Cuthbertson, Weddington notch key conference wins

Weddington's Max Brimigion hauls in a pass against Piedmont. (Photo by Ashleigh Mock)

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Cuthbertson is on a roll after rallying to defeat Monroe 34-27 on Oct. 6 but the Cavaliers face their biggest Southern Carolina Conference test of the season when undefeated Marvin Ridge visits Friday, Oct. 13.

Both Cuthbertson (4-3) and Marvin Ridge (7-0) enter the game with 3-0 conference records. Cuthbertson has won four of its last five games.

“We are thrilled to be playing at home and these are the games you want to be in,” said Cuthbertson head coach David Johnson. “Our kids have worked hard. It should be a great atmosphere. Right now, everyone is chasing Marvin Ridge and (Charlotte) Catholic. Marvin Ridge looks like a well-oiled machine.”

Cuthbertson fell behind 13-0 to Monroe but running back Myles Wallace rushed 29 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Davis Walker was 12-of-24 passing for 166 yards and one touchdown as the Cavaliers defeated the Redhawks for the first time in school history. Monroe had won the first eight meetings between the two schools.

Josh Blocker had five catches for 100 yards for Cuthbertson. Trevor Grant had four catches for 56 yards.

“Monroe came out super energized and they were very good the first couple of series and that put us behind the eight-ball,” Johnson said. “But we were able to settle ourselves and Josh Blocker had a huge catch on that first drive that got us in the red zone. Then we got the touchdown catch from Trevor Grant.

“Once we scored, we settled in and started playing well.”

Wallace now has 726 yards rushing on the year with six touchdowns and the junior is averaging 5.0 yards a carry.

“Myles Wallace had a really, really good game,” Johnson said. “When you have almost 160 yards rushing you really have to give some credit to your offensive line. Myles did a great job of seeing the holes.”

Walker is now 93-of-174 passing for 1,134 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year. He has thrown just four interceptions.

“Davis did just what we needed,” Johnson said. “He didn’t have a huge night but he managed the game. I thought he did a good job of moving the ball around and he got it in different people’s hands. He hit the open receivers and moved the ball down the field.”

Senior defensive back Jack Davis had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown and Carter Kendall, Josh Sepe and Deaundre Scott had 13 tackles each for the Cavaliers.

“The defense as a whole got punched in the mouth early,” Johnson said. “Then they steadied the ship. The defense did a good job of not wavering.”


Quarterback Whitner Litton passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns and the Weddington defense turned in a solid performance as the Warriors defeated Piedmont 29-6 in a Southern Carolina Conference game on Oct. 6.

Weddington (5-2, 2-1 SCC) hosts Parkwood on Friday, Oct. 13. Weddington also has SCC games left with Marvin Ridge (away), Monroe (away) and Cuthbertson (home). Weddington is the defending Class 3AA state champions.

Piedmont took an early 6-0 lead but Weddington took a 22-6 lead at halftime. Weddington then put the game away when Litton tossed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Will Shipley in the fourth quarter.

“Piedmont has a good football team and our kids hung in there,” said Weddington head coach Tim Carson. “We bounced back from that first score. The offense they run takes a little bit to adjust to and you really can’t simulate it in practice the way you need to.”

Carson said one of the keys on defense for the Warriors was the play of linebackers Eamon Murphy, Alec Mock and Branson McGee.

“Defensively, we did a good job with Piedmont,” Carson said. “Our linebackers led the team in tackles. They played a good game for us.”

Weddington finished with over 300 yards of offense but Carson said the offense could have done more.

“We still left a lot of points on the field that we could have got,” Carson said.

Parkwood is winless in the SCC but Carson said the Rebels have quality players on both sides of the football.

“Parkwood is big up front and they have some skill kids that can run,” Carson said. “I don’t think their record shows how good they are. Parkwood is a good football team and we will have to play a good, sound football game to win.”

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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