Published 12:00 am Friday, October 18, 2013
The Post pounds you with stats about as often as Carson’s Brandon Sloop runs over a defensive back.
Sloop, by the way, is 78 yards away from 3,000 career rushing yards. Pounded you one more time.
We mention all those numbers so frquently because school records and county records and occasionally even state records when someone like K.P. Parks comes along are interesting to fans and they are meaningful to coaches, parents and players.
We thought for about 24 hours last week that Riley Myers had broken Salisbury’s passing record for a single game, but the film showed him coming up 14 yards short. Maybe Riley will do it tonight.
Some records stand a week, some a year, some 10 years and some for generations. East’s passing/catching Wyrick twins have at least a chance to break two of the oldest school records still on the books this year — records set by East legends C.M. Yates and Johnny Yarbrough 40-plus years ago.
If you’re young and have no idea who Johnny Yarbrough is, he was a good enough athlete to play both football and baseball at Tennessee.
You can argue for weeks about who the best QB in Rowan County history was, but Yarbrough would be a unanimous pick as the best receiver. His records for career TD catches (43) and career receiving yardage (2,862) are so far out there that it’s like he was a guy from another planet.
That you’re reading Seth Wyrick and Yarbrough in the same sentence tells you what kind of terrific season Seth is having — and we probably should mention that Seth’s brother is helping him out a little bit with that.
Seth has 49 catches, 24 more than the second-best total in the county. He has 355 more receiving yards than the second-place guy and three more touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Seth had a modest 21 catches for 402 yards, so we’re thinking no one in the county outworked him in the offseason when no one was looking.
Carson career records obviously aren’t as tough to break as East records — East has been around since 1959, while Carson arrived in 2006 — but it still should be noted that Carson QB Austin McNeill isn’t far from another school record.
Zack Gragg threw for 3,480 yards at Carson. His last football season was in 2010, and his last game, by the way, was against Concord.
McNeill, after his big night Friday, has 3,349.
As far as touchdown passes, a lot of fans probably will be shocked that McNeill has a school-record 39 now.
That’s a lot of TD passes, and probably will rank in the county’s all-time top 10 if we ever get a chance to calculate everyone’s career totals.
West’s B.J. Sherrill (66 TD passes), North’s Mario Sturdivant (65), North’s Mitch Ellis (50) and East’s Yates (50) are four record-setting guys who would be in the greatest Rowan QB ever conversation, and that helps put McNeill’s 39 TDs in perspective.
McNeill probably hears more criticism than praise, but he’s had a really nice career and should have some big games left in his right arm.
We’ve thrown around some numbers this week, but hopefully we haven’t jinxed anyone. Carson will need strong games from Sloop and McNeill to have a chance against Concord, and if both Wyricks don’t play really well, it’s going to be tough for East against West.
The picks were an ugly 10-4 last week dragging the season record to 54-14, although if Mount Tabor takes a knee instead of fumbling in the final minute it beats Reagan. That miss has had an asterisk placed next to it, but no excuses for missing Northwest-East Rowan, West Rowan-Central Cabarrus or Hopewell-North Meck.
East will have the advantage of being picked to lose by Common Sense tonight, but that’s probably offset by the Mustangs being 0-2 with the Common Sense columnist in the house. Common Sense has been an eyewitness to East losses to Carson and Concord.
Common Sense also hasn’t been a rabbit’s foot for West, having eye-witnessed losses to Mooresville and Carson — but also victories against Davie and Salisbury.
West 24, East 17 — Was thinking a few weeks ago this wouldn’t be close, but Eastproduced its best game last Friday.
Concord 28, Carson 14 — Concord has responded with a great performance in every big game so far.
Central Cabarrus 56, South 14 — Holding Central under 60 would be a moral victory.
Lexington 35, Salisbury 28 (OT) — Someone’s got to win for the first time. When in doubt, take the home team.
North 35, W. Davidson 7 — North is looking for the first 11-0 regular season in school history. North went 10-0 twice in the 1980s.
Hough 35, A.L. Brown 21 — It’s not often you pick a team with six straight wins to lose by 14, but Hough is one of the state’s best.
West Forsyth 38, Davie 14 — Titans are ranked for a reason.
CCC: Thomasville 42, East Davidson 21
SPC: Hickory Ridge 31, NW Cabarrus 28 (OT)
MECKA: Mallard Creek 56, Vance 27; Hopewell 34, West Charlotte 21; North Meck 49, Robinson 14
CPC: Reagan 56, Parkland 7; Mount Tabor 42, R.J. Reynolds 14