West Rowan (3-1) got very solid play from Keyows Weeks when tailback Daisean Reddick was hurt, but Reddick’s return energized the Falcons right away.
“I felt 100 percent tonight,” Reddick said. “We’ll just have to see how it feels tomorrow.”
Reddick, who has been getting steady ice treatments from West’s trainer, scored three TDs in the first 12 minutes in a 38-7 SPC win against Northwest Cabarrus.
“We got the win, and Daisean and Keyows (who’s also been banged up) both got through the game healthy,” West coach Scott Young said. “That was big, and we also were able to get Mookie Martin (a transfer from Davie) in there some for the first time. We played tailback by committee, and some good things happened.”
MEDICAL UPDATE: Young missed some practice time this week as he was hospitalized to have a heart defibrillator implanted.
“I hate to miss practice and I’ve missed only four or five in 16 years,” Young said. “This was precautionary, something I needed to do for my family.”
Young was still sore, but he was released from the hospital in time to see his son Bryant and the West Rowan Middle eighth-graders beat Knox.
HOLDING THE FORT: West’s defensive numbers, awful after Week 1 and shaky after Week 2, are steadily getting back to standard West levels.
Lineman Derrick Fortson had a terrific game to lead the charge against Northwest.
“I thought he was fantastic,” Young said. “Several tackles for loss. He was very busy.”
Fortson, Nick Collins, Darius Williamson and Anthony Pharr recovered fumbles.
West’s special teams also continue to shine, blocking two punts, one for a TD.
ROOM TO IMPROVE: West won convincingly against Northwest, but it wasn’t one of those 52-0 romps the Falcons used to pile up regularly.
“I think we kind of got satisfied,” Young said. “I wish we had more killer instinct.”
PASSING OFF: West’s passing game never got going on Friday. QB Harrison Baucom was 1-for-8 in the first half.
“Our passing game never did click,” Young said. “Northwest had good coverage, and we just didn’t have any wide-open guys.”
It really didn’t matter much, not with West’s running game healthy.
“Obviously, I didn’t throw too well, but our offense played well overall,” Baucom said.
ZACK ATTACK: Kicker Zack Russell continues to be an asset. He was 5-for-5 on PATS and connected on a 27-yard field goal.
This is North Rowan’s second week ranked No. 1 in the 2A state AP poll as it was unanimously picked first this week. North improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1994 with the 52-7 win against Providence Grove Friday. East Lincoln got one first-place vote last week leaving the Cavaliers with 12.
CHAMBERS BREAKING RECORDS: Jareke Chambers earned his second school record in Friday night’s rout against Providence Grove. Chambers found the end zone
Chambers ran for a school-record 272 yards in the playoff loss to West Montgomery last year. Chambers leads the county by a wide margin with 14 touchdowns and 86 total points
“I’m very proud of that kid,” North coach Joe Nixon said. “He’s stepped in there at quarterback and found ways to make plays.”
CAREER GAME: Andre Cowan had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career. Cowan carried the ball 17 times for 128 yards against PG. His previous high was 51 yards against South Davidson in 2012. Cowan bounced back from an injured ankle in Week 1.
BIG NIGHTS: North coach Joe Nixon credited nose gaurd Malik McGee, and defensive lineman Wesley Jefferies, Jake Pritchard and Shane Parker with good games. Xavier Partee starred in the secondary.
When East Rowan fullback Jake Boltz broke into the clear in third quarter of Friday’s East-Carson game, he appeared to have a certain touchdown, but Carson’s 250-pound linebacker Myquon Stout, an Appalachian State commit, ran him down. Boltz gained 53 yards on the play, but Stout made the stop, and East had to line up and snap it again.
“Myquon never quit,” Carson coach Joe Pinyan said. “And never quitting can go a long way.”
Stout made 11 tackles in the 32-28 win against East, including a sack, and he broke up a pass.
“It’s our senior year, so we had to go strong,” Stout said. “Everyone was pushing hard because we lost twice to East last year.”
Tre Williams, the standout point basketball guard who is a “Spur” in Carson’s scheme, was Carson’s defensive player of the week. Besides a huge interception, he made several tackles in the East backfield.
Tonny Dang was another defensive standout. He had 12 tackles, including a sack, an extraordinary night for a nose.
Linebacker Patrick Ratliff was in on a dozen stops and made a game-changing punt block on special teams. He blocked the punt and then recovered it for a touchdown.
Right tackle Ryan Bearden, a sophomore, made eight tackles.
BIG WIN: Any way you slice it, Carson’s comeback against East amounted to one of the more important wins in school history.
“It did mean an awful lot to our kids,” Pinyan said. “The key now for us as coaches is to be able to build on it. That makes this week’s game awfully big.”
Carson (2-2) steps outside the league to play 2A Mount Pleasant on the road. and it won’t be easy. Mount Pleasant (2-2) held high-octane Central Cabarrus to 13 points and limited Concord to 21.
COACHNG THEM UP: Carson running backs benefit from the coaching of Bobby Morrison, who played recently at Catawba and was a conference player of the year in his days at West Iredell. He battled Carson, West Rowan, East Rowan and South Rowan.
Morrison’s prize pupil is halback Brandon Sloop.
“Sloop comes to work every day,” he said. “And when you do that, Friday is payday.”
Carson’s backfield also got a big Friday from Tyler Reynolds, who had 81 yards and scored a TD.
“That’s the kind of game we need from Tyler every week if we’re going to be any good,” Pinyan said.
The Mustangs (2-2) obviously were disappointed with the bitter homecoming loss to Carson.
“We got very lackadaisical and very sloppy in the second half,” said East defensive star Dock Corpening, after East let a 21-12 halftime lead get away. “We’ve got to sharpen it up and clean it up in practice this week.”
