NC High School Football Week 12
The regular season of NC High School Football season has finally concluded. Week 12 was as great as advertised. Check out the action from around the top 25.
Spotlight: Game of the Week
#6 Heritage (10-1, 4-1) 14, #3 Wake Forest (11-0, 5-0) 38
With undefeated records and a conference championship on the line, Heritage and Wake Forest went to battle. Heritage scored first on a Ricky Person touchdown. Then the game turned sharply. Wake Forest reeled off 35 straight points to cruise to victory over their archrivals.
Devon Lawrence handled 16 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown. After the game, the senior running back announced his commitment to North Carolina. Marquis Dunn accounted for three Cougar touchdowns for 147 all-purpose yards. Seth Williams led Wake Forest with 14 total tackles.
Gunnar Holmberg and Ricky Person have had excellent seasons, but the Wake Forest defense was too much for the Heritage offense. Person accounted for both of Heritage’s touchdowns but was limited to 63 rushing yards on 21 carries. His lowest output of the season and only his second game all season under 180 rushing yards. Holmberg also put up season-low numbers. The Duke commit tossed for 102 yards and threw two interceptions on 13 for 20 passing.
With the win, Wake Forest claims the Northern 4A Conference Championship. They’ll enter the playoffs looking to defend their 4AA State Championship.
#8 West Forsyth (10-0, 5-0) 17, #5 Glenn (10-1, 4-1) 14
In another de facto conference championship game, West Forsyth capped off an undefeated season by beating formerly-undefeated Glenn in Kernersville.
Glenn took the lead early when Dysuan Razzak took a Stephon Brown pass 65 yards to the end zone. That would be the only score of the first half. After the break, West Forsyth notched the game at seven on a JaQuan McMillian nine-yard touchdown run. In the fourth, Matthew Harkley broke the tie with a 32-yard field goal to give West Forsyth a 10-7 lead.
Jaylon McMillion all but sealed the game for the Titans when he picked off Brown and returned it for a touchdown later in the quarter. “I was sitting on the sideline. My coach said every time we’re in a boundary call ‘screw,’” McMillon said. “‘Screw’” is when I come up, the safety gets back. They’ve been throwing hitches all day. … I jumped it, took off, next thing you know I scored.”
Under three minutes to play, the Bobcats cut the lead to three. Brown found Braxton Rorie in the end zone with a 39-yard touchdown pass with under three minutes to play. However, on the next possession, Glenn was unable to stop West Forsyth from moving the chains.
West Forsyth is Central Piedmont 4A Champions and figures to be highly seeded in the NCHSAA playoffs.
3A #5 New Hanover (10-1, 6-1) 7, #13 Hoggard (11-0, 7-0) 34
Wilmington’s most anticipated matchup of the season was a letdown. Though New Hanover is classified as a 3A high school, they don’t fool anyone. They still have the heart of a 4A powerhouse. Unfourtunly, the Hoggard Vikings knew better as well. Hoggard has been preparing for this battle of undefeated juggernauts all season long and Friday Night it all came to fruition. The Vikings took it to the cross-town rival Wildcats 34-7.
Hoggard QB Josh Jones led the way offensively for the Vikings. The senior completed 11 passes on 17 attempts for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Houser hauled in six of those passes for 104 yards and touchdown. Jones also ran for 80 yards on 16 carries. The Viking defense was stifling all night long. Daniel Eason, Brooks Carey, and Garrett Manning each recorded two tackles for loss; the defense unit had nine in total. Eason also forced a fumble that McKenzie Frazier scooped up and took to the end zone.
For New Hanover, star athlete Wiz Vaughn was held under 100-yards all-purpose for the first time this season. Hoggard fans can thank DB Isaiah Kemp for that. The senior followed Vaughn around the field all night long and won for the most part. Overall, the Wildcat offense struggled as a unit against the vaunted Viking defense. In total, New Hanover only managed 48 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Mideastern 3A/4A supremacy belongs to the undefeated Vikings. Both New Hanover and Hoggard should be tough outs in their respective playoff brackets.
#1 Charlotte Catholic (11-0, 7-0) 49, #2 Marvin Ridge (10-1, 6-1) 21
As they’ve done all season, Charlotte Catholic rolled again Friday Night. This time it happened to be over #2 Marvin Ridge for the Southern Carolina 3A Conference Title. At halftime, the Cougars were in complete control up 35-14. They would ultimately cruise to a 49-21 final.
Milian Howard led the way for the Charlotte Catholic offense. The senior RB carried the ball 14 times for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Walton completed five of his six pass attempts for 74 yards and two touchdowns, one to Holden Schachte and one to Garrett McKernan. On the other side of the ball, the Cougar defense was all over the place. Brian Jacobs (16), Adam Robbe (10), and Ty Foley (10) led the Charlotte Catholic defense in tackles.
Marvin Ridge had two runners eclipse 100 rushing yards (Caleb Deveaux: 17/100, Bryce McLain: 13/102), but the offense as a whole couldn’t match up with the firepower of Charlotte Catholic. On the evening, Deveaux and McLain were responsible for 80% of the Mavericks total yardage.
Next in line for Charlotte Catholic, a run at another state title.
#2 Shelby (9-2, 4-1) 15, #1 South Point (11-0, 5-0) 35
In the second matchup of one versus two, 2A powers Shelby and South Point met in Belmont with the Southwestern crown up for grabs. Last season, South Point won the 3A State Championship and Shelby won the 2AA State Championship. After reclassification, the two found themselves in the same conference.
South Point dominated throughout. On the first series, the Red Raiders forced a Shelby punt after three plays. During the punt, Mathew Robinson got a hand on the kick, recovered the football, and took the turnover 15 yards for a touchdown. On Shelby’s ensuing drive, South Point forced another three-and-out. Shelby managed to successfully kick the football away and the South Point offense took the field for their first possession of the game. Two plays later, the Red Raiders were in the end zone again. Fullback Jake Lawerence took a carry 56 yards to the house and the score.
After the game, Shelby coach Lance Ware gave all the credit to South Point. “We got out-coached and outplayed,” Ware said. “We didn’t play well at all, we had too many mistakes. Hats off to South Point.” The Golden-Lion head man added, “We flat out got beat, there’s no way to sugar coat it,” Shelby’s Ware said. “Hopefully this group will rebound and maybe will see them again down here (in the playoffs).”
As aforementioned, both teams are coming off state championships. Depending on how the brackets shake out, look for these two teams to meet up again late in the playoffs.
Top 25 Results
Week 12 Opponent
|1||Mallard Creek (11-0)||27-0||at Mooresville|
|2||Harding Uni. (10-1)||41-0||at Olympic|
|3||Wake Forest (11-0)||38-14||vs #6 Heritage|
|4||Scotland (9-1)||69-47||vs #19 Richmond|
|5||Glenn (10-1)||14-17||vs #8 West Forsyth|
|6||Heritage (10-1)||14-38||at #3 Wake Forest|
|7||D.W. Butler (8-2)||54-21||at East Mecklenburg|
|8||West Forsyth (11-0)||17-14||vs #5 Glenn|
|9||Myers Park (10-1)||10-0||at Independence|
|10||Providence (8-3)||42-12||vs South Mecklenburg|
|11||Page (10-1)||51-7||at Ragsdale|
|12||Z.B. Vance (8-3)||14-47||at #17 Hough|
|13||Hoggard (11-0)||34-7||vs 3A #5 New Hanover|
|14||West Mecklenburg (8-3)||73-8||vs POBAT|
|15||Hickory Ridge (9-2)||7-34||at #23 Porter Ridge|
|16||Cardinal Gibbons (11-0)||42-28||at Enloe|
|17||Hough (8-3)||47-14||vs #12 Z.B. Vance|
|18||East Forsyth (7-4)||43-8||vs R.J. Reynolds|
|19||Richmond (8-4)||47-69||at #4 Scotland|
|20||Seventy-First (8-3)||33-20||vs Jack Britt|
|21||Sanderson (8-3)||36-21||at SE Raleigh|
|22||North Mecklenburg (8-3)||51-17||at Lake Norman|
|23||Porter Ridge (7-4)||34-7||vs #15 Hickory Ridge|
|24||Green Hope (9-2)||53-20||at Panther Creek|
|25||Middle Creek (8-3)||24-28||vs Garner Magnet|
Week 12 Opponent
|1||Charlotte Catholic (11-0)||49-21||at #2 Marvin Ridge|
|2||Marvin Ridge (10-1)||21-49||vs #1 Charlotte Catholic|
|3||Western Alamance (11-0)||33-0||vs Northern Guilford|
|4||Dudley (9-2)||14-17||at #6 Mount Tabor|
|5||New Hanover (10-1)||7-34||at 4A #13 Hoggard|
|6||Mount Tabor (9-2)||17-14||vs #4 Dudley|
|7||Southern Nash (10-1)||60-7||vs Franklinton|
|8||Havelock (10-1)||42-38||vs #9 Jacksonville|
|9||Jacksonville (9-2)||38-42||at #8 Havelock|
|10||Weddington (8-3)||45-0||vs Cuthbertson|
|11||Clayton (10-0)||51-0||vs West Johnston|
|12||Sun Valley (8-3)||35-0||vs Piedmont|
|13||Lee County (11-0)||24-3||vs Southern Lee|
|14||Kings Mountain (10-1)||38-14||at #17 Crest|
|15||Terry Sanford (10-1)||35-27||at #23 E.E. Smith|
|16||A.C. Reynolds (10-1)||56-34||at T.C. Roberson|
|17||Crest (7-4)||14-38||vs #14 Kings Mountain|
|18||J.M. Robinson (9-2)||54-33||vs Central Cabarrus|
|19||Eastern Guilford (9-2)||42-10||at Southern Guilford|
|20||Cape Fear (8-3)||BYE|
|21||D.H. Conley (10-1)||78-43||at 4A South Central|
|22||A.L. Brown (9-2)||14-12||vs Concord|
|23||E.E. Smith (8-3)||27-35||vs #15 Terry Sanford|
|24||South Iredell (9-2)||51-14||vs Jesse Carson|
|25||Eastern Alamance (9-2)||55-0||vs McMichael|
Week 12 Opponent
|1||South Point (11-0)||35-15||vs #2 Shelby|
|2||Shelby (9-2)||15-35||at #1 South Point|
|3||Reidsville (11-0)||50-0||vs Graham|
|4||East Duplin (11-0)||41-21||at Clinton|
|5||Wallace-Rose Hill (9-1)||34-10||at James Kenan|
|6||Hibriten (11-0)||35-0||vs Patton|
|7||Northeastern (11-0)||52-0||at Pasquotank|
|8||Mountain Heritage (10-0)||56-7||at Avery County|
|9||North Davidson (10-1)||22-10||at #20 Ledford Sr.|
|10||Franklin (11-0)||45-21||at Smoky Mountain|
|11||Mount Pleasant (9-2)||61-7||at West Stanly|
|12||South Granville (11-0)||49-0||vs J.F. Webb|
|13||South Columbus (10-1)||14-47||vs #22 Whiteville|
|14||Maiden (11-0)||28-21||at Lincolnton|
|15||Newton-Conover (9-2)||39-21||vs East Lincoln|
|17||Hendersonville (8-3)||48-7||at East Henderson|
|18||East Bladen (10-1)||48-12||vs West Bladen|
|19||SW Edgecombe (9-2)||7-10||vs Beddingfield|
|20||Ledford Sr. (8-2)||10-22||vs #9 North Davidson|
|21||Nash Central (9-2)||63-26||vs North Johnston|
|22||Whiteville (10-1)||47-14||at #13 South Columbus|
|23||SW Onslow (8-3)||43-14||vs Heide Trask|
|24||East Rutherford (7-4)||43-7||vs East Gaston|
|25||Pisgah (6-5)||33-18||vs Brevard|
Week 12 Opponent
|1||Tarboro (11-0)||49-2||vs South Creek|
|2||J.A. Holmes (10-1)||70-7||vs Perquimans|
|3||Mount Airy (11-0)||31-21||at #10 East Surry|
|4||Mitchell (10-1)||49-7||at C.D. Owen|
|5||East Wilkes (8-2)||13-37||vs Wilkes Central|
|6||North Stanly (10-1)||49-0||at South Stanly|
|7||Cherokee (9-1)||12-35||vs #8 Murphy|
|8||Murphy (9-2)||35-12||at #7 Cherokee|
|9||T.J.C.A. (10-1)||24-30||at #25 Union Academy|
|10||East Surry (7-4)||21-31||vs #3 Mount Airy|
|11||North Duplin (11-0)||42-7||vs Hobbton|
|12||Bessemer City (10-1)||14-8||vs Cherryville|
|13||Swain County (7-4)||41-14||vs Carolina Gladiators|
|14||West Montgomery (9-2)||30-6||at Albemarle|
|15||North Rowan (8-3)||49-0||vs South Davidson|
|16||Manteo (8-3)||0-6||vs Plymouth|
|17||Polk County (7-4)||42-24||vs Madison|
|18||Northampton County (10-1)||46-0||vs Weldon|
|19||Mountain Is. Charter (8-3)||66-15||vs HSoT|
|20||Starmount (6-5)||30-0||vs Ashe County|
|21||Robbinsville (7-4)||49-25||vs Andrews|
|22||Lakewood (9-2)||28-0||vs Union|
|23||East Carteret (7-4)||2-0||vs Lejeune|
|24||Elkin (5-6)||39-0||vs Alleghany|
|25||Union Academy (7-4)||30-24||vs #9 TJCA|
*Legend* BOLD= Game of the Week, Red= “Upset” Loss, Pink= “Upset” Win, Green= Loss to team of higher classification, Blue= Win vs team of higher classification
“Upsets” of the Week
- #8 West Forsyth 17, #5 Glenn 14
- #12 Z.B. Vance 14, #17 Hough 47
- #15 Hickory Ridge 7, #23 Porter Ridge 34
- Garner Magnet 28, #25 Middle Creek 24
- #4 Dudley 14, #6 Mount Tabor 17
- #22 Whiteville 47, #13 South Columbus 14
- Beddingfield 10, #19 SW Edgecombe 7
- #8 Murphy 35, #7 Cherokee 12
- #9 T.J.C.A. 24, #25 Union Academy 30
Undefeated Regular Seasons
- Mallard Creek
- Wake Forest
- West Forsyth
- Cardinal Gibbons
- Charlotte Catholic
- Western Alamance
- Lee County
- South Point
- East Duplin
- Mountain Heritage
- South Granville
- Mount Airy
- North Duplin