Football Notebook for September 7
by Staff Writer
HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter pulled off the biggest upset of the season with a 30-28 victory against Lincolnton on Aug. 31.
The Knights beat the reigning Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference champions on J.C. Brooks’ 29-yard field goal with 48 seconds left.
Lake Norman Charter improved to 3-0 and grabbed the conference lead in its SPC opener.
Alex Scearce, a senior receiver/running back, was dominant for Lake Norman Charter. He scored touchdowns on runs of 89 and 80 yards, caught a 48-yard touchdown pass and threw a 1-yard score.
In 2011, Lincolnton beat Lake Norman Charter 55-7.
North Mecklenburg heads to big city
HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High’s game at Myers Park will be played at Memorial Stadium in uptown Charlotte at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 because of bleacher repair at Myers Park’s stadium.
Hough starts fast, hangs on for
CORNELIUS – Hough High edged Providence 27-22 on Aug. 30 in a game that went from first-half rout to last-minute nail-biter.
The Huskies (2-1) won their second straight game by scoring touchdowns on each of their first four possessions.
Providence rallied with three second-half touchdowns, added a pair of two-point conversions and seemed poised to pull off a huge comeback.
But Hough’s defense stymied Providence on three possessions in the final four minutes and forced two turnovers. With 19 seconds left, Hough defensive end Brandon Cassarino dislodged the ball from Providence quarterback James Haigh, and linebacker Jake Efird recovered it to seal the victory.
“We have to learn to finish a football game,” Hough coach Bobby Collins said. “Catches we made, the runs, the blocks we made in the first half, we didn’t (in the second). And you can’t be successful turning the football over.”
Hough’s Josh Stilley had touchdown passes to Sanders Poff and Brett Walker, Dre’an Long rushed for two touchdowns.
Unbeaten SouthLake piled up the yardage
HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian gained 835 yards in its 65-0 victory against Wake Christian on Aug. 31.
The Eagles rushed for 450 yards and passed for 385. Quarterback Randy Schroeder was 10-of-13 passing for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Joey Gass rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, and Robert Washington ran for 93 yards and a score on nine carries.
SouthLake’s Will Eason, D.J. Wilson, Conner O’Donnell and Demitri Allison had touchdown receptions.
– compiled by Cliff Mehrtens