Safety sparks Red Raider rout

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 09:41 PM

From the first play from scrimmage, T.W. Andrews did everything it needed to impose its game plan on rival Southwest Guilford in a 66-0 win Friday night at A.J. Simeon Stadium.

After the Cowboys bobbled Red Raiders kicker James Rucker’s kickoff out of bounds at their 9, the Andrews defense swarmed Southwest quarterback Eric Cunningham in the backfield, and several players tackled him in the end zone for a safety just 15 seconds in.

With the two points and the ensuing punt in good field position, the Red Raiders poured it on with two touchdowns and a field goal, scoring on  all three of their first-quarter possessions, to leap to a 19-0 lead after 12 minutes.

“That gave us a lot of momentum,” quarterback Lamar Raynard said. “After seeing that, it was like, ‘Let’s go, let’s play.’ Our O-line fought off the ball this week, our receivers caught the ball — we did good.”

From then on, it was all Andrews — sparked, in large part, from that opening defensive play.

“You don’t expect to get that play,” coach Rodney McKoy said. “And then to turn around and get the field position. I think once we got field position and scored another touchdown, then we had them on their heels. From then on, we got everything going in the direction we’d like it.”

 

JUST ONE CATCH

High Point Central is proving that its receiving corps consists of much more than just highly regarded Juwan Foggie.

Through two games, Foggie has four catches. Only one of those came Friday against Asheboro, that in the first half.

Part of the reason was that Foggie, a UNC Charlotte commit, wasn’t quite 100 percent, coach Wayne Jones said.

“He’s our best receiver — no doubt — and people are going to try to cover him underneath and over the top, and we’re going to find ways to get him open,” Jones said. “But he didn’t practice much this week. He had to sit out with an ankle injury. We tried to keep him out of the loop, not give him too much contact. But he was able to play the whole game and I think he will be fine next week.”

That didn’t slow down the Bison quarterback Jamiel Mack from finding targets as he completed 12 of 19 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns (two to Charles Edmond and another to Thomas Gorman) in a 35-17 victory over the Blue Comets.

“We had several guys pick up the slack,” Jones said. “Those guys have to be good receivers in order for us to get the ball to our best receiver. They all have to be good because if they are not, people are just going to sit on Foggie. And if people sit on Foggie all night, we are going to be in trouble.”

 

GOLDEN EAGLES SOARING

East Davidson, under first-year head coach Vance Hanner, has already done something this year it hasn’t been done in a very long time: win its first two games.

After beating South Davidson 44-0, the Golden Eagles bounced Providence Grove in their home-opener 36-3 on Friday to reach 2-0 for the first time since 1999.

“Personally, I’m humbled,” Hanner said. “It’s easy with good players and assistants, and that’s how it is with us. For the kids, the first two games have been important in gaining confidence. We have two tough games coming up against Central Davidson and Ledford, but the kids have bought in.”

The biggest keys to the team’s hot start, Hanner said, have been veteran leadership and a commitment to conditioning leading into the season. With about five or six senior who’ve started since they were seniors, the Eagles have ground through challenges.

For instance, after not playing particularly well in the first half Friday against Providence Grove, Hanner said his team persevered and, in the second half, wore down the opposition and finished off an overall strong performance.

This week, however, will likely be there sternest test yet with Central Davidson. Still, throughout the week, they’re working to be prepared for whatever they might face.

“We might have to score 50 points to have a chance,” Hanner said. “But we’ll do whatever it takes to win — whether it be scoring a bunch of points or hunkering down defensively. We’ll be prepared either way.”

 

RAGSDALE COMING ALONG

Ragsdale isn't used to being 0-2 to start the year, but, through two very challenging games, that's where it finds itself to start this season. Still, with a young, talented team, there's still plenty left to achieve. 

"The kids are working very, very hard in practice," Tigers coach Tommy Norwood said. "If you were to watch us, you wouldn't know if they were 2-0 or 0-2. They do what we ask and keep at it. It'd be one thing if they weren't trying to improve, but they're out there working hard to continue to improve."

Ragsdale has had the somewhat unfortunate luck of having an inexperienced team open against two teams that have started strong in Grimsley and Dudley, which beat it 34-7 on Friday. And it doesn't seem to let up.

