Three intra-county games highlight Week 2

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

Three intracounty matchups highlight Week 2 of the high school football schedule.
Porter Ridge travels to Piedmont, Weddington is at Forest Hills and Parkwood plays at Union Academy.
Piedmont and Weddington are looking to go 2-0 while Porter Ridge, Forest Hills and Parkwood are searching for their first win.
Union Academy is opening the 2013 season after a bye last Friday.

Here's a closer look at tonight's contests:

Porter Ridge (0-1) at Piedmont (1-0)
Last year's meeting: Porter Ridge 58, Piedmont 7
Streaks and trends: The Pirates have won the last four meetings with the Panthers, including the last three by a combined score of 163-37. Piedmont's last win in the series came in 2008.
Noteworthy: Piedmont junior quarterback Cameron Tripp threw for a touchdown and ran for two more in last Saturday's 37-20 win over Hickory Ridge. Junior receiver A.J. Barrett had a team-high four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in his first career starter for Porter Ridge, which lost on a last-second field goal to Mount Tabor (26-24).

Weddington (1-0) at Forest Hills (0-1)
Last year's meeting: Weddington 47, Forest Hills 19
Streaks and trends: The Warriors have claimed four of the last six meetings, including the last three by a combined score of 131-46. Forest Hills defeated WHS in 2008 (32-31) and 2009 (42-21).
Noteworthy: Warriors senior running back Omar Boyd, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, rushed for 102 yards in his first career start in the backfield last week. Forest Hills senior receiver BJ Ashcraft had three catches for 65 yards last Friday, including a 20-yard TD grab in the first quarter.

Parkwood (0-1) at Union Academy (0-0)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Although the schools are just 10 miles apart, the Rebels and Cardinals are meeting for the first time ever.
Noteworthy: Union Academy is beginning a new era under first-year head coach Brad Hoover, who spent a decade in the NFL as the starting fullback for the Carolina Panthers. Parkwood is coming off a 24-14 loss to Cuthbertson last week, but held the Cavs to just three points in the second half. The Rebels committed six turnovers.
What they're saying:  "We put in a lot of time in the offseason to strive to be better than we've been in the past, and I think it showed," said Rebels senior QB Grey Wyrick of last week's performance. "We just shot ourselves in the foot too many times and we have to clean that up this week."

Anson (1-0) at Monroe (1-0)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Redhawks are seeking their first 2-0 start since 2009. Monroe and Anson County haven't met since 2006, when the Bearcats rolled to a 42-10 victory.
Noteworthy: Monroe senior LB Ashad Byrd had a team-high eight tackles and a tackle for loss in last week's 41-7 win at Lexington. Byrd now has 215 tackles and 42 tackles for loss since the start of the 2011 season. Anson had two backs eclipse 100 rushing yards last Friday: Brandon Smith (8-127) and Jekev Robinson (13-112).

Hoke County (0-1) at Sun Valley (0-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Both teams had single-digit losses in their openers last week.  Charlotte Christian held on for a 28-19 victory over SV while Ashley recorded a 14-7 win over Hoke County.
Noteworthy: Sun Valley junior tailback Albert Funderburk, who has a scholarship offer from Duke, scored on a 84-yard reception and a 3-yard run in last Thursday's loss. Spartans senior quarterback Ryan Tapp went 6-of-17 for 172 yards in his first career start.
What they're saying: "Hoke County's a solid, athletic team and they've got some big guys up front," said Spartans first-year coach Pall Hall. "They lost last week, but they had seven fumbles and lost six of them. It's going to be a good, challenging game and I think it will come down to who can execute and doesn't make mistakes."

Cuthbertson (1-0) at Hickory Ridge (0-1)
Last year's meeting: Cuthbertson 16, Hickory Ridge 14
Streaks and trends: The Cavaliers knocked off the Ragin' Bulls 16-14 last year. Hickory Ridge went on to win 10 straight and claim the South Piedmont 3A Conference title. Cuthbertson is seeking a 2-0 start for the first time in school history.
Noteworthy: Cuthbertson senior four-year starter Ryan Kendall is moving back to receiver after starting at QB in last Friday's win over Parkwood. Senior QB Stephen Fusco was on a trip out of the country, but is expected to line up under center tonight.
What they're saying: "They've had a winning program the last couple of years, so we know we have to be ready to play," said Kendall. "We know they like to run the option and they're very fundamentally sound."

Central Academy (0-1) at Highland Tech (0-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: CATA dropped a 14-0 decision to North Stanly in its opener last week while Highland Tech suffered a 26-12 loss to Victory Christian. This marks the first-ever meeting between the Cougars and Rams.
Noteworthy: Cougars senior Lane Butler and junior DeShawn Morrison each had two tackles for loss last Friday. Morrison had a career-high 17 tackles. CATA also got a sack from Butler, junior Naim Donaldson, senior Xavier Hamilton and senior Joe Gagatch.