UC has 3 intra-county games in Week 2
Week 1 of the high school football season was unkind to Union County.
Of the 11 county teams that took the field last week, only four walked away with a win: Monroe, Cuthbertson, Weddington and Forest Hills.
The Warriors host the Yellow Jackets tonight as one of three intra-county games that highlight the Week 2 schedule. The others include Piedmont at Porter Ridge and Union Academy at Parkwood.
Central Academy is the only other UC team at home tonight. Sun Valley, Cuthbertson and Monroe are all on the road, and Marvin Ridge has a bye this week.
The following is a closer look at all seven games tonight involving UC teams:
Forest Hills (1-0) at Weddington (1-0)
Last year’s meeting: Weddington 42, Forest Hills 12
Streaks and trends: The Warriors have won the last four meetings with the Yellow Jackets by an average of 28.8 points per game. WHS is 11-2 in non conference games since the start of the 2012 season.
Noteworthy: Forest Hills’ last win against Weddington came in 2009, when the Jackets won by a decisive 42-21 margin. FH junior quarterback Zaccheus Rorie ran for 52 yards and a score in his team’s 7-6 overtime victory over Anson last week. Weddington is coming off a 31-28 road win over Ardrey Kell. WHS senior Mitchel Carson starts at tailback and outside linebacker, and also blocked two punts in his team’s three-point win. Carson recovered one of his own blocks and returned for a touchdown.
What they’re saying: “I’m expecting a great game out of them,” said Warriors junior defensive end Lance Moore of the Jackets. “They seem to have a really good team this year. Offensively they run the ball pretty well, so we’ve been focusing on making tackles.”
Piedmont (0-1) at Porter Ridge (0-1)
Last year’s meeting: Porter Ridge 59, Piedmont 7
Streaks and trends: The Pirates have won five straight meetings with the Panthers dating back to 2009 and lead the all-time series by a 6-3 margin. Porter Ridge is coming off a 41-18 loss to Mount Tabor last Friday, while Piedmont dropped a 35-28 decision at Hickory Ridge.
Noteworthy: Panthers senior Aaron Braswell had 134 yards from scrimmage last week (71 receiving, 63 rushing) and scored two touchdowns, while teammate Cody Leviner hauled in a team-high seven receptions. Junior running back Adam Chase and senior receiver AJ Barrett both found the end zone for the Pirates last week.
Union Academy (0-1) at Parkwood (0-1)
Last year’s meeting: Parkwood 42, Union Academy 7
Streaks and trends: Last year was the first-ever meeting between the Union County schools. The Cardinals are coming off a 39-13 home loss to the Carolina Pride in the opener last week, while the Rebels suffered a 34-9 road loss to Cuthbertson.
Noteworthy: Parkwood junior end Drew Hause had a team-high eight tackles, including three for loss, against the Cavaliers. Senior Jake Cadle and freshman Jeremy Miller each had an interception for UA last week.
What they’re saying: “From what my coaches have told me they like to do a lot of shotgun and run the ball with the option,” said Rebels senior Max Robinson of the Cardinals. “I think we found out last week that our defense can play with anybody as long as everybody is doing their assignments.”
Highland Tech (0-0) at Central Academy (0-1)
Last year’s meeting: Central Academy 33, Highland Tech 6
Streaks and trends: The Cougars have won the last three meetings with the Rams and own a 3-2 edge in the all-time series. Highland Tech is a combined 2-42 since the start of the 2010 season.
Noteworthy: CATA rushed for 309 yards in last Friday’s loss to North Stanly, including 131 from senior DeShawn Morrison and 107 from senior Sergio Gomez.
What they’re saying: “They have a lot of speed in their backfield,” said Cougars coach Phil Smith of the Rams. “Both of their backs are pretty quick. If they get some good blocking, they can take it up and down the field on you from what I’ve seen on film.”
Monroe (1-0) at Anson (0-1)
Last year’s meeting: Monroe 35, Anson 6
Streaks and trends: The Redhawks are attempting to start 2-0 for the second straight season. They won their first three games last year on the way to a 13-3 record and an appearance in the 2AA state championship.
Noteworthy: Bearcats senior Melek Coleman racked up a team-best 10 tackles in last Friday’s loss to Forest Hills. Monroe sophomore QB Zephaniah Wall ran five times for 110 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win over Lexington. He also threw for 83 yards and a score.
Cuthbertson (1-0) at Hickory Ridge (1-0)
Last year’s meeting: Cuthbertson 32, Hickory Ridge 22
Streaks and trends: The Cavaliers hold a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. All three meetings have been decided by 10 points or less.
Noteworthy: Hickory Ridge junior tailback Jaylen Rudisell ran 24 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-28 win over Piedmont last Friday. Cavaliers junior QB Austin Kendall threw for 320 yards and four scores in his team’s win over Parkwood in Week 1.
What they’re saying: “Piedmont scored on them a lot and had some success in the passing game last week,” said Kendall of the Ragin’ Bulls. “We throw the ball a lot, so I feel like we can do the same thing if we execute, run the right routes and I make the right reads.”
Sun Valley (0-1) at Hoke County (1-0)
Last year’s meeting: Sun Valley 40, Hoke County 35
Streaks and trends: The Spartans are 0-1 for the fourth straight year, but haven’t had a losing season since 2004.
Noteworthy: Hoke County found the end zone five times in last Friday’s 34-6 win over Ashley, including three TDs from junior back Jacob Rushing. Spartans senior tailback Albert Funderburke rushed for 194 yards and a TD on 25 carries last week. His younger brother, sophomore Fabrice Funderburke, ran three times for 86 yards and a score.