Hopewell wins seventh straight `Shield’ game

HUNTERSVILLE – The shield is staying put.

Host Hopewell High, unleashing a powerful running game, beat neighboring North Mecklenburg 47-34 in the “Shield of Victory” game Oct. 11. The Titans won for the seventh straight year to retain the trophy – a gold and silver inscribed shield – which goes to the winner of the annual game.

The giddy Titans carried the shiny shield to the stands, took turns kissing it and posed for photos afterward.

The Titans were led by speedy running backs Dimitris Camp and Dominique Heath, who combined for all seven touchdowns. Camp, a junior, rushed for 193 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries. Heath, committed to play at Kansas State next season, ran for 143 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He also caught seven passes for 68 yards.

Hopewell wasted little time setting the tone. On the third play from scrimmage, Camp cut outside and ran 44 yards for a touchdown. His other scoring runs covered 1, 1, 10, 8 and 40 yards.

“Coming into the week, we said we wanted to run the football,” Hopewell coach Matt Stevens said. “We were going to get after them. Our offensive line is young, but they’re getting better every week.”

Hopewell controlled the line of scrimmage and methodically went on long drives. The Titans’ first four scoring drives covered 72, 70, 80 and 73 yards.

North Mecklenburg’s Nolan Beasley threw four touchdown passes, but the Vikings allowed seven sacks and didn’t establish a consistent running game.


Two lake-area players picked for Shrine Bowl

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High center Jake McCreary and Hopewell wide receiver Dominique Heath were selected to play in the 78th Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The game pits North Carolina’s top 44 seniors against those from South Carolina, and will be Dec. 21 at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

McCreary has played every offensive snap in Hough’s four-year history and helped the Huskies to a 6-1 record this season. Heath, who has committed to Kansas State, has 35 receptions for 606 yards and six touchdowns. He has rushed for 339 yards and three scores.


Grier leads the nation in passing scores

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier leads the nation with 42 touchdown passes, according to maxpreps.com.

Grier has thrown four or more scoring passes in all seven games, and three times has had seven touchdown passes.

Grier, a senior who has committed to Florida, has completed 174 of 247 passes (70 percent) for 2,748 yards.