Parkwood senior Andy Giarla, a starting offensive lineman on last year's state semifinal team, has been cleared by doctors to return to the football field and will play for the first time this season in Thursday's home game against Jordan-Matthews (6:30 p.m. start). Giarla, an honor student, is being treated for brain cancer.
Parkwood senior Max Robinson caught three touchdown passes and also made the tackle at the 1-yard line on the two-point conversion with 11 seconds left to help the Rebels defeat Piedmont 49-47 on Friday. The Rebels also got a big night from senior QB Josh Coble, who threw all three TD passes to Robinson and kept the game-winning drive alive with a 40-yard scramble on third down.
Parkwood 49, Piedmont 47
Monroe 35, Cuthbertson 21
Rocky River 21, Sun Valley 14
Central Academy 20, Union Academy 0
Weddington 31, A.L. Brown 21
Providence 40, Porter Ridge 2
Pageland Central 20, Forest Hills 6
Ardrey Kell 21, Marvin Ridge 15
Union County has Division I football players all over the Eastern Seaboard making impacts for their programs. Duke's Issac Blakeney and Jamison Crowder, both Monroe High graduates, caught two touchdown passes each from former Weddington QB Anthony Boone in the season opener.
In a matchup between two top-five teams in the state polls, Weddington's boys soccer team emerged with a victory over Central Academy.
Three intra-county games highlight the eight-game slate in Week 3, including Cuthbertson at Monroe, Piedmont at Parkwood and Central Academy at Union Academy. For a breakdown of all eight games, look inside.