Thursday, October 25, 2007

Across the PrepNation: Charlotte 10/19/07

By John Teal

It does not get much better than Richmond County going against its bordering neighbor Scotland County. One of the biggest rivalries in the state saw two undefeated teams line up for battle Friday night in Laurinburg. The visiting Richmond Raiders won in overtime 30-27 in front of an estimated 10,000 fans.

Richmond scored off of two returned fumbles and one pass interception. The fourth td drive also started with a turnover. In overtime the Raiders had an interception on the second play to seal the deal after kicking a field goal on its first possession.

Scotland had taken the lead 20-19 with under five minutes left in the game. The Scots then stopped Richmond on downs at the Raider 40 with just over two minutes to go. On the first play from scrimmage Scotland ran a dive off the right tackle. The back fumbled the ball forward into the hands RC senior Dominique Covington who just made it to the end zone past the Scots qb. The two point conversion was successful. Scotland then drove the ball the length of the field with a first and goal inside the three. On fourth down they pushed the ball over from inches out with one second left on the clock.

Scotland's 360 yards of offense more than doubled Richmond's but turnover were the key. The game had conference champion implications and maybe more importantly playoff seeding for home field advantage.

In Charlotte, Independence beat Weddington 76-27. The Patriots did not score in the fourth quarter. The game saw the return of sophomore qb Anthony Carrothers from injury. He threw five passes for five completions and two tds all in the third quarter. Rod Chisholm had four tds on the ground.

Butler squeaked by South Meck 19-16 in another close one for the Bulldogs. What has happened to a team that started out so dominant that is loaded with D1A recruits? Jarrett Boykin scored three of the first four times he touched the ball. Butler meets neighboring Indy in two weeks in a game that be for the conference championship.

East Meck is also in the running for the conference crown and meets Indy Friday night at home. East had a tough game with Myers Park winning 13-7 last week. The Eagles have a tenacious defense that is considered the best in the area but the offense is very one dimensional utilizing tough running Mike Mayhew often. Can they stop Independence which seems to be finally running on all cylinders. Many think it is doubtful East can score enough points to beat the Pats.
West Charlotte breezed to a 36-0 conference win over Central Cabarrus.

Charlotte Latin, considered the best private school team in NC, remained undefeated with a 42-20 win over South Point, an undefeated public school.

Public high school athletics in North Carolina are divided into four classes. For football the playoffs are subdivided into eight classes. Once the teams qualify for the playoffs the average daily attendance is used for each school to determine if they will be in the upper or smaller subdivision. Right now most people are anxiously awaiting to see which way some of the bubble schools go. West Charlotte with one loss and undefeated Wilmington Hoggard are the two main ones in 4A that could go either way.

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