Union County football: Week 3 breakdown

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Weddington High puts its 2-0 record on the line tonight with a trip to A.L. Brown in a matchup of two strong programs.
Union County's eight-game schedule includes three intra-county games: Monroe at Cuthbertson, Parkwood at Piedmont and Union Academy at Central Academy.
Here's a closer look at tonight's matchups involving UC teams:

Monroe (2-0) at Cuthbertson (2-0)
Last year's meeting: Monroe 41, Cuthbertson 24
Streaks and trends: The Redhawks are 4-0 all-time against the Cavaliers, but two of the four meetings have been decided by six points or less. Cuthbertson is 2-0 for the first time in the school history.
Noteworthy: Cavs senior linebacker Justin Shanahan and sophomore tackle Dyanta Caldwell each have two fumble recoveries this season. Redhawks tailback Tre'Shun Wynn and junior RB Chase Byrum share the team lead with three rushing touchdowns.
What they're saying: "They're athletic and big, and they're just as advertised," said Cavs coach David Johnson. "They run the ball very well and they've got athletes on the perimeter that can really hurt you. We definitely have our hands full."

Parkwood (1-1) at Piedmont (1-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Rebels and Panthers are meeting for the first time since 2010, when Piedmont rolled to a 40-0 victory. Parkwood has a chance to own a winning record for the first time since 2008.
Noteworthy: Parkwood junior defensive back Max Robinson leads Union County with four interceptions. Panthers linebacker Rhett Byrum has a team-high two sacks.
What they're saying: "Piedmont's a quality opponent," said Rebels coach Lynn Coble. "We tried to keep the front end of our schedule very competitive. We wanted to see good teams to get us ready once we get into conference. Piedmont does some good things on both sides of the ball. They're physical, so we have to make sure we match that physicality."

Union Academy (0-1) at Central Academy (1-1)
Last year's meeting: Union Academy 47, CATA 7
Streaks and trends: The archrivals have split their four career meetings, including two that have been decided by two points or less. UA is searching for its first victory under rookie head coach Brad Hoover.
Noteworthy: Cardinals senior lineman Will Walters had 12 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in last Friday's 42-7 loss to Parkwood. Cougars junior running back DeShawn Morrison ranks third in UC with 217 rushing yards. He also has two touchdowns and 32 tackles.
What they're saying: "We know (UA) ran into a much-improved Parkwood team last week, so that loss is very deceiving," said CATA coach Tad Baucom. "They've got some size up front and some quick players on the outside, so we aren't taking them lightly. Both teams have a lot of players going both ways, so the humidity could be a factor. It's our biggest rival. I know our guys are excited about it and I'm sure their guys are, too."

Providence (1-1) at Porter Ridge (1-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Tonight marks the first-ever meeting between the Pirates and Panthers. Both teams dropped their season-openers before rebounding with a win last Friday.
Noteworthy: Providence is led by head coach Justin Hardin, who is the twin brother of former Pirates coach Blair Hardin. Justin Hardin was the head coach at Weddington in 2009 and 2010. Providence features two North Carolina commits in senior tackle Bentley Spain (6-6, 275) and senior receiver Austin Proehl (5-10, 170). Pirates senior linebacker Nick Vagnone leads Union County with 35 tackles through two games.

Weddington (2-0) at A.L. Brown (1-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Warriors and Wonders are meeting for just the second time in history. The first matchup came in the second round of the 2011 state playoffs, when A.L. Brown recorded a 41-20 win.
Noteworthy: The Warriors have started 2-0 for the fourth straight year. WHS senior tailback Omar Boyd ranks second in the county with 252 yards on the ground. A.L. Brown started the season with a 33-20 loss to archrival Concord, but bounced back with a 41-6 road victory over South Rowan last week.

Forest Hills (0-2) at Pageland Central (1-0)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The two programs are facing off for the first time since 2009, when Pageland pulled out a 18-15 win. Forest Hills hasn't beaten Pageland since 2005.
Noteworthy: The Eagles opened the season with a 30-0 win over Airborne for Christ last Friday. Forest Hills has losses to Anson County (33-20) and Weddington (42-12). The Yellow Jackets are led defensively by senior Tyrus Huntley, who has a team-high 14 tackles.

Sun Valley (1-1) at Rocky River (1-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Both teams bounced back last Friday after losing their season-openers. Sun Valley held on for a 40-35 victory over Hoke County while Rocky River recorded a 26-8 win over South Meck.
Noteworthy: Spartans junior tailback Albert Funderburk, who has an offer from Duke University, leads Union County with 407 rushing yards in two games. Senior linebacker Danny Dunning leads Rocky River's defense with 19 tackles, including four for loss.
What they're saying: "After looking at (Rocky River) on film, they held their own against Richmond County and then they showed a lot of athleticism on offense and defense against South Meck last week," said Spartans coach Paul Hall. "Their offense moved up and down the field. They've got some guys that can dual-threat you. They throw it around a little bit and they run the ball well, too"

Marvin Ridge (0-1) at Ardrey Kell (1-1)
Last year's meeting: Ardrey Kell 31, Marvin Ridge 21
Streaks and trends: The Mavericks are 3-1 all-time against the Knights, but all four meetings have been decided by 10 points or less. Marvin Ridge is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start in school history.
Noteworthy: Mavs senior receiver Jacob Henderson had four catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns in his team's loss to West Montgomery in the opener on Aug. 23 and Mavs senior Ben Leggett recorded a career-high 16 tackles.