Prep Football Notebook: Week 8
From staff reports
Trey Mashore drew praise from his head coach following West Rowanís 69-14 win against Carson.
Mashore made several open-field tackles on star running back Shaun Warren and had a second-quarter interception. A penalty wiped out his 42-yard punt return for a touchdown.
ěAnd heís one of our DBs that didnít get beat coverage-wise,î West coach Scott Young said.
An infraction involving Carsonís long snapper negated the punt return.
Rules are in place to protect snappers from being hit when they have their heads down. A flag was thrown when an official ruled that a West linebacker made early contact with the center.
ěThat was really good coaching on their part because obviously they had done their film study and seen how our linebacker attacks the center,î Young said.
FEELING THE BURN: Young remains happy with how an offensive line switch has worked out. Timmy Pangburn has moved from center to left guard, and Armando Trujillo has gone from left guard to center.
Pangburn played left guard as a sophomore.
ěItís a homecoming for Timmy,î Young said. ěHe had a pretty good game overall.î
IN THE ZONE: Backup running back Dinkin Miller posted his second touchdown of the season ó on a 7-yard carry ó in the lopsided win against Carson.
Tight end Patrick Hampton, playing with a brace covering a recently injured knee, scored his first varsity TD. He caught an 18-yard pass from B.J. Sherrill.
Carson wide receiver Cody Clanton impressed a coach from a county rival for the second consecutive week.
Clanton had a big game in a 29-26 loss to Brian Hinsonís East Rowan team on Oct. 2.
Clanton made four catches for 74 yards in the lopsided loss to West. He hauled in a short touchdown on a slant route late in the first half.
Clanton has 25 catches for 579 yards and six touchdowns this season.
ěCoach Hinson said he was better than what he thought, and I think the same can be said for us,î Young said. ěHeís better on the field than what you see on film, and heís pretty good on film.î
CENTURY SHAUN: Warren rushed for 111 yards against the Falcons, giving him seven 100-yard games in eight chances.
With 1,380 yards, heís one of the stateís leading rushers. The Cougars seek to end a two-game skid when they play host to North Iredell on Friday.
ěWe just played a good team, so hopefully that prepares us for other teams,î Warren said.
Warren ranks second to Westís K.P. Parks among the countyís rushing leaders. Parks had a county-record 356 yards against Carson.
ěHe runs real hard, and it takes about three people to take him down,î Warren said.
With a Friday off due to an open week, Hinson and Mustang fans can sit back, take a deep breath and take in what they have accomplished so far:
A 7-1 record.
Six straight wins.
And victories in their last three games by three, three and four points.
They have become the this yearís Cardiac Kids.
The latest close call came Friday when Quentin Sifford scored late for a 31-27 win at Statesville.
ěI told a reporter, ëOur kids must feel comfortable winning like this,í î Hinson said. ěIt gives me gray hairs and heart problems.î
WEEKS IS STRONG: East received a nice surprise from Wilson Weeks, the backup nose guard.
He has played for three years and made a big contribution during Fridayís win.
ěHe did a great job,î Hinson said. ěIt was kinda unexpected. Heís a stocky kid who used that big olí butt and played well in the middle for us.î
HIGH ON HIATT: Siffordís game-winning run with 1:30 left was set up by Evan Hiattís long kickoff return that took East to the Greyhound 48 with three-plus minutes remaining.
ěWe were talking about what we were going to do,î Hinson said. ěAfter Evanís kickoff return, we knew we could go 48 yards in 31/2 minutes with two timeouts.î
Hinson said Statesville was actually trying to kick away from Preston Troutman, and Hiatt made the Greyhounds pay.
RUNNING THREATS: East has become quite a running team with several threats, including quarterback Jamey Blalock and Chris Moore.
Hinson said heís running a split-back veer offense similar to the team that beat Catawba last week: Carson-Newman.
ěYou canít really say that around Salisbury without people giving you a dirty look,î said Hinson, a former All-American offensive lineman at Catawba. ěWe had to find an offense that fit our personnel. I felt we had some good power backs who could run the ball straight and downhill. And our quarterback does a good job reading the option. Heís getting better with it every week.î
Against Statesville, East ran for 409 yards.
ěIím really happy with the offense,î Hinson said.
JAMEYíS THE MAN: The performance gave Hinson a chance to praise his quarterback one more time. Blalock finished with 152 yards rushing.
ěHeís a kid not many people knew about because he was on jayvee for two years,î Hinson said. ěBut we knew he was a very good football player.î
Blalock uses his intelligence. The junior is No. 5 in his class.
