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Mother nature turned a very promising week 3 into one of the craziest nights I have had in the 20 years I have covered high school football as a reporter. Numerous lightning delays and heavy rain at times had some games finishing closer to 11:30 or even pushing them to new dates. But it will be remembered for some great finishes as well.
Here are the 3 eye opening results from week 3.
#3. Monroe over Hunter Huss 45-0
This game was played on Saturday and the Monroe defense showed out. Not only did they get the shut out, they held the Huskies to just -9 yards of total offense. The Red Hawks also racked up 23 tackles for loss, forced 2 fumbles recovering both, snagged 1 interception, and had 4 sacks.
So far this season, they are only giving up 13 points per game while the offense is averaging 43.
The combined record of the teams Monroe has beaten this season is just 1-8, but we will get a good indication on how good the 3-0 Red Hawks are this Friday when they pay a visit to 3-0 Weddingon in one of the marquess games this week.
All time, the Warriors lead the Red Hawks with 7 wins to just 2 from Monroe.
A loss to Weddington will not be the end of the season as Weddington has given Monroe their 1st loss of the year the last 2 years.
When it happened back in 2013, Monroe would go on to play for the 2A state title.
This edition of Monroe has the potential to be just as explosive, but there is a long time and a lot of football to play before we crown champs in December.
#2. Byrnes beats Mallard Creek 31-29
We learned a lot from this game on Friday night. First off, the Mavericks will not win the mythical National Championship which was tossed around in the preseason provided they were ranked #8 in the nation to start the season.
But there is still so much to play for including a 3rd straight 4AA state title which is very rare in the state of North Carolina. They could join the likes of Wilson Fike (1967-1969), Greensboro Page (1983-1985), Richmond Senior (1988-1990), and Independence (2000-2006). I'm sure that is the message coach Mike Palmieri is drilling into the heads of his young men.
Another thing we learned is this Maverick team has heart.
After falling behind 21-0 in the 1st quarter, the Creek would battle back to take the lead with 27 seconds to play. But the Rebels would drive down and get a field goal with 2 seconds to play.
Game over right, NO!. The Mavericks would get themselves in a position to kick a possible game winning field goal on an un timed down, but that field goal was blocked.
This setback is not totally a bad thing. The Creek's early season defeat in 2014 to Butler refocused the team and they would win 14 straight games on the way to their second straight 4AA title.
This Friday, they host 0-3 Garinger. This game could get ugly early as the Mavericks get the bad taste of last Friday out their mouth.
#1. West Stanly beats Albemarle 6-0
2006 was the last time West Stanly beat Albemarle in football. That all changed this past Saturday as the Colts shutout their county rival 6-0.
The win by the Colts snaps a 24 game winning streak for Albemarle against Stanly County opponents.
West is off to a 2-1 start under new head coach Eric Morman.
Friday, they take on another cross county rival in North Stanly with a chance to get to 3-1 for the first time since 2010.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog program has hit the skids the last few season.
Not only was their Stanly County win streak snapped, but the defeat to West dropped them to 0-3 for the first time since 1982.
Last year, they finished 1-10 after having to forfeit 7 wins. That was their first losing season since 2006.
Not so long ago, they were back to back 1A state champs in 2009 and 2010.
They will look to stop the bleeding this Friday when they are at East Montgomery.
Statement Games in Week 4
There are 3 games this week where teams can make huge statements to the rest of the state.
3-0 South Pointe at 3-0 Vance
This is a game between 2 teams that made DEEP playoff runs in 2014.
South Pointe won the South Carolina AAA state title in 2014 and is off to another great start in 2015.
Led by QB Greg Ruff who has already thrown for 700 yards on the season and 8 TD, the Stallions are averaging 31 points per game.
Vance made it all the way to the 4A western final in 2014 and the good times have continued to roll in 2015.
Led by QB Kingsley Ifedi, the Cougars are averaging 42 points per game and the defense has been just as impressive as they are only surrendering 8 per contest.
This is going to be a very good game and one that I want to see so much that I will be at this one and will have the highlights for Football Friday Night.
2-1 Mooresville at 3-0 A.L. Brown
Since making the move from 3A to 4A, it has taken the Wonders a while to get their feet under them to compete at this level. As one of the smallest 4A schools in the state, depth has been a problem for coach Mike Newsome's teams. But 2015 is off to a promising start as they are 3-0.
They hold a win over rival Concord which was their first since 2011.
After beating 2 other 3A foes, they get their first test against a 4A squad in Mooresville.
The Blue Devils come in at 2-1 with their only loss coming on a 4 point defeat to rival Hough.
This game does not make or break the year for the Wonders, but it will be a good barometer to see how far the Wonders have come as a 4A program.
2-1 Ardrey Kell at 3-0 Hough
Not much was expected from Hough in 2015 providing the talent they lost off of last year's team. They had 9 players sign scholarships to play football on the next level and 4 of them signed with ACC schools.
But low and behold, the Huskies are 3-0 on the young season behind 9 returning starters, new QB Jackson Gibbs, and a defense that is only giving up 7 points per game.
The win over Mooresville was impressive, but a win over another quality opponent in Ardrey Kell would validate the early season success and once again put them in the discussion of teams to watch for in what is becoming one of the toughest conferences in the state in the MECKA 4A.
Congrats to Coach Johns
We wrap up this week of Droppin' 'Nowledge with a congrats to Mount Pleasant head coach Michael Johns. Last Friday, he collected his 100th win as a head coach with the 35-24 victory over Cox Mill.
In that game, coach would feed his star RB Cody Reece the football 51 times. That is 6 carries off the state record of 57.
Reece would rush for 286 yards and 3 TD.
Last year, Reece carried the ball 457 times which is 2nd most in state history for a single season. It looks like coach Johns aims to break that in 2015.
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