CHARLOTTE – Victory Christian scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes to shock visiting SouthLake Christian 26-21 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III championship game Nov. 9.
The crushing blow to SouthLake’s chance at its first state title was Devon Meadow’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Corbin Jackson with 38 seconds left. Jackson leaped over a SouthLake defender and fell into the end zone to set off a wild celebration.
SouthLake finished 11-2. Eagles players walked off the field, shocked after Jackson dashed their championship hopes.
“They had a real tall, athletic kid (Jackson) out there,” SouthLake coach Geoff O’Donnell said. “We had our best defensive back (Andre Diouf) covering, leads the team in interceptions in his career. Great kid. Great defender. He was in position and that kid just went over top and pulled it down. Give them credit, they executed a low-percentage pass four times for touchdowns today. I thought we were in position and that’s all you can ask for.”
Jackson, a junior, burned SouthLake’s secondary for touchdown catches of 46, 32, 17 and 44 yards.
The game ended in a blur of confusion and anger. SouthLake’s final possession began at its 39-yard line, with 36 seconds left. On first down, Schroeder was sacked. SouthLake coaches tried to call timeout, but weren’t allowed to. The clock ran out as frustrated coaches and players yelled toward officials.
O’Donnell said he thought Victory Christian was allowed four timeouts (three’s the limit) because one of SouthLake’s timeouts was accidentally given to Victory Christian. On the last play, O’Donnell thought his team had one timeout left. The officials ruled otherwise, and the clock melted to zero.
“I know we had a timeout left,” O’Donnell said. “And that’s OK. It’s a game of emotion. In 38 seconds, it would have been tough to go down the field anyway and score, but I’d have liked to have had that chance.”
SouthLake Christian had taken a 21-12 lead on its first possession of the third quarter. The Eagles, using a no-huddle offense, drove 63 yards for a touchdown, which came on quarterback Randy Schroeder’s 1-yard sneak on fourth down. He also connected on a 36-yard pass to Demitri Allison during the drive.
Points pile in a 104-80 football game
Davidson Day won 104-80 on Nov. 9 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II semifinal that became the highest-scoring prep football game in state history. The previous record of 142 combined points was set in 1930.
“It was kind of crazy,” Davidson Day coach Chad Grier said. “It never dawned on me that the score was getting that high. I just kept looking at the scoreboard, doing the math, wanting to keep (the margin) at three scores.”
Davidson Day’s Will Grier passed for a national-record 837 yards, breaking the mark of 764 yards set in 2000 by David Koral of Pacific Palisades (Calif.) High.
Grier was 35-of-42 passing, and his 10 touchdown passes set a North Carolina record. It tied the national record held by five other quarterbacks.
The Patriots (10-2) had little time to celebrate. They launched into preparing for the state title game at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Arden Christ School (12-0).
“We’re playing our best football of the season by far,” Chad Grier said. “I feel like we’re battle-tested. Our guys just like to go out and play. That’s what we’re going to do and see what happens.”
LN Charter falls in high-scoring second round playoff
HENDERSONVILLE – Lake Norman Charter squandered a 34-7 halftime lead and lost 48-40 to Hendersonville in the second round of the N.C. 1AA playoffs Nov. 9. The Knights finished 10-2, after recording the first playoff victory in school history Nov. 2.
Alex Scearce scored six touchdowns to lead Lake Norman Charter. He ran for four scores on four carries (totaling 79 yards). Scearce also scored on a 78-yard punt return and 82-yard kickoff return, caught three passes for 55 yards and made 11 tackles. Cameron Kreuger had a team-high 15 tackles for the Knights.
– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens