Prep Football Notebook: First East Rowan team to top 400 points
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East Rowan has scored 434 points, the most the Mustangs ever have scored in a season.
East Rowan’s unbeaten 1969 team scored 374 points in 13 games. The 2012 Mustangs lost in the third round of the 3A playoffs and scored 384 points. The 1959 Mustangs, East Rowan’s first team, scored 394 in a 10-game season. East Rowan’s 1997 team, the Mustangs’ last conference champs, scored 397 in a 13-game season.
East Rowan, seeded 15th in the 3A West playoffs, averages 33.4 points a game entering a third-round game at No. 6 Belmont South Point.
• East Rowan’s 27-21 victory against West Henderson in the second round of the 3A playoffs was the 250th in school history.
• First-year coach Kenneth McClamrock is East Rowan’s 20th head coach. With seven wins, he’s already surpassed eight of his predecessors, and he’s tied with one.
• The greatest passing season in county history was 2,945 yards by North Rowan’s Mitch Ellis in 1994. East Rowan senior Samuel Wyrick has 2,843 passing yards this season.
A lopsided 56-7 loss to unbeaten Black Mountain Owen in the second round of the 2A state playoffs closed Salisbury’s season, but that result shouldn’t put a damper on the strides the Hornets made in coach Ryan Crowder’s second season.
The Hornets improved from 2-9 to 6-7, improved their offense by 7 points per game and improved their rushing numbers. Willie Clark led the 2013 Hornets in rushing with 471 yards. Clark finished this season with 919, while Antwond Glenn added 885. Both are juniors.
• Ryan Jones had three catches against Owen and finished his career with a school-record 66 in two seasons.
• This was the 100th season of Salisbury football. Salisbury debuted in 1915 with a game against Concord.
After an exciting five minutes to open the game, little went right for North Rowan in a 42-14 loss to a stout Mount Pleasant team that has won 11 in a row.
The road loss in the second round of the 2A playoffs ended the Cavaliers’ season and some outstanding careers.
CCC Offensive Player of the Year Jareke Chambers’ final numbers were 559 carries for 4,769 yards. The Shrine Bowl pick’s rushing yards rank fifth in Rowan County history.
Chambers averaged 8.5 yards per carry for his career and leaves behind school records for career rushing yards, career touchdowns (71), rushing yards in a season (2,018 as a junior), rushing yards in a game (272 vs. West Montgomery as a sophomore) and touchdowns in a game (six against Providence Grove as a junior).
• Alexis Archie finished his three-year varsity career with 263 completions, 4,431 yards and 46 TD passes. Archie had career highs in all three stats as a senior. Archie scored the 22nd rushing of his career against Mount Pleasant.
• North Rowan has won 31 games in coach Joe Nixon’s three seasons. The only three-year period in which North Rowan won more often was the 32 wins posted by coach Roger Secreast’s 1992-94 teams.
• North Rowan defensive end Shane Parker was runner-up for CCC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Parker, Wesley Jefferies, Jake Pritchard and Zion Debose all posted huge tackles-for-loss totals.
Harrison Baucom kicked a PAT in West Rowan’s 28-7 loss at No. 1 seed Shelby Crest in the second round of the 3A playoffs. That kick gave Baucom 127 points, one more than Chambers. Baucom is second in the county in scoring behind Carson’s Darren Isom, who scored 28 TDs in 11 games.
Baucom’s unique season included 14 touchdowns, 37 PATs and two field goals.
• West Rowan’s defense played well against Crest. L.J. Robinson and Quameak Lewis picked off passes. It was a similar loss to the Falcons’ 28-7 defeat at Belmont South Point in the first round last season.
• West Rowan improved from 6-6 in 2013 to 8-5 this season despite unusual numbers. In 2013, the Falcons outscored opponents 361-259, numbers that were inflated by a 65-7 win against South Rowan and a 55-0 romp against Salisbury.
In 2014, the Falcons outscored opponents 355-354. In yardage, the Falcons were outrushed and outpassed by opponents, so 8-5 was a pretty amazing achievement.
• Coach Scott Young finished the season with 172 wins in 17 seasons. S.W. Lancaster’s 183 wins at J.C. Price has been the record in Rowan County for half a century.
Mike London: 704-707-4259; twitter.com/mikelondonpost3