Football Roundup: Marvin Ridge, Parkwood Roll To Wins

Marvin Ridge's Cole Hopkins (10) and Nate Crouse stop a South Meck runner. (Photo by Greg Arthur)

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Marvin Ridge 33, South Mecklenburg 19

Quarterback Bryce McLain and running back Caleb Deveaux both eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark and the Marvin Ridge defense came up big at critical times as the Mavericks opened the season with a 33-19 win against South Mecklenburg.

“We played pretty well in all three phases,” said Marvin Ridge head coach Aubrey Carter. “But we have to clean up some of the penalties and things like that. For week one, I feel like we are in a pretty good place.”

McLain rushed 13 times for 120 yards and he completed 9-of-16 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

“Bryce, obviously, is a pretty dynamic kid,” Carter said. “He does a bunch of different things for us and he had a pretty good game. He contributed with both his arm and his legs.”

Deveaux also carried 13 times for 120 yards as the Mavericks rolled up 299 yards rushing while averaging 6.8 yards a carry. Isaiah Williams rushed 16 times for 50 yards and a touchdown for the Mavericks.

“Our offensive line did a pretty good job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” Carter said.

South Meck grabbed an early 7-0 lead but the Mavericks led 10-7 at halftime. They led 26-7 early in the fourth quarter after a 48-yard field goal by Williams.

“The defense played really well,” Carter said. “We gave up a couple of things late that we probably shouldn’t have. But I thought we played extremely well.”

The road does not get any easier for Marvin Ridge as they travel to Kannapolis A.L. Brown Friday. Brown defeated Hopewell 56-0 in the season opener. Running back Jaron Cooper rushed for 113 yards for Brown in the win while running back Nick Lyerly added 109 yards on the ground.

Brown held Hopewell to just 89 yards of total offense.

“Kannapolis is a really good football team,” Carter said. “It’s established that they are pretty good. We know it is going to be a highly competitive game in a good football environment. But that is why we schedule quality opponents early in the season to see where we are and what we have got.”

Parkwood 64, CATV 0

Parkwood scored 34 points in the first quarter and the Rebels never looked back in posting the school’s first shutout since 2013. Parkwood travels to Forest Hills Friday night. Forest Hills fell to Sun Valley 60-20 in the season opener.

Porter Ridge 27, Cuthbertson 20

A second-half comeback was not enough for Cuthbertson as the Cavaliers fell 27-20 to Porter Ridge in the season opener.

Cuthbertson quarterback Davis Walker was 10-of-20 passing in the second half with three touchdown passes. Trevor Grant, Kris Weber and Anthony Camarda all caught touchdown passes for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers defense only gave up seven points in the second half after Porter Ridge took a 20-0 lead at halftime.

Josh Sepe led the Cuthbertson defensive effort with 18 tackles. Carter Kendall added 11 tackles and two sacks for the Cavaliers while Joeseph Rizzo finished with 11 stops.

Cuthbertson travels to Jay M. Robinson Friday night.

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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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