Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Across the PrepNation: Charlotte 10/12/07

By John Teal

Butler, a nationally ranked team in some preseason polls, lost its second game of the season to East Mecklenburg 22-21. Butler took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter but was shutdown after that by a stingy Eagle defense. Butler lead 21-20 with just over three minutes to play. Facing a third down the center snapped the ball over qb Jacob Charest resulting in a safety. East Meck was able to run out the clock behind the running of senior Mike Mayhew (189 yards and three tds). The two schools are five miles apart and are the two closest schools to conference foe Independence. East travels to Indy in two weeks and Butler meets the Patriots the last week of the season.

Independence had some trouble putting away visiting Providence in the third quarter. Indy led 14-7 and went for it on fourth and two. The snap was dropped by qb Devonte Holloman. He picked the ball up and rolled out and threw a strike to Fernando White for a 39 yard td. Indy did not look back and won 43-7. Holloman is still filling in for Anthony Carrothers. Carrothers should return soon from a stress fracture but many question if Tom Knotts will remove Holloman from the position. Holloman is an elite D1A prospect at safety but the junior has did an excellent job at the qb position.

Private school power Charlotte Latin beat outmanned Carrboro 77-0. The first year school has been trounced and it makes many question why they have schools playing a varsity only schedule without a senior class. Clock ran continuously after first quarter as Latin pulled its unbeaten starters. Latin's big rival (last game of the year) Country Day lost its first game of the season in an upset to Charlotte Christian. CD was without some key starters but many feel they will meet Latin in the playoff in addition to the regular season finale and will be a huge obstacle to a title Latin led by UNC qb commit Braden Hanson.

Richmond County and Scotland County both won convincingly and will meet in one of North Carolina's biggest rivalry's Friday when the Raiders travel to Scotland. The game will be for more than bragging rights for the neighboring single school counties. The winner most likely will win the conference championship and have home field advantage through the playoffs. That could be a huge advantage if these teams end up in the west region with the Charlotte schools in the 4AA playoffs.

In addition to Richmond and Scotland, Wilmington Hoggard, Garner (Wake County/Raleigh area), South View (Cumberland County/Fayetteville area), Wake Forest-Rolesville (Wake County/Raleigh area), Raleigh Leesville Road, and Raleigh Athens Drive remain undefeated in 4A football. Greensboro Grimsley was knocked from the unbeatens by crosstown rival Page.

Byrnes of Duncan SC traveled to Clover, which is only about ten miles from the North Carolina state line. Byrnes continued it undefeated season with a 28-12 over the Eagles who are now 6-2. The Rebels play their archrival Gaffney at home next week. The Indians beat Byrnes twice at The Reservation last year enroute to an undefeated big school state title. Nixon Field will be packed with an expected crowd of over 12,000.

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