Friday Night Recap 8/25/17

QMS Game of the Week: #4 Heritage 47 @ #8 Middle Creek 27

Apex was electric Friday night as the Middle Creek Mustangs hosted the Heritage Huskies. Both teams took care of business in last week and both came into the game 1-0. The matchup pitted the #8 and #4 teams, respectively, in MaxPreps.com’s most recent Top 25 for the 4A classification. Each team features a high-powered offense that can put points on the board from anywhere on the field. That was evident Friday night. Pre-season All-State Athlete and N.C. State commit Ricky Person started the scorefest for Heritage, punching in a touchdown from 3-yards out. Pre-season #3 QB in the state Gunnar Holmberg pushed the Huskie lead to 14-0 after a 22-yard strike to Devin Grant. The Duke commit would connect with Grant for two more touchdowns throughout the game. One a short score, the other a 68-yard bomb. Down 7-27 late in the 3rd Quarter, Middle Creek started to rally. A 12-yard Rasheed “Cash Money” Martin touchdown reception followed quickly by a Jordan Mitchell touchdown reception suddenly cut the lead down to a six-point defect early in the 4th. Heritage’s Holmberg answered the rally with a rushing score of his own to push the lead to 33-26. On the very next drive, Middle Creek was able to strike quick, on an Andrew Ihle 32-yard TD pass to Mitchell to cut the lead back within one possession. Then with 3:30 to go in the game, Ricky Person took over and put the Mustangs out of their misery. On a draw play to the left, Person went untouched until he got into the second level where he shed one tackle and was to the house for a 63-yard demoralizer. He put the nail in the coffin minutes later as he punched in a third touchdown to bring the final score to 47-27. Holmberg finished the evening 15-26 on pass attempts with 240 yards through the air and three touchdowns and an interception, he also added 30 yards and a touchdown rushing. Person carried the ball 26 times for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Grant hauled in only four passes; however, three were for touchdowns and he amassed 104 yards. Next Friday Heritage (2-0) plays at home against Millbrook (1-1), and Middle Creek (1-1) tries to recover on the road at top team in the state Wake Forest.

 

Top 25 Rundown

4A Team Score Opponent
1 Wake Forest 38-13 @ Richmond
2 West Forsyth (Clemmons) 68-6 vs 2A Carver
3 East Forsyth (Kernersville) 17-21 @3A #9 Mount Tabor
4 Heritage (Wake Forest) 47-27 @ #8 Middle Creek
5 Page (Greensboro) 38-27 vs 3A Northern Guilford
6 Davie (Mocksville) 7-28 @ 2A #8 North Davidson
7 Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 42-9 vs #12 D.W. Butler
8 Middle Creek (Apex) 27-47 vs #4 Heritage
9 Sanderson (Raleigh) 34-7 vs 3A Knightsdale
10 West Mecklenburg (Charlotte) 36-6 vs West Charlotte
11 Scotland (Laurinburg) 34-21 @ 3A #11 Hillside
12 D.W. Butler (Matthews) 9-42 @#7 Mallard Creek
13 Glenn (Kernersville) 52-0 vs 2A Walkertown
14 Harding University (Charlotte) 48-0 @ Garinger
15 Z.B. Vance (Charlotte) 55-0 vs 3A #6 Monroe
16 Pinecrest (Southern Pines) 42-6 vs 3A Gray’s Creek
17 Hoggard (Wilmington) 26-6 @ 3A #16 Orange
18 Northwest Guilford (Greensboro) 53-26 vs 3A West Guilford
19 Leesville Road (Raleigh) 38-16 @ Panther Creek
20 Myers Park (Charlotte) 23-20 @ #23 Ardrey Kell
21 Providence (Charlotte) 31-27 vs #24 Hough
22 Seventy-First (Fayetteville) 14-15 @3A #3 Cape Fear
23 Ardrey Kell (Charlotte) 20-23 vs #20 Myers Park
24 Hough (Cornelius) 27-31 @ #21 Providence
25 Porter Ridge (Indian Trail) 44-7 @3A Piedmont

 

 

