Football Notebook: Oct. 19
by Staff Writer
CORNELIUS – Hough High defensive tackle Blake Dueitt was selected to play in the 77th Shrine Bowl all-star game.
The game pits North Carolina’s top 44 seniors against those from South Carolina, and will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Dueitt is the lone player picked from the Lake Norman area for the all-star game. He is 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, and has committed to Ball State University.
Dueitt has seven sacks and a tackle for a safety for Hough (8-1), which has won eight straight games and is tied with Mallard Creek for the I-MECK 4A conference lead.
Eagles adept at shutouts
HUNTERSVILLE – For the fourth time in eight games, SouthLake Christian registered a shutout with a 42-0 victory against Community School of Davidson on Oct. 12.
Linebacker Brian Jones led the Eagles (7-1) with 16 tackles. Defensive tackle Kenny Bumgarner had 14 tackles and two sacks. Dylan Silinski (seven tackles) and freshman tackle Christian Colon (six tackles) played solid games.
Will Eason, D.J. Wilson and Caleb Hines each had an interception, helping SouthLake rebound from a loss.
“We had a rough week of practice in which we struggled to regain our confidence, but we found our groove midway through the CSD game,” coach Bub O’Donnell said. “I expect that positive vibe will carry over to this week’s contest.”
Replay: Davidson Day’s Grier throws eight scoring passes
DAVIDSON – For the second time in less than month, Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier unofficially tied a state record with eight touchdown passes in a 68-28 victory against Metrolina Christian on Oct. 12.
Grier, a junior, completed 23 of 28 passes for 388 yards as the Patriots improved to 6-2. His touchdowns went to Aaron Seward and Evan Gates (two apiece) and Jordan Young, Glen Coates, Kendon McLaurin and Jordan Brown. Grier also threw eight scoring passes against Monroe Parkwood on Sept. 14.
Davidson Day, a private school, plays in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association, which doesn’t compile a football record book. The N.C. High School Athletic Association record for touchdown passes in a game is eight. Four players have accomplished the feat since 1966, and the last two were Independence High’s Joe Cox (2004) and Chris Leak (2002).
– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens