Friday Night Recap Week 7

Friday Night Spotlight Game of the Week

#2 Charlotte Catholic 42, #7 Weddington 6

Charlotte Catholic stomped all over Weddington Thursday night. After their first 6 drives of the game, the Cougars lead 35-0. The game was a blowout by all accords. Charlotte Catholic hangs their hat on pounding the running game and their vaunted defense; both were on full display against Weddington. Senior RB Milan Howard led the way for the Charlotte Catholic backfield carrying the ball 11 times for 116 yards and TDs. He also caught two passes for 60 yards. Overall, Cougar ball-carriers handled the ball 45 times for 297 yards and 4 scores. Obviously, we struck out picking this as the game of the week, so we’re going to call an audible and bring you a more fitting game of the week. It’s the Friday Night Spotlight, we should know better than choosing a Thursday Night game.

 

Should’ve Been Friday Night Game of the Week

#10 Page 20, #13 East Forsyth 19

We should’ve known the Page Pirates have a knack for making big games interesting. They’ve been featured twice already in our Game of the Week columns and haven’t disappointed yet. Each time they used late heroics to pull out massive wins in the 4th Quarter against more than formidable opponents. This week’s victim: East Forsyth High School. To make matters worse, it was the Eagles Homecoming.

 

Like most Page games, their opponent sprang out to an early lead. East Forsyth blocked a punt out the back of the end zone for a safety to get the scoreboard working. After the safety free-kick, the Eagles took the ball downfield and connected on a 43-yard TD pass from Brandon Bullins to Jarel Henry to give the Eagles the 9-0 advantage after the first quarter. In the second quarter, East Forsyth extended their lead on a pick-6 by Junior Safety Khalid Martin to push the margin to 16-0. Page would break the scoreboard seal with a Thomas Murray FG at the end of the half (16-3 EF). At least homecoming ceremonies went down with fans in good spirit.

 

Whatever Page Head Coach Jared Rolfes said to his defense at halftime worked. “Our defense continues to be, in my opinion, the best defense in the state. It continues to carry us.,” Rolfes said after the game.

Carry the Pirates they did. In the second half, the East Forsyth offense was stuffed. The Eagles only mustered 3 points in the second half. The Eagles were only in field goal range due to a 60-yard kickoff return that was kept out of the end zone by the Page Kicker Murray.

 

With Page’s defense doing its signature second-half hold-and-fold job, DeVondre Paige went to work. The Sophomore QB connected with Assad Alston for a 4-yard TD pass to score the Pirates first TD with 2:15 left in the 3rd Quarter to cut the East Forsyth lead to 16-10. In the 4th Quarter, Paige threw his third interception of the game but didn’t let it phase him. Per usual, the Page defense got the ball back with no damage done. The Pirates then marched downfield on an 8-play, 62-yard drive that Paige delivered to the end zone personally via 3-yard run. After the Murray PAT, the Pirates took their first lead of the game 17-16.

 

East Forsyth’s previously mentioned big play of the 2nd half came on the ensuing kickoff. Even then, the Page defense was relentless. The Eagles had to settle for a Cameron Lischke 28-yard FG to retake the lead 19-20 with 1:19 remaining in the game. It was at that point, Page’s Rolfes admitted after the game that he said to Offensive Coordinator Antonio Hall, “Go ahead man, I’m not doing a very good job.”  Rolfes credited the OC, “… he[Hall] called every one of those plays on the last drive.”  On that final drive, JaVondre Paige connected with Naseem Alston for 20 yards and then Nick Baker for 38. On the 38-yarder, East Forsyth was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty put the Pirates on the Eagle 7-yard line. From there, the game was in Kicker Thomas Murray’s boot. With 12 seconds left, Murray drilled the 23-yard attempt like it was a layup to ultimately give Page the 20-19 victory.

 

Page (6-1) will take the next week off, but resume their quest to a state title by spoiling another homecoming October 13th at conference foe Northwest Guilford (3-4). East Forsyth will have to regroup quickly against cross-county rival #5 West Forsyth (6-0) in Kernersville Friday.


Top 25 Rundown

4A

School (Record)

Score

Week 7 Opponent

1 Mallard Creek (6-0) 34-3 at Lake Norman
2 Wake Forest (6-0) BYE
3 Heritage (6-0) BYE
4 Harding Uni. (6-1) 46-23 vs #14 Providence
5 West Forsyth (6-0) 43-23 at NW Guilford
6 Scotland (4-1) 57-20 at Purnell Swett
7 Hoggard (6-0) 44-13 vs Laney
8 Glenn (6-0) 19-13 vs Ragsdale
9 Myers Park (6-0) 21-0 at Rocky River
10 Page (6-1) 20-19 at #13 East Forsyth
11 D.W. Butler (4-1) 40-17 vs Porter Ridge
12 West Mecklenburg (5-2) 21-7 at Ardrey Kell
13 East Forsyth (4-2) 19-20 vs #10 Page
14 Providence (4-3) 23-46 at #4 Harding University
15 Cardinal Gibbons (6-0) 31-9 vs Riverside-Durham
16 North Mecklenburg (6-0) 19-6 at West Charlotte
17 Z.B. Vance (4-2) 47-0 vs Hopewell
18 Richmond (4-2) 28-7 vs #23 Pinecrest
19 Seventy-First (5-1) 62-0 at Hoke County
20 Hickory Ridge (6-0) 45-0 vs Garinger
21 Sanderson (5-2) 20-17 at Leesville Road
22 Middle Creek (4-2) BYE
23 Pinecrest (3-3) 7-28 at #18 Richmond
24 Davie (3-3) BYE
25 Hough (4-2) 45-10 at Mooresville

 

3A

School (Record)

Score

Week 7 Opponent

1 Dudley (5-1) 6-34 at SW Guilford
2 Charlotte Catholic (6-0) 42-6 at #7 Weddington
3 Lee County (6-0) 56-0 vs 2A Cummings
4 New Hanover (6-0) 49-0 vs Topsail
5 Mount Tabor (5-2) 56-0 at Western Guilford
6 Marvin Ridge (6-0) 51-7 vs Monroe
7 Weddington (4-2) 6-42 vs #2 Charlotte Catholic
8 Cape Fear (6-1) 52-0 vs Douglas Byrd
9 Southern Nash (5-1) BYE
10 Crest (4-2) 40-13 vs Stuart Cramer
11 Western Alamance (6-0) 49-0 at Morehead
12 A.L. Brown (5-1) BYE
13 Havelock (5-1) BYE
14 Jacksonville (5-1) 72-30 at 2A Hertford County
15 SE Guilford (5-1) BYE
16 Sun Valley (5-1) 61-13 at Parkwood
17 Kings Mountain (5-1) 56-20 vs North Gaston
18 Terry Sanford (5-1) 48-15 vs Gray’s Creek
19 D.H. Conley (5-1) BYE
20 Clayton (5-0) BYE
21 Eastern Alamance (6-0) 42-7 at Person
22 A.C. Reynolds (6-1) 37-0 at Tuscola
23 Eastern Guilford (5-2) 53-0 at Southwest Randolph
24 West Carteret (5-1) BYE
25 Hillside (2-3) BYE

 

2A

School (Record)

Score

Week 7 Opponent

1 South Point (6-0) 35-13 vs 3A Ashbrook
2 Shelby (5-1) BYE
3 Reidsville (7-0) 60-20 vs T.W. Andrews
4 East Duplin (7-0) 81-6 vs Spring Creek
5 Northeastern (6-0) 49-22 vs Cent. VA Disciples
6 Wallace-Rose Hill (5-1) 53-6 at Midway
7 North Davidson (5-1) 52-0 vs West Davidson
8 Hibriten (6-0) BYE
9 Franklin (6-0) 54-0 vs (SC) Carolina Wildcats
10 Mountain Heritage (5-0) BYE
11 South Columbus (6-0) 49-13 vs St. Pauls
12 East Bladen (5-1) 47-0 vs 1A West Columbus
13 Pisgah (4-2) BYE
14 Hendersonville (4-2) BYE
15 Newton-Conover (5-1) 55-7 at Brandys
16 Mount Pleasant (4-2) BYE
17 Randleman (5-1) 49-7 at Providence Grove
18 South Granville (6-0) 51-6 vs Southern Vance
19 Kinston (7-0) 42-26 vs Greene Central
20 SW Edgecombe (5-1) 54-21 at Currituck County
21 Nash Central (5-1) BYE
22 Patton (5-2) 14-3 at Draughn
23 Maiden (6-0) 27-13 at West Lincoln
24 Ledford Sr. (5-1) 13-7 vs Lexington Sr.
25 Clinton (2-3) BYE

 

1A

School (Record)

Score

Week 7 Opponent

1 Tarboro (7-0) 61-0 vs Jones Sr.
2 Murphy (6-1) 49-24 at Andrews
3 J.A. Holmes (5-1) BYE
4 Mount Airy (6-0) BYE
5 East Wilkes (5-0) 60-13 vs 2A West Wilkes
6 Mitchell (6-0) BYE
7 North Rowan (5-1) 20-19 vs South Stanly
8 Bessemer City (6-0) 49-13 at Highland SOT
9 North Stanly (5-1) 58-6 vs Chatham Central
10 East Carteret (5-1) 48-30 at 2A Croatan
11 Polk County (4-1) 7-25 at 2A East Rutherford
12 North Duplin (5-0) 28-0 at Granville Central
13 Cherokee (6-0) 45-7 at #19 Swain County
14 Robbinsville (4-2) 38-12 at Rosman
15 Northampton County (6-1) 32-24 at North Edgecombe
16 Southside (4-3) 22-29 at Pamlico
17 East Surry (3-3) BYE
18 T.J.C.A. (6-0) 40-8 vs Pine Lake Prep.
19 Swain County (2-4) 7-45 vs #13 Cherokee
20 Manteo (5-1) BYE
21 West Montgomery (4-2) 55-0 vs South Davidson
22 Lakewood (5-1) BYE
23 Mountain Is. Charter (4-2) 28-21 vs #25 Union Acadamy
24 Princeton (4-2) 50-53 at 3A Swansboro
25 Union Academy (4-2) 21-28 at #23 Mnt. Is. Charter

 

*Legend* Red= “Upset” Loss, Pink= “Upset” Win, Green= Loss to team of higher classificationBlue= Win vs team of higher classification


Down goes #1 Dudley! In a weekend characterized by shutouts and blowouts, there were only two upsets. Pamlico County took down 1A #11 Southside 29-22 at home and 3A #1 Dudley was thrashed at Southwest Guilford 34-6. Dudley’s unfortunate rash of injuries recently finally came to haunt as miscues early and often led to the demise of Dudley’s perfect season hopes. It all started with a fumble loss but quickly manifested into on onslaught. They’ll look to get their title train back on track Friday at home against rival Ben L. Smith.

Other than those two upsets, Week 7 was relatively uneventful. Out of the 67 games played by Top 25 teams, only 8 were within one possession at the final whistle. We’ve officially hit the conference schedule. Most weeks should be like this moving forward. Of course, there will be some trap games along the way. Upsets are still to be expected, just not at the same clip we’ve seen in the first half of the season.


Games of Week 7

4A

14 Providence (4-3) 23
4 Harding University (6-1) 46
10 Page (6-1) 20
13 East Forsyth (4-2) 19
23 Pinecrest (3-3) 7
18 Richmond (4-2) 28

3A

1 Dudley (5-1) 6
SW Guilford (5-2) 34
2 Charlotte Catholic (6-0) 42
7 Weddington (4-2) 6
vs Stuart Cramer (3-3) 13
10 Crest (4-2) 40

2A

None


1A

13 Cherokee (6-0) 45
19 Swain County (2-4) 7
25 Union Academy (4-2) 21
23 Mountain Is. Charter (4-2) 28

Players of Week

QB/WR Combo-  Ashe County, Jr. Luke Hudler/ Sr. Grant Thompson – 24-45 401 Yds., 5 Total TD/ 12 Rec., 196 Yds., TD

QB/WR Combo- Terry Sanford, Sr. Christian Jayne/ Sr. Andrew Jayne- 7-10 169 Yds., 3 Total TD/ 5 Rec., 156 Yds., TD

RB- Scotland County, Sr., Zamir White (Georgia) – 11 Car., 244 Yds., 6 TD

DEF- Bessemer City, So., Kiantai Degree – 11 Total Tackles, 7 TFL, 5 Sacks

DEF- Concord, Sr., Drew Balsbough- 4 Sacks

K- Page, Sr., Thomas Murray – 23-yard GW FG, 2/2 FGA, Game-saving tackle

 

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