3A Team Score Opponent
1 Charlotte Catholic 44-0 @ 4A South Mecklenburg
2 Dudley (Greensboro) 74-21 @ 4A Ragsdale
3 Cape Fear (Fayetteville) 15-14 vs 4A #21 Seventy-First
4 A.C. Reynolds (Asheville) 8-29 @ 2A #1 Shelby
5 Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville) 50-7 vs Cedar Ridge
6 Monroe 0-55 @ 4A #16 Z.B. Vance
7 Havelock 48-19 @ 4A New Bern (Rival)
8 Western Alamance (Elon) 35-3 @ W.M. Williams (Rival)
9 Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem) 21-17 vs 4A #3 East Forsyth
10 Weddington (Matthews) BYE
11 Hillside (Durham) 21-34 @ 4A #11 Scotland
12 Southern Nash (Bailey) 48-0 vs 2A #14 Nash Central
13 Southeast Guilford (Greensboro) 11-6 vs B.L. Smith
14 Huss (Gastonia) 33-0 vs Cox Mill
15 Sun Valley (Monroe) 59-22 @ 2A #21 Anson
16 Orange (Hillsborough) 6-26 vs 4A #17 Hoggard
17 Rocky Mount 43-60 vs #21 D.H. Conley
18 Tuscola (Waynesville) BYE
19 A.L. Brown (Kannapolis) 14-35 vs #25 Marvin Ridge
20 Lee County (Sanford) 45-0 @ 4A Holly Springs
21 D.H. Conley (Greenville) 60-43 @ #17 Rocky Mount
22 South Iredell (Statesville) 56-14 @ 2A West Iredell
23 Northside (Jacksonville) 6-34 @ New Hanover
24 West Carteret (Morehead City) 37-21 @ 1A #13 East Carteret
25 Marvin Ridge (Waxhaw) 35-14 @ #19 A.L. Brown

 

2A Team Score Opponent
1 Shelby 29-8 vs 3A #4 A.C. Reynolds
2 South Point (Belmont) 59-6 @ Lincolnton
3 Wallace-Rose Hill (Teachey) 49-7 @ Southwest Onslow
4 East Duplin (Beulaville) 27-26 @ 3A Jacksonville
5 Northeastern (Elizabeth City) 40-28 @ (VA) 5A #7 Norview
6 Hibriten (Lenoir) 55-0 @ 3A West Caldwell
7 Clinton 16-35 vs #16 East Bladen
8 North Davidson (Lexington) 28-7 vs 4A #6 Davie
9 Reidsville 58-7 @ 3A McMichael
10 West Craven (Vanceboro) 20-31 vs 4A South Central
11 Hendersonville 29-28 @ 3A West Henderson (Rival)
12 Mountain Heritage (Burnsville) 55-13 vs 3A Erwin
13 Franklin 28-21 vs 1A #2 Murphy
14 Nash Central (Rocky Mount) 0-48 @ 3A #12 Southern Nash
15 South Columbus (Tabor City) 34-7 vs 3A Douglas Byrd
16 East Bladen (Elizabethtown) 35-16 @ #7 Clinton
17 Mount Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant) 27-24 @ 3A Northwest Cabarrus
18 Hertford County (Ahoskie) 27-22 @ 3A Hunt
19 South Granville (Creedmoor) 21-7 @ 3A South Johnston
20 Pisgah (Canton) 35-0 vs 3A Enka
21 Anson (Wadesboro) 22-59 vs 3A #15 Sun Valley
22 Randleman 64-22 @ 3A Southwestern Randolph
23 Patton (Morganton) 64-29 vs R-S Central
24 East Lincoln (Denver) BYE
25 Brevard 27-12 vs 1A Roseman (Rival)

 

 

1A Team Score Opponent
1 Tarboro 48-0 @ 2A Washington
2 Murphy 21-28 @ 2A #13 Franklin
3 Mitchell (Bakersville) 27-14 vs Cannon
4 John A. Holmes (Edenton) 56-8 vs. (VA) Central Virginia Disciples
5 North Rowan (Spencer) 11-27 @ 3A West Rowan
6 West Montgomery (Mt. Gilead) 47-21 vs 2A Thomasville
7 Mount Airy 35-20 vs 2A West Stokes
8 Mountain Island Charter (Mt. Holly) 18-49 @ 3A Stuart Cramer
9 Lakewood (Roseboro) 44-0 vs Rocky Mount Prep
10 North Stanly (New London) 51-0 @ 2A CAT
11 Plymouth 13-28 vs #24 Riverside
12 Swain County (Bryson City) 35-16 vs 2A Smoky Mountain
13 East Carteret (Beaufort) 21-37 vs 3A #24 West Carteret
14 Polk County (Columbus) BYE
15 Cherokee 49-31 @ (MS) Choctaw Central
16 East Wilkes (Ronda) 52-14 @ 2A Surry Central
17 Southside (Chocowinity) 48-24 @ 2A Dixon
18 T.J.C. Academy (Mooresboro) 47-12 vs (SC) Greenwood Raptors
19 Robbinsville 61-0 vs (GA) North Georgia
20 North Edgecombe (Tarboro) 8-36 @ 2A Southwest Edgecombe
21 East Surry (Pilot Mountain) 39-20 vs Starmount
22 Pender (Burgaw) 6-34 vs 3A Topsail
23 Bessemer City 22-0 @ 2A East Gaston
24 Riverside (Williamston) 28-13 @ #11 Plymouth
25 Princeton 41-21 vs 2A Midway

