Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Across the PrepNation: Charlotte 10/26/07

By John Teal

The big game in the Charlotte area Friday night was the private school showdown between Charlotte Latin and Charlotte Country Day. Latin entered the game undefeated while C Day had suffered one loss two weeks earlier and lost the starting qb in the process. The two teams have combined to win eleven of the last twelve private school state titles and are considered the top two again this year.

Country Day physically dominated the first half and led 13-0 before Latin scored in the last thirty seconds to close to 13-7 at the break. In the second half Latin kicked two field goals to tie the game at 13. Halfway throught the fourth quarter Latin qb and UNC commitment Braden Hanson went down with a concussion and did not return. With just over two minutes left Latin ran a reverse pitch from the C Day 45 yard line. The C Day defenders bit hard. As the corner came up the Latin wideout ran past and caught a perfect pass to go ahead 20-13. C Day playing a sophmore at qb that is more of an athlete and once again could not generate any offense as the clock ran out.

Both teams are well coached and fundamentally sound and have beat some strong public school teams from both North and South Carolina. Neither team is up to the standards of the top privates in those states though. In NC private schools the athletics are not as dominant as in the northern states. That is probably the same for most southern states although basketball is becoming a different story.

Independence defeated East Meck 21-7 in a defensive struggle. Indy led 14-0 at the half and worked the clock in the second half. Jarvis Pierce had two sacks and an interception return for a td. Indy has three interceptions returned for tds in the last two games. Indy once again played without qb Anthony Carrothers.

Butler won handily against Weddington 58-7 and setup a season ending showdown with neighboring Independence. The game will determine the conference champion in the Southwestern 4A the same as last year when Indy overcame a 21-0 halftime deficit to win in overtime.

Richmond County lost only its second regular season game in over ten seasons. Fayetteville 71st defeated the Raiders 13-7. 71st is led by NC coaching legend Bob Parolli who coached the last team to beat Richmond, Fayetteville Byrd. Byrd's star player was former Penn State star and current Tennessee Titan db Calvin Lowery. RC used most of its "Raider Magic" against Scotland the week before it appeared. The Raiders scored late to cut the score and recovered the onside kick but were unable to capitalize.

The big news in NC today was the releasing of the ADM's by the NCHSAA. These are the average daily attendances for public schools and determine the classification breakdowns for the state football playoffs. The two teams considered to be the best in the state, West Charlotte and Indy, both have enrollments putting them in the largest classification and a rematch in the state semifinals is possible. Last year WC was in the next to largest division. Indy won the first game after its Ohio loss but WC turnovers hampered them and many think WC could knock of the Patriots. A lot of football to be played before then.

The undefeated teams in NC's 4A are Wilmington Hoggard, Garner, Hope Mills South View, Wake Forest-Rolesville, and Raleigh Leesville Road. West Charlotte, Indy, Charlotte Hopewell, Richmond, and Scotland each have one loss. Butler has two. Should be an exciting playoff this season.

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