Vikings’ rally falls a bit short

HUNTERSVILLE – Opening games are often sloppy, mistake-filled affairs.

But North Mecklenburg High put on a thriller against visiting Lake Norman on Aug. 22. The Vikings fell behind 21-0, roared back by scoring the next 28 points, but lost when Lake Norman’s all-state quarterback Josh Ladowski scored a touchdown on a 4-yard sweep with five minutes left.

There was only one turnover.

“We have a lot of first-year varsity guys,” North Meck coach Brad Baker said. “We had a lot of jitters and got down early. Our guys fought like crazy to get back into it.  We scored right before halftime, which was big. We scored 28 unanswered points. But one play here, one play there. That’s the difference when you’re playing a special player like Ladowski, and they have a good team.”

Nolan Beasley’s 8-yard touchdown pass to De’Montrez Burroughs on the last play of the first half cut Lake Norman’s lead to 21-7. Beasley later scored on a 1-yard sneak, and running back Corey Patton had scoring runs of 26 and 42 yards to complete the rally.

“A few years ago that would’ve happened, no doubt in my mind,” Baker said. “I keep saying it and eventually it’s going to come true – we’re very close to crossing the hump. Forget the tough schedule. Forget all that. That’s life. You’ve got to man up and play.”

 

Fast start for Patriots defense

CORNELIUS – Davidson Day, known for its offense, put on a defensive show in the season-opening 43-7 win against Albemarle on Aug. 22.

The Patriots limited Albemarle to 49 rushing yards on 38 attempts. The Bulldogs ended up with only 61 yards, compared to Davidson Day’s 383.

Chase Monroe led the defense with 13 tackles, including one for a safety. Ryan Titus and H Strachan had 10 tackles each, and Titus forced a fumble. Trevor Darby’s eight tackles included 1.5 sacks.  Garrett Groulx and Jacob Robinson added eight stops each, and Nolan Lynch had five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

SouthLake’s Robinson commits to the Toledo Rockets

HUNTERSVILLE – Southlake Christian Academy safety Kahlil Robinson, a senior, has committed  to play at the University of Toledo. He also has offers from Holy Cross, Virginia Military Institute and Ball State. Robinson is 6-feet-1 and 175 pounds.

 

Coaches make strong debuts

HUNTERSVILLE – Four coaches in The Herald Weekly area made debuts with their new teams on Aug. 22 and all four won. Lake Norman Charter’s Mark Steele, Hough’s Miles Aldridge, Pine Lake Prep’s Brett Hayford and SouthLake Christian’s Bobby McLaughlin earned their milestone quickly.

Aldridge’s Hough squad beat Indian Trail Sun Valley 35-20 at Charlotte’s Memorial Stadium on Aug. 21 at a kickoff doubleheader. It was a hit, muggy day with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff, which did no one any favors. But Hough used a dazzling debut by running back Bishop Ford (196 yard and four touchdowns) and a defense that had 16 different players record a tackle.

 

Fast start and strong finish

DAVIDSON – Pine Lake Prep, hoping to rebound from an 0-10 debut season, scored on its first play from scrimmage this season as Tysheem Kerns ran 45 yards for a touchdown. It turned out the be the only score in the Pride’s 6-0 victory against the Vance High junior varsity on Aug. 21.

Pine Lake Prep’s first victory in school history included interceptions by Joe Berg (the last play of the first half) and Zack Gallant. Pine Lake next will play at Atkins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

 

Jamboree kicks off the season

CORNELIUS – More than 1,600 youth players fook part in the Pop Warner Little Panthers Jamboree hosted by the Lake Norman Giants and Hough High on Aug. 23. Competition was held in age groups 6-12 and using a 7-on-7 format where each team started at its 40-yard line and went from there. Each team was on offense for 13 minutes and defense for 13 minutes with two scrimmages each. There were teams from the Lake Norman Giants, Mallard Creek Chargers, Harrisburg Cowboys, Coul-Oak Steelers, Odell Eagles, Mint Hill Panthers and the Police Athletic Club Raiders.