It will visit Northeast Guilford this week before hosting Page, Southeast and East Chapel Hill before beginning Piedmont Triad 4A Conference play. So, the idea is to remain patient and focused on improving each week.

"We're making young mistakes," Norwood said. "But Dudley was a team that was just bigger, faster and stronger than us. So, we're just working on blocking and tackling. We can't worry about anything else but the simplest fundamentals."

 

Players of the Week

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LAMAR RAYNARD, T.W. Andrews — Quarterback completed 11 of 18 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 66-0 win Friday against Southwest Guilford.

JUSTIN LEA, T.W. Andrews — Receiver/defensive back made six catches for 170 yards and one TD on offense. Plus, he snagged an interception on defense.

MARQUELL CARTWRIGHT, T.W. Andrews — Fullback ran 14 times for 139 yards — including 123 in the first half — and one TD.

JAMIEL MACK, HP Central — Quarterback completed 12 of 19 passes for 196 yards and three TDs, plus ran for 70 yards, in helping lead the Bison to a 35-17 win Friday against Asheboro.

CHARLES EDMOND, HP Central — Receiver caught two TDs in helping the Bison lead big early.

MALIK STREATER, HP Christian — Defensive back made two interceptions — returning one 85 yards for a TD — for the Cougars in playing only one half in a 30-20 loss Friday against Lake Norman Charter.

MICHAEL RAMOS, East Davidson — Running back carried 12 times for 123 yards and two TDs, plus caught a 30-yarder that set up the opening score, in helping the Golden Eagles win 36-3 on Friday against Providence Grove.

BRYCE BOLEN, East Davidson — Running back had 14 carries for 98 yards for the Golden Eagles.

IKE MARSH, Thomasville — Running back keyed the Bulldogs in a 14-7 win Friday against Mount Airy, leading the drive that eventually culminated in his 1-yard game-winning touchdown with 5:47 left in the game. 

D.J. PRATT, Trinity — Running back rushed for 143 yards on 28 carries and scored one TD in Trinity’s 12-7 win Friday against Bishop McGuinness.

JORDAN JOHNSON, Trinity — Defensive lineman had three tackles for a loss, three assisted tackles and a sack to key the Bulldogs’ defense. Plus, he scored the game-winning TD with 11:54 on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.

BRIAN FLASKRUD, Ragsdale — Defensive back recorded seven tackles (all solo) and a sack in the Tigers’ 34-7 loss Friday against Dudley.

 

Prep Football Standings

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Piedmont Triad 4A

                             Conf. Overall

East Forsyth           0-0    2-0

HP Central             0-0    2-0

NW Guilford           0-0    2-0

Glenn                      0-0    1-1

SW Guilford           0-0    1-1

Ragsdale               0-0    0-2

Friday’s results

High Point Central 35, Asheboro 17

T.W. Andrews 66, SW Guilford 0

Dudley 34, Ragsdale 7

W. Foresyth 43, Glenn 13

E. Forsyth 56, Parkland 0

NW Guilford 42, W. Guilford 7

 

Mid-Piedmont 3A

                              Conf. Overall

Asheboro                0-0    1-1

Central Davidson  0-0    1-1

Ledford                    0-0    1-1

North Forsyth          0-0    0-2

SW Randolph         0-0    0-2

Western Guilford    0-0    0-2

Friday’s results

N. Davidson 40, Ledford 19

High Point Central 35, Asheboro 17

C. Davidson 36, Wheatmore 7

Mt. Tabor 38, N. Forsyth 13

E. Randolph 42, SW Randolph 14

NW Guilford 42, W. Guilford 7

 

PAC-6 2A

                                Conf. Overall

Randleman              0-0    2-0

Trinity                        0-0    2-0

Andrews                   0-0    1-1

Eastern Randolph  0-0    1-1

Providence Grove  0-0    0-2

Wheatmore              0-0    0-2

Friday’s results

T.W. Andrews 66, SW Guilford 0

Trinity 12, Bishop McGuinness 7

C. Davidson 36, Wheatmore 7

Randleman 48, N. Stanly 21

E. Randolph 42, SW Randolph 14

E. Davidson 36, Prov. Grove 3

 