 

Red= “Upset” Loss, Pink= “Upset” Win

Green= Loss to team of bigger classification, Blue= Win vs team of higher classification

 

NCHSAA classifications clearly mean nothing to the little guys. 2A #1 Shelby looks like they could play with any 4A or 3A school in the state aside from Wake Forest. Knocking off 3A #4 A.C. Reynolds 29-8 will thrust you in the spotlight like that. In a dream North Carolina we would see Shelby get a crack at 3A powers Charlotte Catholic and Dudley or maybe 4A’s Mallard Creek or Sanderson, till then we can only speculate. Don’t let the small-school love end there, South Point might have something to say about that. The Red Raiders have a legitimate squad again this season and certainly have eyes on a 2A crown. We’ll get a good preview November 3rd, when they meet up in Belmont for the last game of the regular season. Most importantly don’t, tell the long-time small school football power house 2A Wallace-Rose Hill Bulldogs any of this. Year in and year out for decades now, they’re out to prove reclassification doesn’t change a thing.  Per all the colors in the Top 25 Rundown, the smaller schools for the most part were holding their own against the big boys in week 2. There’s good talent at those smaller schools and on any given Friday are ready to show out for crowd, at home or on the road.

Week 2 “Upsets”

  • 4A
    • #3 East Forsyth defeated 17-21 on the road against 3A #9 Mount Tabor
    • #6 Davie falls to 0-2 after losing 7-28 at 2A #8 North Davidson
    • #22 Seventy-First loses to Fayetteville cross town rival 3A #3 Cape Fear 14-15
    • #4 A.C. Reynolds 8-29 at 2A #1 Shelby
    • #17 Rocky Mount beat 43-60 at home to QB Holton Ahlers and #21 D.H Conley
    • #19 A.L. Brown lost at home 14-35 Marvin Ridge
    • #23 Northside 6-34 at New Hanover
  • 2A
    • #7 Clinton defeated 16-35 at home verses #16 East Bladen
  • 1A
    • #11 Plymouth 13, #24 Riverside 28

Games of the Week

  • 4A
    • #4 Heritage 47, #8 Middle Creek 27
    • #12 D.W.Butler 9, #7 Mallard Creek 42
    • #20 Myers Park 23, #23 Ardrey Kell 20
    • #24 Hough 27, #21 Providence 31
  • 3A
    • #4 A.C. Reynolds 8, 2A #1 Shelby 29
    • #17 Rocky Mount 43, #21 D.H. Conley 60
    • #25 Marvin Ridge 35, #19 A.L. Brown 14
  • 2A
    • #16 East Bladen 35, #7 Clinton 16
    • 1A #2 Murphy 21, #13 Franklin 28
  • 1A
    • #24 Riverside 28, #11 Plymouth 13

*Side Note* (QMS Rivaly) Rongy’s 3A Topsail Pirates defeat TreBab’s 1A #22 Pender Patriots 34-6

Players of the Week

QB- D.H. Conley, Sr., Holton Ahlers (ECU) – 24-34 369 Yds, 5 TD, 8 Car, 47 Yds, 1 TD

RB- Metrolina Christian Academy (Indian Trail), Sr., Ishod Finger – 21 Car, 312 Yds, 5 TD, 3 Rec, 76 Yds

WR- Northwest Guilford, Sr., Tre Turner (Virginia Tech) – 5 Rec., 248 Yds., 3 TD, 2 Car., 17 Yds., 1 TD

DEF- Northeastern, Jr., Traveon Freshwater – 4 Sacks, 14 Tackles, 7 Car, 104 Yds

DEF- High Point Central, Sr., DeAndre McBride – 3 INT, 1 TD

DEF- Union Academy, Sr., Jeremey Miller – 18 Solo Tackles, 26 Total

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