Week 10 breakdown: SV, Warriors battle for first

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 03:21 PM

MONROE — First place in the Southern Carolina Conference is on the line when Weddington hosts Sun Valley tonight.
The Warriors and Spartans sit atop the league standings, both with a 2-0 mark. WHS is coming off a 35-9 home win over Cuthbertson while Sun Valley pulled out a 14-10 win over Marvin Ridge last week.
Two other SCC games are scheduled for tonight, including Marvin Ridge at Piedmont and Anson County at Cuthbertson.
Three Rocky River Conference games are on the slate tonight: Monroe at Parkwood, West Stanly at Forest Hills and Mount Pleasant at Central Academy.
The Redhawks and Yellow Jackets are tied at 2-0 atop the RRC standings.
Porter Ridge travels to Butler in an important Southwestern Conference matchup tonight. The Pirates are in second place in the league and lead Butler by a half-game.
Union Academy is looking to improve to 4-2 in league play with a trip to Chatham Central.
Following is a breakdown of all eight games involving Union County teams tonight:

Sun Valley (5-3, 2-0 SCC) at Weddington (7-1, 2-0 SCC)
Last year's meeting: Sun Valley 49, Weddington 42 (4OT)
Streaks and trends: The Spartans have won the last seven meetings dating back to 2006, including the last three that have been decided by nine points or less. The Warriors haven't allowed more than nine points in each of their last four games.
Noteworthy: Spartans junior tailback Albert Funderburke has rushed for 1,457 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games. Warriors senior linebacker Jack Ryan has a team-high 92 tackles to go along with nine sacks. Teammates Lance Moore, a sophomore defensive end, also has nine sacks.
What they're saying: "I would say both teams are very familiar with each other from what I've seen and heard," said first-year Spartans coach Paul Hall. "Both teams are 2-0 in the conference so that makes it a big game. We're excited about the opportunity."
Hall on Weddington: "They don't make a lot of mistakes. They're a very physical team and they're pretty athletic. The defense is stingy and the quarterback can throw it around well, so that's a good recipe for a pretty good team."

Monroe (6-2, 2-0 RRC) at Parkwood (4-4, 1-1 RRC)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Redhawks have won three straight since their only two losses of the season to Weddington (36-22) and Charlotte Christian (42-12). The Rebels are giving up 7.5 points per game in their four wins compared to 31.3 ppg in their four losses.
Noteworthy: Redhawks senior receiver Jaylan Barbour, who has committed to Wake Forest, has 21 catches for 337 yards and four touchdowns this season. Rebels senior receiver Sam Mobley has 32 receptions for 603 yards and eight scores.
What they're saying: "They're aggressive defensively," said Redhawks coach Johnny Sowell of the Rebels. "They run a lot of man coverage and they do a lot of blitzing, so they're going to come after us. Offensively, (Mobley) and (Max Robinson) are going to be hard to defend. They're good at their positions and you immediately recognize them when you watch film. We've relied on our defense, so we expect them to get the job done again."

Porter Ridge (6-2, 3-0 SWC) at Butler (6-3, 3-1 SWC)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Pirates have won three straight since a 42-28 loss to Sun Valley. Two of Butler's three losses have been decided by seven points or less. The other loss was to Mallard Creek (20-7), which is ranked No. 1 in the 4A state poll.
Noteworthy: Pirates junior quarterback Isaiah Hicklin has thrown or 1,431 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions this season. Porter Ridge senior defensive end Donnie Warren has a team-high five sacks, while senior linebacker Nick Vagnone and senior cornerback Casey Hardison share the team-lead with three interceptions.
What they're saying: "It's going to be a really good game," said Pirates senior tailback Jerrick Robbins. "It's going to be a tough game where we're going to have to play all four quarters just like the Independence game."

Marvin Ridge (1-7, 0-2 SCC) at Piedmont (6-2, 1-1 SCC)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Mavericks have suffered three straight losses by eight points or less, including last Friday's 14-10 loss to Sun Valley. Six of Piedmont's eight games this season have been decided by 14 points or less. Marvin Ridge and Piedmont last met in 2008, when the Mavs pulled out a 24-7 victory.
Noteworthy: Piedmont junior linebacker Dalton Craig has a team-best 84 tackles while teammate Lucas Smith, a senior LB, has seven sacks. Marvin Ridge sophomore end John Wells has a team-high five sacks.

Anson (3-5, 0-2 SCC) at Cuthbertson (3-5, 1-1 SCC)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Cuthbertson, which opened in 2009, is playing Anson for the first time in school history. The Bearcats are trying to snap a three-game losing streak while the Cavaliers are trying to stay alive in the Southern Carolina Conference title chase. They currently trail Weddington and Sun Valley by a game in the standings.
Noteworthy: Bearcats senior receiver Allen Campbell has 29 receptions for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Cavs junior end Connor Gerlits has a team-high nine sacks, including three in last Friday's loss to Weddington.

West Stanly (2-6, 1-1 RRC) at Forest Hills (3-5, 2-0 RRC)
Last year's meeting: Forest Hills 51, West Stanly 0
Streaks and trends: West Stanly snapped a five-game losing streak with a 14-7 win over Central Academy last week. The Yellow Jackets have won two straight and three of their last four. The Colts haven't beaten Forest Hills since 2006 as the Jackets have won the last six meetings.
Noteworthy: Forest Hills senior quarterback Jared Lee has rushed for 815 yards and a Union County-high 14 touchdowns. West Stanly senior back Ryan McCormick has rushed for 501 yards and seven scores, including the game-winner in the final minute against CATA last week.
What they're saying: "They've got big running backs, so we have to put the brakes on their run game," said Jackets coach John Lowery of the Colts. "We don't want to beat ourselves with careless turnovers and give them any extra chances. They've played well against some teams, but not so well against others so we just have to be ready to play."

Mount Pleasant (2-6, 0-2 RRC) at Central Academy (3-5, 0-2 RRC)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Cougars hope to end a three-game losing skid. Mount Pleasant has lost three of its last four by seven points or less. CATA is 0-4 on its home field this season.
Noteworthy: Central Academy junior end Naim Donaldson leads Union County with 14.5 sacks this season. The Cougars' defense also relies on junior linebacker DeShawn Morrison, who has a team-high 97 tackles. Mount Pleasant junior Isaiah Cox has 85 tackles, including 16 for loss, and five sacks.

Union Academy (4-3, 3-2 YVC) at Chatham Central (1-7, 0-5 YVC)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Bears, who have lost five straight, have been shut out five times this season. Union Academy, coming off a bye week, handled North Moore by 49 points on Oct. 11.
Noteworthy: Union Academy senior Maliq Pando leads Union County with five interceptions. He also has 20 catches for 389 yards and nine touchdowns. Cardinals senior quarterback Craig Twele has accounted for 22 touchdowns — 17 passing and five rushing.