Black’s 23-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter. Hopewell appeared to take a large step toward winning when Kailian Chavis intercepted a Mooresville pass in the end zone and returned it to the Hopewell 3-yard line.
But on the next play, Hopewell’s running play was stopped in the end zone for a safety by Mooresville’s Charles Wilkes that tied the game at 19 with three minutes left. Mooresville took the ensuing free kick and drove from its 32-yard line to the Hopewell 2 to set up Haddock’s winning kick.
“Our players gave everything they had,” Hopewell coach David Johnson said. “This one’s on me. The kid (Wilkes) made a heck of a play. I can’t ask my players to do any more than they did. That’s how football is – it’s a game of inches.”
Hough’s collection of (legal) thieves
Hough has 16 interceptions in eight games after snagging only nine in its inaugural season last year. Nate Mayes leads the team with four interceptions, while Brandon Mobley and Tylan Murrell have three apiece. Jared Sobo and Jonathan Cureton have two each, and Ben Craig and Connor Millikin each have one.
Davidson Day is scoring plenty
Davidson Day improved to 7-0 with a 55-42 victory at Hargrave (Va.) Military on Oct. 7. The Patriots, playing their first varsity season, are averaging 51 points per game. Davidson Day jumped to a 36-7 halftime lead and withstood five second-half touchdowns by Hargrave.
Will Grier was 24-of-42 passing for 359 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns, a pair of two-point conversions and kicked an extra point.
Davidson Day’s Jordan Brown rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Aaron Seward caught nine passes for 134 yards and two scores, and Mike Stevens and Jordan Young had a touchdown catch apiece.
Tre Hunt had 12 tackles and two sacks, and Jacob Robinson had an interception and fumble recovery.
North Mecklenburg’s rough outing
North Meck’s 63-0 loss at Mallard Creek on Oct. 6 was its most lopsided in eight seasons, since a 64-0 setback against Independence on Oct. 10, 2003. That’s a stretch of 97 games. On a brighter note, the Vikings (1-7) have losses by seven, three and two points this season.
Allison is a multiple threat
SouthLake Christian’s Demitri Allison, who has 10 touchdowns in the past three games, is one of the area’s most versatile talents.
Through seven games, he has 33 receptions for 704 yards and 12 touchdowns, has rushed for 289 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries, made 27 tackles and intercepted five passes. Allison is averaging 21.3 yards per reception and 13.1 yards per rush for the Eagles (6-1).