ěHeís a smart kid who has some athleticism, and most importantly, heís a great competitor,î Hinson said.
OVERCOMING SPEED: Statesville had scoring runs of 76, 64 and 70 yards. Hinson said to overcome Statesvilleís quickness, his offensive line came through.
ěPeople who have more speed than us, weíve got to keep the ball out of their hands,î Hinson said. ěOur offensive line did a good job of controlling the game.î
No one felt better about Salisburyís 35-0 win against West Davidson than senior Norris Rankin.
He was a kid who wasnít playing, but when a teammate on the offensive line suffered from the flu, coach Joe Pinyan didnít hesitate talking Rankin, a 6-foot-1, 165-pounder, into a position switch.
ěHe wanted to play wide receiver,î Pinyan said. ěWe said, ëWeíll move you to offense, but it wonít quite be wide receiver. Youíll be a little closer to the center. Do it this week and we might slide you to tight end.í î
Rankin had one week to learn the tackle position and was obviously a quick study. He helped the Hornets rush for 269 yards against the Green Dragons.
ěI think heís happy,î Pinyan said. ěYouíre a senior who wasnít getting to play and all of a sudden youíre a starter. The whole world is in great shape for him.î
KNOX REPORT: Pinyan smiled when asked about the sore ankle of quarterback John Knox. Heíd hurt it two weeks earlier in a win against North Rowan and had played limited snaps in a loss against Davie.
ěWe had to holler at him after every run to quit limping,î Pinyan said. ěWe wanted him to know we see heís acting like it hurt.î
Pinyan knew his junior star was OK when he rolled out to pass to Romar Morris.
ěWe didnít protect at all,î Pinyan said. ěJohn had to run for his life. I donít know how he picked up a first down.î
Knox was sharp, running for 96 yards and passing for 92 on just three completions.
ěJohn had a great game,î Pinyan said.
EMOTIONAL WIN: Salisbury was the better team Friday, but Pinyan didnít take any chances. West Davidson had burned him before.
ěWe wanted to make sure there was no doubt,î he said. ěWe talked about pride and what pride meant: Be prepared, be respectful, be determined and show intensity. I thought our kids played with a lot of emotion.î
This one was never in doubt. By halftime, Salisbury led 28-0.
PLAYERS OF WEEK: On offense, Morris was cited for his 112 yards rushing on 10 carries. He had one 48-yard run called back.
On defense, cornerback Jeremiah Stockdale, who ran back an interception for a score, and Chris Bruce, a linebacker who was forced to play on the line, performed well.
ěBruce is an unselfish player,î Pinyan said. ěHe gave up his spot at linebacker, where youíre going to get all the glory, and went down to the defensive line and put pressure on the quarterback.î
Linares Pagan won the award for special teams.
SPARTAN TIES: Salisbury plays host to Central Davidson this week for homecoming, and Pinyan always likes to remind everyone he has Spartan ties.
Centralís talented quarterback Kirk Brown has a father named Billy who was a wide receiver at East Rowan when Pinyan was an assistant coach there.
Brown was an All-Rowan County end in 1986 and was the countyís leading receiver.
ěBilly was a pretty daggone good player,î Pinyan said. ěAnd his sonís a good player.î
North Rowanís 49-0 victory against YVC foe North Moore on Friday marked the programís biggest offensive production and most lopsided victory since a 51-0 romp against South Rowan early in the 2006 season.
RUNNING CLOCK: Northís aggressive fullback/linebacker Vince Shropshire said Fridayís fun didnít last nearly long enough.
ěIt seemed like that first quarter just flew by,î he said. ěThen the second half, you look up and itís all over.î
Shropshire wasnít imagining things. The second half was a blur. With North leading 25-0 and in control at halftime, the teams agreed to have officials stop the clock only for timeouts in the second half. The Cavaliers still nearly matched their first-half production with 24 more points.
FINAL ACT: North Moore tried to avoid a shutout with a late field goal, but DíAndre Gaither blocked it. Sprinter Sam Starks scooped it and ran for a touchdown.
ěEveryone was saying, ëNo, we are not gonna let them get this,í î veteran lineman Keith Reid explained. ěThey thought they were gonna get three, but instead we got six. That felt really good.î
INJURED: Defensive lineman Dominique Meade is sidelined with a high ankle sprain.
Meade, injured early in the North Moore game, will miss Fridayís game at Albemarle but is optimistic heíll return to action the following week.
NAME TO KNOW: Freshman running back Malik Jones is making an impact.
The youngster had nine carries for 83 yards against North Moore.
