Veterans to be honored Friday at South

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 7, 2013

South Rowan (0-10, 0-7 SPC) plans to honor veterans at Friday’s home game against East Rowan.
The Woodmen of the World will have a large flag (40 feet by 60 feet) on the field for ceremonies.
Any vets who would like to be honored should report to the bottom fence at 6:45 p.m. This is open to all Rowan veterans.
Free tickets for veterans and their spouses will be available at the Woodmen of the World tent at the pass gate.
Contact Dr. James Shaver at 704-857-2238 or Keith Anderson at 704-239-7813 for information.

TD TOSS: Returning from an injury, young QB Heath Barringer threw his first varsity TD pass in Friday’s 41-13 loss at Central Davidson. Barringer, the brother of former South basketball, volleyball and softball standout Nicole Barringer, connected with Eric Stowe on a 59-yard play.
The catch was Stowe’s 20th of the season, and he made his first trip to the end zone.

WORK BY BURKE: Burke Fulcher recovered a fumble for South on Friday. It was his second fumble recovery. He also had two interceptions.

SPECIAL EFFORT: Bryson Deaton’s kickoff return TD for the Raiders on Friday was South’s first since Mark McDaniel had two in one game against Statesville in 2009.

North (10-0, 4-0 CCC) continues as a unanimous No. 1 in the 2A poll, although 2A appears to be loaded, especially in the West.
Only two 2A teams are still unbeaten — North and Franklin.
The Cavaliers went 12-for-12 in garnering first-place media votes this week. They’ve been No. 1 since beating 4A Davie, and they’ve routed their four CCC opponents by a combined 172-32.
North won 40-0 against Thomasville Friday and hosts Salisbury this week.

SPECIAL EFFORT: The shutout of Thomasville was North’s first of the season. The Cavaliers shut out North Moore and South Davidson in 2012.

HISTORY: The Cavaliers haven’t won a playoff game since 2006, but that figures to change soon. There’s along way to go, but if the Cavaliers make it to the state-championship game, they would play at UNC’s Kenan Stadium.

SPECIAL EFFORT: The shutout of Thomasville was North’s first of the season. The Cavaliers shut out North Moore and South Davidson in 2012.

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE: Jareke Chambers has rushed for 100-plus yards in six straight games and has a county-leading 1,444 rushing yards for the season.
North’s school record for a regular season is Mark Sturgis’ 1,613 yards in 1975.
The North school record for rushing yards in a season, counting the playoffs, is held by late Nathanial Hyde, who churned out 1,768 yards in 1992. That was the last — and only — time North made it all the way to the state championship game.

CONEY ISLAND: Kasaun Coney had another interception Friday and now has (a county-leading) five in North’s four CCC contests. He’s had at least one pick in every league game.

PERFECT: North has been 10-0 three times previously. The 1982 and 1985 squads produced 10-0 regular seasons. Both finished 11-1 with second-round playoff losses.
The 1994 Cavaliers were 10-0 when they lost the final game of the regular season to Albemarle in the state’s first-ever regular-season battle of two 10-0s.
The 1994 team finished 12-2 with a third-round playoff loss to Thomasville.
The 1992 and 1994 squads share the school record with 12 victories.

Jonathan Rucker made two interceptions in an exciting 21-13 SPC win against Hickory Ridge, but Shrine Bowl linebacker Myquon Stout still was Carson’s defensive player of the week.
Stout’s eight tackles included a TD-saving shoestring tackle, a sack and another tackle for loss.

GOLD GLOVE: Heath Mitchem didn’t produce a scintillating punting average on Friday, but he got several punts off when it looked like they might be blocked after snaps that were low or bouncing or rolling.
“It’s a good thing he’s a baseball player,” Carson coach Joe Pinyan quipped after his 106th career win. “He looked like he was fielding grounders at first base.”
Mitchem was named special teams player of the week for being able to dodge disaster.

SALUTE: Carson’s offensive players of the week were halfback Brandon Sloop, who was a human sledgehammer on Friday, and guard Cody Rodriguez, who did a lot of blocking for him.
“Sloop was a soldier,” Pinyan said. “We showed a lot of character and discipline to win against Hickory Ridge. Our offensive line had their best game of the season. They were able to keep moving that line of scrimmage ahead of us. I’ve just gotta have faith that these kids are always going to get us 2 or 3 yards when we need them.”
Sloop’s 160-yard night pushed him to 967 rushing yards for the season. He had 956 as a freshman and 1,380 as a sophomore, so the junior’s rising career total is up to 3,303 rushing yards. That’s second in Carson history to Shaun Warren and ninth all-time in Rowan County. The next guy Sloop will pass is current UNC running back Romar Morris, who had 3,348 rushing yards at Salisbury.

HONORABLE MENTION: Other shoutouts by Pinyan were to offensive lineman Henry Brown and receivers Brandon Huneycutt and Andrew Hower for their blocking grades and to Fox Correll, who returned from a hamstring injury, to go 3-for-3 on PATs. Pinyan also is high on his jayvee kicker Cole Howard.

