Each week we will give you 5 thoughts from all the Friday night High School Football action that took place in Charlotte and surrounding.
Big Statement From Big I: Is Independence back to a level this year where they can compete with Butler and Mallard Creek? Time will tell but if Thursday night’s performance is any indication, the Patriots could be in for a special season. Led by stellar QB play from Junior Kelvin Hopkins, rushing from Wake commit Isaiah Robinson, and dominant defense they dismantled Rocky White’s South Meck squad 49-0.
National Dominance: Count me as one of the doubters that Elijah Hood would have one of his 300 yard games against a nationally ranked team. Count me in as one of the guys that was wrong. The Charlotte Catholic RB and ex Notre Dame commit carried the Cougars to a 35-28 win over Gonzaga (Md). Hood rushed for 323 yards and 5 touchdowns
Dog’s Still Hunting: Butler proved its a system that is simply retooling each season and not rebuilding. In their first game without QB Riley Ferguson (UT), Uriah Lemay (UGA), Peter Kalambayi (Stanford), and Channing Stribbling (Michigan) the Bulldogs destroyed West Charlotte 80-20. Head Coach Brian Hales did create some controversy though when he put the 1st team back in late in the game with a big lead.He claims his second team was playing awful and he had to prove a point. I think the point he was trying to prove was to doubters that this team might be down this year,
Another Huge Day: Davidson Day QB (and Florida commit) Will Grier continued his quest to become one of the most prolific passers in North Carolina High School history. The senior threw 6 1st half TD passes in a 61-6 steamrolling of Albermarle
Mavericks Rally: Mallard Creek trailed against Dillon, SC (2012 State Champs) 14-7 in the 3rd quarter but rallied for a 27-21 late win. RB Lawrence Pittman had the game winning TD. Next up on the WFNZ HS Rivalry Series? A Sept 13th showdown between Mallard Creek and Charlotte Catholic. Perhaps the game of the year in Charlotte.