Union County football: Week 5 roundup
Sun Valley 42, Porter Ridge 28
INDIAN TRAIL - Trailing by 14 in the third quarter, Sun Valley High finished with 28 unanswered points to beat archrival Porter Ridge for the time since 2008.
The Spartans racked up 465 yards of offense and the defense intercepted three passes.
The biggest turnover of the game was with less than five minutes in the fourth quarter and the Spartans clinging to a 35-28 lead. The Pirates had a second-and-goal at the 2 when senior linebacker Corey Plesher picked off a pass 3 yards deep in his end zone and ran it out to the Porter Ridge 44.
Sun Valley junior Albert Funderburke carried 21 times for 265 yards and three touchdowns, and also caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Drew Swoope in the second quarter to cut PR's lead to 21-14 at halftime.
Plesher's interception set up an insurance touchdown. Sophomore PJ Lotharp capped a six-play drive with a 22-yard TD run around right end.
Porter Ridge took a 7-0 lead 62 seconds into the game when linebacker Nick Vagone intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a TD.
The Spartans responded with Swoope's 32-yard touchdown pass to senior Courtland Stout.
Porter Ridge produced 445 yards of offense, including 288 passing yards, but was plagued by three turnovers, 10 penalties (for 83 yards) and missed tackles.
Porter Ridge has an open date next week while the Spartans host Monroe.
Weddington 37, Parkwood 0
ROUGHEDGE — Weddington High's football team cruised to a 37-0 road win over Parkwood on Friday.
The Warriors improved to 4-1 on the season while the Rebels dropped to 2-3.
Weddington led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter after a pair of touchdown passes by senior quarterback Jeff Welch. The first was a 34-yard strike to junior Zach Goins and the second on an 11-yard pass to senior Ryan Black.
The Warriors then tacked on two defensive TDs in the second quarter on interception returns by sophomore defensive end Lance Moore and senior linebacker Evan Lloyd to make it 28-0 at the half.
Weddington lineman Jack Jenkins sacked Parkwood quarterback Grey Wyrick for a safety in the third quarter and senior Jack Ryan added a 6-yard TD run later in the frame for the final score of the night.
The Warriors have a bye next week before hosting Charlotte Country Day on Oct. 14.
Parkwood plays at home against Cherryville next Friday.
Marvin Ridge 28, Rocky River 0
MARVIN - The Marvin Ridge High football team (1-3) struggled to gain yards on offense and tackle on defense during a 28-0 loss to Rocky River High (4-1) on Friday.
Just one week after a 70-6 win against Pender High, the Mavs had just 164 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times.
The Mavs’ opening drive went eight plays all the way down to the Rocky River 17-yard line until senior quarterback Austin Chambers threw an interception on an out-route. Rocky River quickly turned the turnover into points with a three-play drive that was capped with a 66-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Rashaad Brannon.
Brannon rushed for a game-high 167 yards on 17 carries and added an 18-yard touchdown reception on the following drive – his lone reception of the game.
The touchdown reception came on a well-designed screen pass where senior quarterback Christian Allen-Brown rolled out to his right and turned around to throw back to the awaiting Brannon.
“Oh man, that was incredible,” Brannon said. “Yeah we run that play a lot…but he just threw a screen, I had seen the opening, I made a cut and it was open.”
Brannon broke through a tackle on his was to the end zone – something his “three-headed monster” running-back tandem did all night with Marvin Ridge defenders unable to wrap up.
“A lot of our guys on our team run hard at practice because it’s what you’re supposed to do, because practice makes perfect,” Brannon said. “If you practice hard, it shows in the game.”
Rocky River’s hard style of running totaled 285 yards between three-primary runners – Brannon, Allen-Brown and running back Deron Davis.
Davis added a 16-yard touchdown run with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run with 9:40 remaining in the second quarter.
MR senior running back Yuspha Napier was the lone-bright spot for the Mavs’ offense, totaling 90 yards on 18 carries.
The Mavs schedule doesn’t get easier as they will host Davidson Day High (5-0) next Friday. Davidson is ranked 21st in the state, according to MaxPreps.com, who ranks MR at 160.
Charlotte Christian 42, Monroe 12
MONROE - Elijah Deveaux rushed for 171 yards on 20 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown, in Charlotte Christian's easy win at Monroe.
Christian had 283 rushing yards and 192 passing yards for a combined 475 of offense, while holding Monroe to 261 yards of offense.