ěHe really reads the holes great,î Reid said. ěItís fun blocking for him.î
TOUGHER DUTY: Just minutes after the easy win against North Moore, Shropshire got busy getting his teammatesí focus switched to the Albemarle game.
ěThis one is over,î he said. ěLetís get ready for the next one.î
The Cavs are improving fast and developing confidence, but second-ranked Albemarle should be a handful. The Bulldogs (7-0) crushed 3A Mount Pleasant and beat Thomasville. They have outscored opponents 288-33 and scored at least 42 points in their three YVC games.
During an off week, South Rowan coach Jason Rollins stayed busy.
He went to the North Iredell-West Iredell matchup to scout the Warriors. West Iredell is Southís opponent this week.
He then left at halftime and watched the second half of Carson-West.
OPEN UP: Rollins said heís had open dates early in the season in past years, but this is the first time it has come midway through the season.
ěAnd it was needed,î Rollins said. ěWe had four kids who had the flu or some type of virus.î
Rollins told the team it could have last Friday off if there was a good week of practice.
Did they get Friday off?
ěThey were very good,î Rollins said.
YOUíRE ON THE AIR: The Postís web video ěRoaming the Countyî paid a visit to South on Tuesday to chat with Rollins and standout linebacker Cadarreus Mason and drink plenty of Sun Drop. Watch it on www.salisburypost.com.
RECRUITING: Mason is receiving ACC interest, but he says Marshall is the current leader for his services. He plans to visit the Thundering Herd later this fall.
MASON JARS: Mason made one of the defensive plays of the season recently against West Rowan when he ripped a ball loose from Parks, who fumbles about once a year, then made the recovery himself after the ball squirted out from under a diving teammate.
ěWhen I forced the fumble, I had to look back twice just to make sure it really was K.P.,î Mason said with a laugh. ěItís a good double any time you get a tackle on K.P. and a fumble. I guess this was a triple because I got the recovery.î
It doesnít get any easier for Davie County on Friday night.
After losing 33-23 to an unbeaten R.J. Reynolds team, the War Eagles must go to another CPC unbeaten in West Forsyth for the annual ěBattle of the Yadkin.î
When Davie crosses the river into Clemmons to face the Titans (7-0), coach Doug Illing promises his team will be ready.
ěWe didnít quit (against Reynolds) and weíre not going to quit,î Illing said. ěWe donít want to be losers. We canít accept losing.î
West is ranked sixth in the state in 4A, and the War Eagles are 3-4.
Davie has won two straight in Clemmons, but it lost 37-20 last year at home.
A BRUTE: Linebacker Jared Barber continues to be one of the CPCís top players. He had 12 tackles against Reynolds.
Barber is the twin brother of quarterback Jacob Barber, who threw a touchdown pass to Joe Watson during the loss to Reynolds on Friday.
Junior tailback Travis Riley says heís focused on winning football games, not worrying about the recruiting process, but he makes good grades, is getting solid guidance and is taking the steps that should make him a marquee recruit in time.
Riley took the SAT for the first time last week and recently completed all the NCAA clearinghouse paperwork.
Assuming he stays healthy, Riley is a name people will be hearing for a while. Once Westís Parksí reign finally ends, Riley and Carsonís Warren are candidates to follow him as the stateís rushing leader in 2010.
STATS: Riley has 1,001 rushing yards in seven games, but his numbers took a hit when a bout with the flu limited him to seven carries for 50 yards and two TDs in a recent game against struggling Central Cabarrus.
A healthy Riley likely would have put up a quick 200 yards against the Vikings, but the Wonders didnít start him and were careful with his workload.
ěTravis was standing on the sideline, chewing through his mouthpiece he wanted to get in there so bad,î equipment man Ken Orbison said.
SAY WHAT? Backup QB Michael Church has produced two TDs in his three passing attempts this season.
Church tossed a TD pass against Statesville opening night and had another one in a 61-7 rout of Cox Mill on Friday.
NOSE FOR THE BALL: DB Kaleel Hollis permitted Cox Millís TD when a ball that he probably should have picked off was instead deflected to a Charger receiver.
He atoned for that fluke play with two fumble recoveries. He has a team-high four recoveries for the season and has helped the Wonders win the turnover battle 21-9. Four of the Wondersí offensive turnovers came in their lone loss ó against South Rowan.
BIG O: The Wonders have a softer schedule than usual and are averaging a scary 40.6 points a game.
They topped 60 points Friday for the first time since they beat Porter Ridge 66-8 in 2007.
Ronnie Gallagher, Mike London, Bret Strelow and Brian Pitts contributed to the notebook.