Union County football: Week 4 breakdown

Monroe, Weddington have impressive defenses
Sep. 12, 2013 @ 06:28 PM

MONROE — Four Union County football teams play on their home field in Week 4.
Piedmont hosts winless Forest Hills while Weddington entertains unbeaten Monroe in the only intra-county games.
Marvin Ridge hosts Pender while Sun Valley plays at home against East Bladen.
Parkwood, Central Academy and Union Academy are all on the road. The Cardinals are beginning play in the Yadkin Valley 1A Conference.
Cuthbertson and Porter Ridge played on Thursday.
Here's a breakdown of all seven games involving Union County teams:

Forest Hills (0-3) at Piedmont (2-1)
Last year's meeting: Forest Hills 32, Piedmont 20
Streaks and trends: The Yellow Jackets have won eight of the last nine meetings with Piedmont dating back to 2004. Piedmont's lone win in the series came in 2010 (24-14), when the Panthers went unbeaten in league play. Piedmont's last 3-1 start was 2010.
Noteworthy: Piedmont senior receiver Tyler Ivey is coming off his best game of the year, after catching four passes for 105 yards and the winning touchdown last week. Forest Hills senior Jared Lee and sophomore Zaccheus Rorie are both playing QB and receiver. Rorie has thrown three TD passes off the bench over the last two games.
What they're saying: "Obviously you want to win, but the most important thing is that you're getting better every week and learning from your mistakes," said Forest Hills coach John Lowery. "Sometimes without having a 'W' in front of your name you don't feel like you've gotten better. We just want the kids to see improvement from week to week and I think we're headed in the right direction."

Monroe (3-0) at Weddington (2-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The two teams haven't met since 2008, when the Redhawks posted a 32-19 victory. Weddington's defense has given up just 12 points in three games.
Noteworthy: Warriors senior receiver Ryan Black has three touchdown catches, which ranks second in UC. Monroe has won 76.3 percent of its games since the start of the 2009 season (45-14), second only to Porter Ridge (81.2 percent) in the county during that stretch.
What they're saying: "I expect to see the same team I've seen on tape," said Redhawks coach Johnny Sowell of the Warriors. "They don't make a lot of mistakes and they're really good at what they do. They throw the ball well and they can run it, too. This could be a situation where one mistake could change the game for either team and we've talked about that all week."

East Bladen (0-2) at Sun Valley (1-2)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The visiting Eagles have started the season with back-to-back losses to Fairmont (58-56) and Whiteville (17-9). Sun Valley is coming off a 21-20 road loss to Rocky River after holding a two-touchdown advantage in the second half.
Noteworthy: Spartans sophomore quarterback Drew Swoope, who took over as the starter in Week 2, has thrown for 278 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions this season.
What they're saying:  "We've had a good week of practice and we're excited about redeeming ourselves this week," said Sun Valley coach Paul Hall. "I'm pretty familiar with East Bladen. I was the coach at Midway and we played them throughout my stint there. They're a predominantly-run football team and they've got some athletic kids. They're dropped a couple games against some pretty good teams, so they're very competitive."

Central Academy (1-2) at Metrolina Christian (1-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Central Academy has held two of its three opponents to 14 points or less. Metrolina Christian opened the season with a 36-28 loss to Hickory Grove Christian, but rebounded with a 39-22 win over Community School of Davidson last week.
Noteworthy: Cougars junior DeShawn Morrison leads the team in rushing (359 yards) and tackles (40). CATA junior end Naim Donaldson has a team-high six sacks.

Pender (0-2) at Marvin Ridge (0-2)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: The Mavericks, who are still searching for their first-ever win under rookie coach Danny Bailey, have been outscored a combined 90-45 in their first two games. Pender has started the season with a pair of losses to Laney (48-24) and Topsail (29-12).
Noteworthy: The Patriots are traveling 197 miles for tonight's game. Mavs senior running back Yusupha Napier rushed for a touchdown and caught another in last week's loss to Ardrey Kell.

Parkwood (1-2) at Jordan-Matthews (2-1)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: Both of Parkwood's losses this season have been by 10 points or less. Jordan-Matthews outscored its first two opponents a combined 88-7 before suffering a 22-6 loss to Northwood last Friday.
Noteworthy: Parkwood junior running back Jorge Martinez leads the team in rushing with 225 yards on 44 carries and has scored two TDs.

Union Academy (1-1) at South Davidson (0-3)
Last year's meeting: Didn't play
Streaks and trends: South Davidson has yet to score this season and has given up 44 or more points in all three games. The Cardinals dropped a 42-7 decision to Parkwood in their opener before responding with a 26-7 win over archrival Central Academy last week.
Noteworthy: Cardinals junior Christian Almeida has caused three fumbles this season. Union Academy has forced 10 turnovers through two games, including six in the win over Central Academy last week.