The next task for East is Friday’s critical SPC home game against unbeaten Concord. If East is going to be a factor in the league race, it’s a must-win. Central Cabarrus, West Rowan and Concord aren’t expected to lose often.
This will also be a rematch of a tremendous 2012 3A third-round playoff game at Concord that the Spiders won in overtime.
IDENTITY THEFT: Coach Danny Misenheimer was not pleased that Carson’s offensive line owned the line of scrimmage in the second half.
“We lucked up and won our game at Cox Mill the week before, but we’re not playing the way we should be,” Misenheimer said. “We did some good things last year, and I think some of our guys are still satisfied with last year. But this is a new season. Every team has to establish its own identity, and the 2013 Mustangs need to find their identity.”
East will get its chance to do that on Friday.
DEFENSE: East’s defense was domimant at times against Carson. Cody Hiatt had a sack for a 10-yard loss. Corpening had several sacks. Robert Barringer made several stops in the backfield. Shiheem Saunders recovered a fumble.
RUSH HOUR: East has played all season without Calvin Edwards, a 1,500-yard rusher as a junior. Jake Boltz and Max Wall continue to give East an effective running game. They combined for 148 rushing yards against Carson. Boltz enjoyed his first 100-yard game.
SETH WATCH: Through four games, junior Seth Wyrick is off to one of the best receiving starts in county history. Wyrick had nine catches for 118 yards against Carson. He has three 100-yard games and 442 receiving yards this season. He already has topped his yardage total from 2012.
Samuel Wyrick has thrown for 520 yards.
“I think East is really good because they can run it and they can throw it,” Pinyan said. “You’ve got to respect both.”
PERFECT: Salvador Sanchez was 4-for-4 on PATS against Carson.
South Rowan (0-4) had both tight ends out of action in a 34-13 SPC loss to Concord.
With Travis Littlejohn and Matt Honeycutt sidelined, linebacker Burke Fulcher stepped in at tight end and played almost every offensive snap. He also made four receptions for 43 yards.
PASS IT ON: Aaron Kennerly turned in his fourth straight solid game at quarterback, throwing touchdown passes to Tyler Fuller and Derrick Blackwell.
The junior is the county’s leading passer with 691 yards. Kennerly is completing 62 percent of his passes and hasn’t thrown an interception in 98 attempts.
COMEBACK: Blackwell missed the Northwest Cabarrus game, but he returned against Concord and contributed 60 rushing yards and that TD catch.
TURNOVERS: Bryson Deaton, Hunter Meeks and Antonio Hester had fumble recoveries on Friday, while Peyton Penninger made his first interception.
Salisbury had as many starters out on Friday as it had on the field and the Hornets were crushed 56-0 by unbeaten South Iredell in a game that was even more lopsided than the score. It was 43-0 after the first quarter. A running clock was employed early.
Salisbury broke the school record for the worst loss for the second time this season. The record was 53-0 coming into 2013. The Hornets lost 55-0 to West Rowan in Week 3.
HARD TIMES: Salisbury (0-5) has been shut out three times in five games and scored 30 of its 39 points in the Lake Norman game. The Hornets have been outscored 205-39.
With QB Riley Myers one of the missing starters on Friday, the Hornets didn’t make a first down until their fifth possession, and they had only three for the game.
It’s been a struggle on both sides of the ball for the Hornets. They haven’t been 0-5 since 2001 when they went 1-10.
Salisbury hasn’t scored a touchdown in the first quarter all season.
POSITIVE: Salisbury has recovered 10 fumbles already, including three on Friday. Anthony Gill had two of Friday’s recoveries. Bobby Johnson had the other one.
OFF WEEK: Salisbury doesn’t play Friday, and it’s possible no team has ever needed the bye week more. If the Hornets can get healthy, they still can be competitive in most of their CCC games.
The bad news is that when Salisbury returns to action Oct. 4, it will be at Southeast Guilford, a 4A school that is still unbeaten.
The Wonders (3-1) host North Meck (2-2) Friday for the first time, but they’ve encountered numerous Charlotte and Mecklenburg teams over the years.
The Wonders had a regular series with Charlotte Tech in the 1950s and with East Meck in the 1960s and 1970s. A.L. Brown took on Harding as a conference foe in the 1990s and had a pair of memorable meetings with West Charlotte in the mid-1990s, including a 14-13 upset at Memorial Stadium of the eventual 4A champions. Charlotte Catholic has been an almost annual playoff foe for the Wonders in recent years.
Friday’s game will be the Wonders’ first 4A conference game since 1988.
GOOD BYE: The Wonders are coming off an open week that arrived at an opportune time. They had a lot of guys banged up and playing hurt.
“Our highlight guys have stayed healthy so far,” A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome said. “But our linemen have been beat up pretty bad.”
Last season, it was back Cade Carney.
This time Davie’s awesome freshman is linebacker James Boyle.
Boyle had three tackles for loss, a sack, and a fumble return for a touchdown in the War Eagles’ 43-7 romp against Thomasville.
BOOMING IT: Davie kicker Jonn Young sent six of his seven kickoffs into the end zone against Thomasville.
HIGH PERCENTAGE: Seth Dunn’s six receptions have produced four TDs.
MISSING: Davie lost left guard Wil Myers for the season in the North Rowan game. Myers fractured a foot and has undergone surgery.
NEXT: Davie (2-3) opens CPC play at home Friday. It’s homecoming, and the opponent will be high-powered Reagan (3-2), which has a spectacular QB in Jake Easter.
“Our season starts this week,” Davie coach Devore Holman said.
Mike London, Ryan Bisesi, Marny Hendrick, David Shaw and Brian Pitts contributed to the notebook.