Central Carolina 2A

                              Conf. Overall

East Davidson       0-0    2-0

North Rowan         0-0    2-0

Thomasville           0-0    1-1

West Davidson      0-0    1-1

Lexington               0-0    0-2

Salisbury                0-0    0-2

Friday’s results

E. Davidson 36, Prov. Grove 3

Thomasville 14, Mt. Airy 7

N. Rowan 34, Carson 15

W. Davidson 40, S. Davidson 0

Newton-Conover 50, Lexington 28

E. Rowan 32, Salisbury 0

 

Northwest 1A

                                   Conf. Overall

East Surry                    0-0    2-0

Walkertown                 0-0    2-0

Atkins                           0-0    1-0

Bishop McGuinness  0-0    1-1

Mt. Airy                         0-0    0-2

North Stokes               0-0    0-2

Friday’s results

Trinity 12, Bishop 7

E. Surry 27, Starmount 6

Walkertown 55, Kestrel Heights 0

Atkins 27, Pine Lake Prep 20

Thomasville 14, Mt. Airy 7

Bassett (Va.) 46, N. Stokes 13

 

NCISAA Central Piedmont Football

                                     Conf. Overall

Christ School                0-0    1-0

SouthLake                     1-0    2-0

Hickory Grove               0-0    2-0

HP Christian                  0-0    1-1

Westminster Catawba  0-1    0-1

First Assembly               0-0    0-1

Friday’s results

Lake Norman Charter 30, HP Christian 20

Christ School 21, Rabun Gap 20

SouthLake 30, Victory Christian 12

Hickory Grove 48, Wake Christian 0

Community School of Davidson Charter 22, First Assembly 18

 

The Associatiated Press Prep Poll

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RALEIGH (AP) — The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of September 3, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:

 

Class 4-A

1. Charlotte Mallard Creek (9) (2-0) 97 -

2. Richmond County (2-0) 78 -

3. Scotland County (2-0) 70 -

4. Charlotte Independence (1) (2-0) 65 -

5. East Forsyth (2-0) 43 -

6. Durham Hillside (2-0) 41 -

7. Matthews Butler (1-1) 40 -

8. Raleigh Leesville Road (2-0) 23 -

9. Charlotte Catholic (1-1) 20 -

10. Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor (2-0) 12 -

Others receiving 10 or more points: North Davidson 11, West Mecklenburg 10.

 

Class 3-A

1. Havelock (9) (2-0) 99 -

2. Northern Guilford (1-0) 81 -

3. Belmont South Point (1) (2-0) 80 -

4. Lawndale Burns (2-0) 62 -

5. Asheville Erwin (2-0) 42 -

6. South Iredell (2-0) 36 -

7. Concord (2-0) 21 -

8. Western Alamance (2-0) 20 -

9. Central Cabarrus (2-0) 19 -

10. Eastern Alamance (2-0) 16 -

Others receiving 10 or more points: Orange County 14, Morganton Freedom 12.

 

Class 2-A

1. East Lincoln (8) (2-0) 94 -

2. Reidsville (1) (2-0) 90 -

3. Carrboro (2-0) 76 -

4. Elizabeth City Northeastern (1) (2-0) 60 -

5. Monroe (2-0) 54 -

6. North Rowan (2-0) 33 -

7. Kinston (2-0) 31 -

8. Southwest Onslow (1-1) 27 -

9. Madison County (2-0) 20 -

10. Shelby (1-1) 12 -

Others receiving 10 or more points: None.

 

Class 1-A

1. Warsaw Kenan (7) (2-0) 101 -

2. Swain County (1) (2-0) 85 -

3. Plymouth (1) (1-0) 67 -

4. Tarboro (1) (1-1) 62 -

5. Robbinsville (2-0) 58 -

6. East Surry (2-0) 50 -

7. Wallace-Rose Hill (1-1) 41 -

8. Lakewood (Salemburg) (2-0) 20 -

9. North Duplin (2-0) 17 -

10. West Montgomery (1-1) 16 -

Others receiving 10 or more points: Boonville Starmount 11.