Football Notebook: Nov. 9
by Staff Writer
HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian will play at Victory Christian at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III championship.
The Eagles (10-1) advanced by beating Fayetteville Christian 48-6 in the semifinal Nov. 2. SouthLake Christian is averaging 39.1 points per game behind quarterback Randy Schroeder (3,334 passing yards, 31 touchdowns), running backs Robert Washington Jr. (1,005 yards) and Joey Gass (1,102 yards), and receivers Demitri Allison, Caleb Hines and Conner O’Donnell, who each have more than 870 receiving yards.
Victory Christian is 7-3 and has topped 50 points five times.
Home sweet home for LN Charter
HUNTERSVILLE – The first home playoff game in Lake Norman Charter’s history was a rousing success.
The Knights crushed Avery County 48-0 in the N.C. 1AA first round Nov. 2 and dominated throughout the chilly evening. Lake Norman Charter improved to 10-1 and will play at Hendersonville (10-1) in the second round Nov. 9.
Lake Norman Charter lost a fumble on its first possession, then scored touchdowns on the next three drives. Blake Douglas’s 19-yard touchdown sweep gave the Knights a 6-0 lead. Lake Norman Charter’s Cameron Kreuger then blocked a punt on Avery County’s next possession, giving the Knights the ball at the Avery 13-yard line. Four players later, Douglas scored his second touchdown and Alex Scearce’s two-point conversion run made it 14-0.
Scearce accounted for the next two scores by catching a 20-yard pass from backup quarterback Will Monti and a 34-yarder from Michael Dorsainvil for a 28-0 lead.
“The blocked punt gave us momentum,” Lake Norman Charter coach Bob McKay said. “We’re a no-huddle team, so it comes at you quick. It’s hard to defend. If you’re calling defenses against us, you gotta go quick because we don’t hesitate.”
Davidson Day moves closer to state final
DAVIDSON – The Davidson Day football team rolled to a 46-0 victory against Concord First Assembly on Nov. 2 in the NCISAA Division II quarterfinals. The Patriots (9-2) scored all their points in the first three quarters.
Will Grier was 24-of-28 passing for 421 yards and six touchdowns, including three scores to Mike Stevens (10 catches for 169 yards). Jordan Brown caught two scores and Jordan Young snagged one. Grier leads the state in passing yards (4,457) and touchdown passes (54).
Davidson Day played without leading receiver Evan Gates (70 catches), who injured a knee two weeks ago. He’s doubtful for the remainder of the season, Davidson Day coach Chad Grier said.
Hough falls in first round
CORNELIUS – Hough High’s first trip to the N.C. 4AA playoffs was a short one.
West Mecklenburg High made sure of that by dominating the Huskies 45-10 in the first round Nov. 2.
Hough (9-3) posted the first winning season in school history and earned its first home playoff game, but lost its final two games.
“(Trailing) 8-3 at the half wasn’t bad, but coming out after halftime, we gave up too many (points in the second half),” Hough coach Bobby Collins said. “We just couldn’t keep it going.”
West Mecklenburg running back Shaun Wilson ran for 267 yards and scored four touchdowns. The Hawks scored the game’s final 29 points.
Hopewell’s season ends in close loss
SAWMILLS – Hopewell High led in the fourth quarter in an N.C. 4A first-round playoff game at unbeaten South Caldwell, but allowed a late touchdown and lost 17-14. The Titans finished 4-7.
– compiled by Cliff Mehrtens and Aaron Burns