Prep football notebook: WHS facing another stout 'D'
The Weddington High offense will try to get back on track after being blanked in last week's 7-0 loss at A.L. Brown.
The Warriors (2-1) face another difficult defense in Week 4 when Monroe (3-0) comes to town. The Redhawks are allowing a Union County-low 6.7 points per game.
Weddington senior QB Jeff Welch is leading Union County in passing with 611 yards, according to unioncountyhighschoolfootball.com.
Welch is averaging 18.5 yards per completion. He has a pair of reliable receivers in senior Ryan Black (11 catches, 240 yards, three TDs) and junior Zach Goins (five receptions, 120 yards).
Weddington also has a solid running game, led by 6-2, 200-pound senior workhorse Omar Boyd (61 carries, 334 yards).
Monroe held Cuthbertson to 274 yards of offense in last week's 22-7 road win. The Redhawks forced four turnovers and also blocked two punts.
Just three games into the season, the Redhawks already have 10 sacks and nine takeaways (including six picks).
Monroe senior defensive tackle Jamarcus Glenn, a two-way starter, had three sacks and three QB hurries while junior end Jaqueis Alsobrooks has three sacks and two hurries.
Sophomore DB/WR Desmen Robinson, who caught a TD pass against Anson, blocked both punts against the Cavs.
Monroe expects to have back senior safety/RB Tre'Shun Wynn, who sat out last week with an injury. Wynn is a four-year starter with multiple major college offers.
While the Warriors are fairly balanced on offense, Monroe prefers to pound it on the ground.
Leading rusher Julius Stradford is averaging 13.7 yards per carry. He has 371 yards and three touchdowns on 27 attempts.
Stradford is a powerful back, listed at 5-11 and 210 pounds, and so is junior Chase Byrum (28 carries, 138 yards), who runs low to the ground at 5-7 and 191 pounds.
The Redhawks tend to spread most of the handoffs to a three-back rotation, with Wynn being the fastest of the three.
Stradford, Byrum and Wynn each have three rushing touchdowns on the year.
Mobley on a tear
Parkwood senior receiver Sam Mobley leads Union County in receptions (13), receiving yards (349) and receiving touchdowns (four) heading into a Week 4 matchup with Jordan Matthews.
Mobley is coming off his most productive outing, catching six passes for 132 yards and two TDs in last week's 38-31 loss to Piedmont.
Since the start of his sophomore year, Mobley has 72 receptions for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Odds and ends ...
... Porter Ridge senior Jerrick Robbins has a county-high eight touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving, two kickoff returns). Robbins now has 29 career touchdowns, including 16 as a junior and five as a sophomore. Robbins ranks sixth in the county in rushing (32 carries, 275 yards).
... Sun Valley junior Albert Funderburk leads the county in rushing attempts (63) and rushing yards (510). Funderburk won the county rushing title last year, becoming the first sophomore in UC history to eclipse 2,000 yards (2,032). Stradford ranks second in the county in rushing this season followed by Central Academy junior Deshawn Morrison (359), Boyd and Piedmont junior Aaron Braswell (277).
... Piedmont junior Cameron Tripp leads all county QBs in rushing (42 attempts, 202 yards) and rushing TDs (five). Tripp ranks fifth in the county in passing yards (343) behind Welch, Parkwood senior Grey Wyrick (505), Porter Ridge junior Isaiah Hicklin (464) and Marvin Ridge junior Turner Schwartz (397).
... Piedmont junior Taylor Baucom is leading the county in kick scoring through Week 3 with 16 points (10 extra points).