Let me drop some knowledge on you!
The high school football season is already at week 5 and the cream is starting to rise to the top.
Here are 3 eye opening results from this past Friday night.
#3. North Meck over Community School of Davidson 35-0
The Vikings were suppose to win this one and they did. That's not the eye opening portion of this. The fact that they are 3-1 is!
Before the season, I said the Vikings would be a team to watch with a lot of seniors back and 4 of 5 offensive linemen back. So far, they are holding up their end of the deal.
This is the first time since 2009 North has been 3-1. They have a good chance to get to 4-1 as they take on 1-3 Rocky River this Friday in our Ford Charlotte Game of the Week.
This program has never had a winning record under current head coach Brad Baker and has not made the playoff under his leadership. They are certainly in a good position to get that done this year provided they fair well in the MECKA 4A. As you will read later in this blog, fairing well in the MECKA may not be an easy task.
#2. Indian Land over Lewisville 27-14
Let's head down to South Carolina and much like North Meck, great things were expected at Indian Land with 17 starters back. But expecting is one thing and delivering is another. So far, the Warriors are getting it done as they are 3-0 for the first time since 2010.
This is the last year for Indian Land at 2A as they will move to 3A next season as part of the state wide realignment plan. They picked a great time to be good as they look to payback some teams that have had their number over the years.
Region 4-2A is primarily made up of schools in Chesterfield and Lancaster County. The Chesterfield County schools have given the Warriors fits as they are 8-29 all time against the likes of Central Pageland, Chesterfield, and Cheraw.
This Friday, they hope to start that payback as they take on 0-3 Cheraw. The Braves have beaten the Warriors four straight seasons including 48-3 in 2014.
#1. Northwestern smashes Greenwood 52-7
Northwestern made a big statement this past Friday as they smashed Greenwood 52-7. Greenwood came into the game as the #9 team in the state of South Carolina in 4A football. The Trojans promptly said, "who cares!"
In the win, they racked up 603 total yards with 498 coming thru the air via the "Air Raid" offense.
Transfer QB Gage Moloney has taken a liking to his new offense. In the win over the Eagles, he would have just one incompletion the entire game. He missed on his first pass of the game before connecting on 21 straight.
His stat line reads like someone playing a video game. He was 21 of 22 passing for 449 yards and 6 passing TD. Oh yeah, he also had a 47 yard TD run and finished with 69 yard rushing.
You have to also give a shout out to the defense as they shut out Greenwood. The Eagles only points came on an interception return for a TD against the Trojans back up QB. This following a shutout of Irmo the previous Friday.
This Friday, they have a stiff test against rival South Pointe who enters the game 4-0 and coming off a big win over Vance.
Cleveland County is at it again!
It is a known fact that some of the best high school football in this area is in Cleveland County. The last 2 seasons, the county has had 2 teams play for state championships in their respective classification.
In 2013, Shelby (2A Champs) and Crest (3AA Runner Ups) played for all the marbles and last year they would do it all over again. Shelby would defend their 2A title and Crest would win the 3A title.
In 2015, Shelby and Crest are at it once again, but they are also raising the game of the other high schools in the county. Shelby is 4-0, Crest is 3-0, Burns is 3-0, and Kings Mountain is 4-0. That's right, no team in Cleveland County has lost a football game in 2015. That will change this Friday as Kings Mountain takes on Burns in Lawndale.
Hands down, the most impressive team out of the 4 has been Shelby. 3 of the 4 victories from the Golden Lions have come against 3A teams and all of their wins have come against teams with winning records.
Big shout out to Cleveland County football for a great start to the 2015 season.
Impressive conferences thru non conference play
A lot of conference will begin league play this week, but before we get to that, let's take a look at a few conference that caught my eye.
In this conference, 5 of the 7 teams have records of 4-0 or 3-1.
4-0 A.L. Brown
3-1 Mallard Creek
3-1 North Meck
Mallard Creek was looked at as the favorite to repeat as conference champ, but a close win versus Butler and a loss to Byrnes has others in the league thinking they have a chance to dethrone the champs.
This race is going to be a good one as North Meck finally looks like they have turned the corner as a program.
You can say the same for A.L. Brown. As one of the smallest 4A schools in the state trying to compete with much larger schools, they have finally put it all together and are off to a 4-0 start with a lot seasoned 4A leadership, but depth is still a problem for coach Mike Newsome's bunch.
Hough has reloaded after having 4 players off of last year's team sign with ACC schools.
But everyone is looking at the October 16th battle between Mallard Creek at Vance as the game to decide the conference title.
And one thing to also look out for, even though West Charlotte is just 1-3, the Lions are playing teams close. This past week, they only lost by 1 point (35-34) to South Point.
In this conference, 5 of the 8 teams are 4-0, 3-1, or 2-1.
3-0 South Caldwell
2-1 St. Stephens
Even though this conference looks impressive on paper, the jury is still out on how good these teams really are. All of the team's losses have come to opponents with winning records, but the victories are not coming against teams with winning records.
St. Stephens beating 2-2 Bunker Hill 42-16 and Freedom over 2-2 Draughn 61-0 are the only 2 wins over teams with a .500 record.
We will find out a lot about South Caldwell this Friday when they take on 4-0 Maiden. Even though the Blue Devils are a 2A school taking on the 4A Spartans, they are very explosive as they are averaging 41 points per game and beat South 2 years ago 38-14.
With all that said, week 5 will be an interesting one of Football Friday Night.