College offers roll in for SouthLake’s Washington
HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy running back Robert Washington Jr., a sophomore, rushed for 325 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-14 victory against Fayetteville Trinity Christian on Oct. 18.
Washington has scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona, Akron, Louisiana-Lafayette, Syracuse, North Carolina, N.C. State, Arizona and Boston College, SouthLake spokesman Chris Hunt said.
Scouts.com this week released its ranking of 2016 graduates, and Washington began as a four-star recruit (on a scale of five). Two of the state’s top senior recruits, Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood and Davidson Day’s Will Grier began as a three-star players on the website and peaked with four-star ratings.
Hough excels in kicking game
CORNELIUS – Punting and kicking have played a huge role in Hough High’s 7-1 record this season.
Kicker Tim Gawert, a senior, has booted 44 of 51 kickoffs into the end zone, which forced opponents to begin drives from their 20-yard line. He’s also been successful on four of six field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder.
Gawert missed his first extra-point attempt this season, but he has converted 38-of-39 since then.
Huskies punter Destry Barnwell has been equally impressive. He’s averaging 41.8 yards on 15 punts.
North Mecklenburg eyes playoff berth
HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High’s 4-4 record is the first time it’s been at .500 this late in a season since 2009. The Vikings are tied with Vance and Hopewell for fourth place in the MECKA 4A conference (each has a 2-2 conference mark) and can make huge strides toward a playoff spot with a victory at Vance on Oct. 25.
The Vikings are playing well after a combined record of 6-26 the past three seasons – 2-8 in 2012, 1-10 in 2011 and 3-8 in 2010. The Vikings haven’t had a winning season since they were 10-3 in 2006.
North Mecklenburg’s offensive leaders are quarterback Nolan Beasley (83-of-166 passing, 1,402 yards and 16 touchdowns), running back William Santiago (581 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 113 carries) and receivers Stephen Langford (28 catches for 630 yards and seven touchdowns) and Devon Sutton (20 receptions for 419 yards and three scores).
Linebackers Jaylan Bridges (59 tackles) and Trevor Lowery (55 tackles) lead the defense. Oliver Webb has a team-leading four sacks, and Tyron Ervin and Travis Jeter have three sacks each. Robbie Quinlan is averaging 30.3 yards per punt.
Hopewell’s Camp piling up rushing yards
HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High’s Dimitris Camp, a junior, is one of the area’s hottest running backs lately.
He rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Titans’ 42-20 victory against West Charlotte on Oct. 18. Two weeks ago, Camp ran for six touchdowns and 198 yards in a 47-34 victory against North Mecklenburg.
Camp’s season totals are 978 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 104 carries. But he’s hardly Hopewell’s lone offensive threat. Titans receiver Jonquez Williams scored on an 83-yard kickoff return and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jerry Chadwick in the win against West Charlotte. Dominique Heath, who lines up as receiver and running back, ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Pride scores on long pass
MOORESVILLE – One of the lone bright spots in Pine Lake Prep’s 67-8 loss to Bessemer City on Oct. 18 was Austin Pirkle’s 68-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Zach Pacious in the fourth quarter.
A.J. Carangelo then ran for a two-point conversion, but the first-year Pride fell to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in Southern Piedmont 1A conference games.
Pirkle caught eight passes for 133 yards, and Pacious passed for 176 yards.
Marist spoils Davidson homecoming
DAVIDSON – Davidson College was routed 42-14 by Marist College in its homecoming game Oct. 19 at Richardson Stadium.
The Wildcats (0-7) fell to 0-4 in Pioneer Football League games. Davidson led 8-3 late in the first quarter, but Marist scored the next four touchdowns to build a 28-8 lead by the start of the fourth quarter.
Davidson’s Jeff McDaniels had eight receptions for 87 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his college career. Sophomore William Morris set a career high with 11 receptions for 87 yards.
Davidson will travel to Jacksonville for a game at 1 p.m. Oct. 26. The Wildcats return home the following week to host Mercer on Nov. 2.