Football Roundup: Weddington, Marvin Ridge Open SCC Play With Wins

Two Weddington defenders stop Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell. (Photo by Ashleigh Mock).

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Max Brimigion broke up a Sun Valley two-point conversion try on the final play of the game as Weddington defeated the Spartans 36-35 Sept. 22 in the SCC opener for both teams.

Weddington quarterback Whitner Litton passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns, including a 69-yard catch and run for a touchdown by Brimigion.

“Litton spread the ball around and he made some good reads and some good throws,” said Weddington head coach Tim Carson.

The Weddington defense came up with five interceptions, including two by Will Shipley. Weddington led 30-29 at halftime.

“Especially in the second half and on the last drive, the defense did a pretty good job,” Carson said. “The interceptions helped out a great deal and they fought hard throughout the whole game.”

Weddington (4-1, 1-0) will host Charlotte Catholic on Thursday, Sept. 28. Sun Valley is at Parkwood on Sept. 28.

Catholic (5-0, 1-0) defeated Monroe 49-6 in the SCC opener after jumping out to a 35-6 halftime lead. Catholic running back Milan Howard rushed 10 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns against Monroe. Howard has 523 yards rushing this season and he is averaging 8.1 yards a carry.

Catholic quarterback Chris Walton was 6-of-7 passing for 115 yards and two scores against Monroe.

“Catholic is very good and they are going to come in and try and run the ball down our throat,” Carson said. “We will need to get a good plan for those guys. Catholic is a very good football team and there is a reason they are ranked No. 1, No. 2 in the state. They are big up front and they have good skill kids.”

Marvin Ridge

Marvin Ridge held Piedmont scoreless in the second half and quarterback Bryce McLain amassed 323 yards of offense as the Mavericks opened Southern Carolina Conference play with a 42-14 victory against Piedmont Sept. 22.

Marvin Ridge (5-0, 1-0 SCC) led 21-14 at halftime and the Mavericks scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away for the easy win.

McLain was 14-of-24 passing for 214 yards and three touchdowns and the senior rushed 10 times for 109 yards and one touchdown. Marvin Ridge finished with 413 yards of total offense.

Marvin Ridge receivers Sean Brown and Devin Powell had five catches each. Brown had five catches for 40 yards and one score while Powell had 76 yards in receptions and he scored one touchdown. Carson Cross caught a 40-yard pass for a touchdown that gave the Mavericks a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.

Piedmont finished with 263 yards of offense, including 245 on the ground. But Marvin Ridge allowed just 57 yards rushing in the second half.

Caleb Deveaux, Will Smith, James Mozzarella and Steven Walther had six tackles each for the Mavericks. Smith added an interception while Deveaux caused a Piedmont fumble.

Marvin Ridge placekicker Jason Stricker recorded touchbacks on all six of his kickoffs.

Marvin Ridge will look to remain undefeated when they host Monroe on Thursday, Sept. 28.

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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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