Salisbury (2-8, 2-2 CCC) whipped West Davidson 42-14 for its second win on Monday, but coach Ryan Crowder had a lot to worry about going into the game.
West Davidson has thrown the ball effectively in a lot of games, but then it had displayed a strong running attack against Lexington in the game before it played Salisbury.
“We went into it with the idea of trying to take away the things that they liked to do best,” Crowder said. “You always hope you can make the opponent as one-dimensional as possible.”
Salisbury was able to limit West Davidson’s top receiver Zach Queen with a double team. Cornerback Donte Gaston did a lot of the work, and he got help from a safety over the top. Slant passes to Tyler Grooms hurt the Hornets at times, but they held Queens to four catches for 31 yards.
Salisbury also was able to slow down the running of Kyle Smith, who had stampeded against Lexington for 200-plus yards. Smith rushed for 126 yards in 26 carries.

GETTING BETTER: Salisbury’s defense faces a stiff challenge when it plays at North Rowan on Friday, but Salisbury had made a remarkable turnaround from its early-season woes. Salisbury has held its last four opponents under 140 rushing yards.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Salisbury executed on a long hook-and-ladder play on Friday, and it helped QB Riley Myers close in on 1,000 passing yards for the season. Myers needs 46 more to reach the milestone.

MILESTONE: The Hornets finally had their first 100-yard rusher on Friday when Willie Clark broke two long runs and finished the night with 12 carries for 117 yards.
The fullback scored his third TD of the season.
Tim Rhodes has been close twice. He had 99 yards against Lexington and 94 against East Davidson.

Junior Samuel Wyrick threw for 170 yards in East’s 48-21 SPC loss to Central Cabarrus on Friday that dropped the Mustangs to 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the SPC.
Wyrick has 1,582 passing yards this fall and has broken the school record for a regular season. The previous record of exactly 1,500 yards was set by Shawn Eagle in 2007.
Wyrick is just 6 yards short of the East record for passing yards in a season, including the playoffs. C.M. Yates’ 1,588 yards has stood as the school mark since 1970.
Wyrick threw a TD pass to Noah Drye Friday and now has 16 this season. The school record of 19 in a regular season is held by 1990s QB Jason Barger, who was tossing mostly to Nick Heard.

DRYE RUN: East’s passing game has been so prolific relative to the rest of the county that Drye (23 catches, 499 yards) is now second in the county in receiving yards, trailing only teammate Seth Wyrick.
The battle of friends and rivals, Carson’s Tre Williams and West’s Najee Tucker, continues.
Tucker picked off his fourth pass in West’s wild 34-29 loss to Cox Mill, while Williams was picking off his fourth for the Cougars against Hickory Ridge.

JUST A .500 TEAM? It’s hard to believe West has fallen to 5-5 after a 4-1 start, although two of the losses were to Concord and Central Cabarrus, a pair of legitimate powerhouses.
While, West obviously isn’t as dominating as it once was, the Falcons’ stats still look more like the stats of a 7-3 or 8-2 team than a 5-5. West has out-rushed its opponents by more than 600 yards and has scored 309 points while allowing 207.

THREE TDS: Harrison Baucom rushed for three TDs against Cox Mill, as West scored 22 unanswered points in one stretch.
Baucom is among the county scoring leaders with 10 TDs, and he also has the county’s top punting average. He averages almost 40 yards per punt.

NEXT: West faces a huge matchup at Hickory Ridge on Friday, huge because the SPC suddenly has four 3-4 teams, including West, Hickory Ridge, Cox Mill and Northwest Cabarrus. East has to be a substantial favorite against South Friday, and a win would put the Mustangs at 3-5. Carson is 4-3 and currently alone in third but could fall into a 4-4 logjam if it doesn’t win Friday at Cox Mill.

Davie (4-6, 2-3 CPC) will be a 4A playoff team if it wins against Mount Tabor on Friday, and the War Eagles expect to be as healthy as they’ve been in a while.
Running back Cade Carney sat out the easy wins against Parkland and R.J. Reynolds to heal injured ankles and is expect to be ready for Mount Tabor’s visit.
Seth Dunn, Davie’s long-ball receiving threat will return after missing Friday’s 38-13 cruise past Reynolds with a concussion.
Davie hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record, but the War Eagles have a chance to change that. Mount Tabor is 7-3.
“We’re in position,” Davie coach Devore Holman said. “I think our team is starting to peak at the right time.”

With starting quarterback Andrew Ramirez out with a finger injury, Damon Johnson directed the Wonders in a 66-14 win against West Charlotte.
The sophomore did OK — four TD passes — all in the first half. He found Gabe Lucero, Johnny Delahoussaey, Jalen Cagle and Rodney Edmonds for TDs.
Johnson was 8-for-12 for 163 yards.

FIELD GOAL: The Wonders led 63-14 when Nate Williams kicked a field goal late in the game.
The idea wasn’t to run the score up, it was to get game-speed practice in case a field goal is needed in the playoffs. It was the Wonders’ first successful 3-pointer of the season.

VERSATILE: Daveon Perry scored his third TD of the season against West Charlotte on a pick-6. He’s scored on offense, defense and special teams. He’s had a 10-yard run, a 99-yard kickoff return and a 65-yard interception return.

Mike London, Ryan Bisesi, Brian Pitts and Marny Hendrick contributed to the notebook.