Football Notebook for August 31
by Staff Writer
Lake-area football hasn’t seen this sort of widespread offense in a long time.
Last Friday, it wasn’t one team or player piling up points and yards – it was epidemic.
The most electrifying was East Lincoln’s 61-59 victory against Hopewell, which produced 17 touchdowns in 48 minutes of regulation. Each team punted twice, including both on its first possession. The last punt came two minutes into the second half.
East Lincoln’s Garrett Young set a school record with 349 passing yards and five touchdowns. Receivers Jesse Earnhardt (eight catches, 123 yards) and Tyler Brock (five catches, 139 yards) repeatedly found open space.
Hopewell’s Tijuan Sifford passed for a school-record 472 yards and five touchdowns, helping the Titans score 42 second-half points. Dominique Heath’s 258 all-purpose yards included two rushing scores and two touchdown catches.
Davidson Day’s Will Grier was 29-of-36 for 493 yards and six touchdowns. Aaron Seward caught seven passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns. Evan Gates caught 12 for 162 yards and a score.
Hough High’s Dre’an Long set the school rushing record for a game with 174 yards in a 35-11 romp against Myers Park.
Mooresville rolled up 35 points on the road, as Manny Johnson ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
Lake Norman Charter scored 61 points, a week after scoring 82.
Lake Norman rolled up 31 points, despite switching quarterbacks because of an injury. Josh Ledowski stepped in and promptly ran for 133 yards and three scores.
SouthLake Christian’s Randy Schroeder threw three touchdown passes for the second straight game, both victories.
Defense is sparking SouthLake’s start
SouthLake Christian has allowed a paltry eight points in its 2-0 start. The Eagles have seven sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
“The goal line stand midway through the first quarter sparked our team’s confidence that we could impose our will on their offense,” coach Bub O’Donnell said, referring to the 22-8 victory against Trinity Christian on Aug. 24.
“It’s all about confidence. Trinity is usually the team to beat for a Division III state title. Most preseason publications had picked them to win it this year. So our convincing victory means our kids believe we are now the team to beat in (Division III).”
Kenny Bumgarner has three sacks and 23 tackles, both team-highs. Linebackers Dylan Silinski (20 tackles) and Brian Jones (19 tackles) have controlled opponents’ running attacks. Jack Fording has two sacks.
– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens