Union County football: Week 6 breakdown

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 04:04 PM

Nine Union County teams will be on the field Friday in Week 6 of the regular season.
Two intra-county matchups are scheduled, including Monroe at Sun Valley and Piedmont at Central Academy.
Parkwood, Forest Hills, Cuthbertson and Marvin Ridge are all at home against non-conference opponents, while Union Academy travels to South Stanly with hopes of improving to 2-1 in the Yadkin Valley Conference.
Porter Ridge and Weddington both have byes this week.
Following is a breakdown of the Week 6 contests:

Monroe (3-2) at Sun Valley (3-2)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Redhawks and Spartans are meeting for the first time since 2004, when Monroe recorded a 29-13 victory. Sun Valley has won two straight — highlighted by last week's 14-point win over archrival Porter Ridge — while the Redhawks are trying to snap a two-game skid.
Noteworthy: According to maxpreps.com, Sun Valley junior tailback Albert Funderburke ranks 11th nationally in rushing yards (1,026). He also has a Union County-high 12 touchdowns (10 rushing, two receiving). Redhawks junior running back Chase Byrum (307 rushing yards) usually shares the carries, but is getting the bulk of the handoffs because senior running back Julius Stradford (508 yards in four games) has missed the last six quarters with an ankle injury.
What they're saying: "They're very quick and they can be physical, too," said Funderburke of the Redhawks. "Last week's win was big. We're playing together as one unit now."

Piedmont (3-1) at Central Academy (3-2)
Last year's meeting: Piedmont 42, Central Academy 6
Streaks and trends: The Panthers, coming off a bye week, are 4-0 all-time against the Cougars and all four meetings have been decided by at least two touchdowns. CATA is 0-2 at home and 3-0 on the road.
Noteworthy: Piedmont junior quarterback Cameron Tripp has thrown for 343 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 223 yards and seven scores. Central Academy junior tailback Sergio Gomez has 375 yards and four touchdowns on a team-high 68 carries (5.5 yards per attempt).
What they're saying: "I feel like we've had a great week of preparation, so we just have to execute the gameplan on Friday night," said Tripp. "Hopefully we'll make the plays we need to make and things will fall into place. We just have to trust our gameplan."

North Rowan (5-0) at Forest Hills (1-4)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Yellow Jackets ended the program's six-game losing streak that dated back to 2012 with a 57-28 home win over Cuthbertson last week. The Cavaliers have scored 28 or more in all five of their victories.
Noteworthy: North Rowan is ranked No. 1 in the latest 2A state poll by ncpreps.com. Forest Hills senior quarterback Jared Lee has thrown for 563 yards and four TDs while running for 372 yards and a team-high nine scores. He accounted for five touchdowns in the win over Cuthbertson.
What they're saying: "North Rowan's a good football team," said Jackets coach John Lowery. "They've played and beaten some good people, but we believe if we continue to get better like we've done the last two weeks we think we have a good chance. They're a lot like we are with the stuff they run. Their quarterback got hurt and they moved their best running back to quarterback, which is what we have in Jared."

Ashbrook (2-2) at Cuthbertson (2-3)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Ashbrook has won two straight after back-to-back losses to Burns (29-24) and Crest (25-23). After starting 2-0, the Cavs are now trying to snap a three-game losing streak.
Noteworthy: Green Wave senior Tre Brice has 22 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns in four games. He's also rushed for four scores. Cuthbertson has forced 18 turnovers this season, including 11 fumble recoveries. Sophomore tackle Dyanta Caldwell has a Union County-high five recoveries.
What they're saying: "They're rich in history and they've been a powerhouse in their conference," said Cavs senior receiver Ryan Kendall of the Green Wave. "They're kind of like a Monroe or Forest Hills team. They have a lot of athletes and they're pretty versatile."

Cherryville (1-4) at Parkwood (2-3)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Two of Parkwood's three losses this season have been by 10 points or less. Cherryville ended a four-game losing steak with a 19-14 victory over winless East Gaston (0-4) last week.
Noteworthy: Rebels senior receiver Sam Mobley has 19 receptions for 373 yards and five touchdowns and also has two interceptions as a DB; junior linebacker Treven Parker is averaging 10 tackles per game. Cherryville quarterback Grant Henderson threw for 139 yards and two TDs, and ran for another score in last Friday's victory.

Davidson Day (5-0) at Marvin Ridge (1-3)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Mavericks were shut out for the first time since 2008 with last Friday's 28-0 loss to Rocky River. Davidson Day has eclipsed the 60-point mark three times this season.
Noteworthy: Davidson's Day offense, which averages 56.8 points per game, is led by all-state quarterback Will Grier. A Florida commit, Greir is 106-of-149 for 1,818 yards with 31 touchdowns and six interceptions. Marvin Ridge senior running back Yusupha Napier has eight touchdowns in four games, including five rushing, two receiving and one on a fumble recovery.

Union Academy (2-2, 1-1 YVC) at South Stanly (1-3, 1-0 YVC)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends:  The Cardinals had their two-game winning streak snapped with a 14-13 loss to East Montgomery last Friday. South Stanly has been held to nine points or less in three of its four games, including last Friday's 35-3 loss to Central Academy. UA beat CATA by 19 points in Week 2.
Noteworthy: Cards senior receiver Maliq Pando and junior WR Logan Pautz have combined for 21 catches for 484 yards and seven touchdowns. Union Academy is allowing just 15.8 ppg and has 16 takeaways (11 fumble recoveries, five interceptions). Junior linebacker Zach Zupetz leads UA with 9.5 tackles per game and Pando has a team-high two picks.