Central Academy blanked West Stanly 39-0 on Friday, giving the Cougars four shutouts in eight games this season. CATA has already surpassed last year's win total. See the standings for the Southern Carolina and Rocky River conferences with three weeks to go.
Former Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers is now a 6-foot-7, 287-pound outside linebacker wearing No. 56 for Green Bay. The 34-year-old Peppers, who has 120 career sacks, faces his old team on Sunday when Carolina visits Lambeau Field.
Marvin Ridge's defense shut down Albert Funderburke and the offense had its way through the air in a 37-20 road win over Sun Valley. The Mavs, who entered the game with an 0-6 record, got a 355-yard passing effort from sophomore Austin Colonna, who completed three TD passes to sophomore Emeka Emezie.
While they mourn, the administrators at Piedmont High have been scrambling to give the players a sense of continuity after head football coach Ron Massey was found unresponsive in his car in the parking lot of Planet Fitness in Monroe Saturday afternoon. Assistant Jamie Belk, described as Massey's "right hand man," has been promoted to interim head coach. The Panthers' home game against Anson has been moved to next Monday.
The death of Piedmont High football coach Ron Massey has stunned the Unionville community. Massey was found unresponsive in his car at Planet Fitness in Monroe at 1:03 p.m. on Saturday. "He was in good shape, too young," said former Piedmont player Ethan Pierson of the 56-year-old Massey.
Ron Massey was vibrant and engaged while coaching his Piedmont High football team in Friday night's home game against Sun Valley, but roughly 13 hours later he died unexpectedly.