Crucial mistakes doom Vikings in road loss

CHARLOTTE – North Mecklenburg High’s football team is a banged-up bunch.

The shorthanded Vikings had several starters in street clothes Oct. 25, but gamely battled until the end of a 28-6 loss at Vance in a MECKA 4A conference game.

The Vikings’ showed plenty of grit, although it couldn’t overcome costly mistakes. The loss dropped North Mecklenburg to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in conference.

Vance intercepted four North Mecklenburg passes, returning two for touchdowns. The Vikings also had a punt blocked, missed a field goal and an extra-point kick.

“We fought like crazy,” North Meck coach Brad Baker said. “But at the end of the day, we made too many mistakes to win. We’re not going to make excuses (about injuries). We’re still practicing to execute, and we didn’t execute well enough tonight.

After a scoreless first quarter, Vance (6-3, 3-2) scored on an 80-yard drive for a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Less than a minute later, Vance cornerback Oquan Bratton intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a 14-0 lead.

North Meck kept it close by shutting down a Vance fourth-down run seconds before halftime. Linebacker Trevor Lowery made the tackle to stop the drive.

“Our guys are never going to quit,” Baker said. “Adversity is part of football and part of life. You’ve just got to suck it up and deal with it.”

A couple of Vikings were limping at game’s end. Another held his painful shoulder several times coming off the field.

Vance defensive lineman Christopher Brown jumped to intercept a screen pass early in the third quarter and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown that gave the Cougars a 28-0 lead.

But North Mecklenburg battled back and recovered two Vance fumbles in the third quarter. Their lone score came on quarterback Polo Dargins’ 21-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.


SouthLake’s Washington selected for national bowl game

HUNTERSVILLE - SouthLake Christian freshman Aapri Washington was picked to play in the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Washington, a defensive back for the Eagles, plays several positions for the USA East team.

“Aapri is perhaps one of the finest athletes we have seen on the camp circuit these past few years,” said Erik Richards, Football University’s national scouting director. “Washington has the physical tools to be a playmaker on both sides of the ball. In addition to being a lockdown defender, he can score at any time the ball is in his hands on offense.”

The bowl week consists of practices, a skills competition and breakout sessions with Hall of Famers, as well as current and former NFL stars and celebrities.


LN Charter’s Dorsainvil wins Panthers award

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter quarterback Michael Dorsainvil was named one of 10 players in the Carolina Panthers Community Captain program.

The program recognizes high school athletes in both Carolinas who excel in their sport, in the classroom and in their community. In addition to being honored at the Panthers’ home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, each winner received a personalized Carolina Panthers game ball.

“Our hope is that the players will remain positive role models as they continue to succeed on the football field and as individuals,” said Riley Fields, the Panthers’ director of community relations.