Football Roundup: Weddington Remains Unbeaten

Weddington's Alec Mock (42) makes a tackle during the Warriors' victory over East Meck. (Photo by Ashleigh Mock).

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Weddington remained undefeated and the Warriors won for the 15th-straight time after a 30-14 win over East Mecklenburg Sept. 8 at home.

Weddington, the Class 3AA defending state champions, will hit the road Friday when they travel to Crest. Weddington then will open Southern Carolina Conference play Sept. 22 against Sun Valley at home. Weddington then faces Charlotte Catholic at home on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Crest (1-2) lost 21-14 to Shelby on Sept. 8. The Chargers took a 14-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

“Crest is a very good football team,” said Weddington coach Tim Carson. “They have some young men stepping up also. They are very athletic and they are very sound on defense. It is going to be a big test on both sides of the football Friday night.”

Weddington quarterback Whitner Litton was 19-of-28 passing for 250 yards and one touchdown in the win over East Meck.

“Early in the game, he made some plays with his feet to get away from some defenders,” Carson said. “He kept his eyes down field and he found some receivers open. In the second half, he found some holes in the defense and we capitalized on them.”

James Shipley and Max Brimigion had five catches each for the Warriors. Weddington (3-0) led 17-7 at halftime and the Warriors took a 23-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

“The offense did a good job, especially moving around and scrambling,” Carson said. “Our receivers caught the ball pretty well. They played pretty well. On Max’s touchdown, he was laying on the ground and he caught the ball.”

Cuthbertson High

Kings Mountain outscored Cuthbertson 21-3 in the second half as the Mountaineers rallied for a hard-fought 27-17 win against the Cavaliers Friday, Sept. 8. The Cavaliers (1-3) have a bye Friday and they return to action Sept. 22 when Parkwood High visits for the Southern Carolina Conference opener. Parkwood is 2-2 after losing 27-24 to Buford (Lancaster, S.C.) Sept. 8.

Cuthbertson led 14-6 at halftime and the game was tied 17-17 late in the fourth quarter but Kings Mountain scored 10-straight points to pull away for the victory.

“I was proud of our boys, Kings Mountain is a very good football team,” said Cuthbertson head coach David Johnson. “Kings Mountain is big and they do some things very, very well. Their size got to us in the second half and we couldn’t get anything going. What it came down to is we couldn’t get anything sustained in the second half.

“With about three minutes to go, Kings Mountain punched one in and then we went four-and-out and then they got a field goal with about 20 seconds left to ice it. We just came up a little bit short.”

Myles Wallace rushed for 96 yards on 18 carries in the loss to the Mountaineers. Logan Mauldin rushed for a touchdown for the Cavaliers.

Cuthbertson receiver Kris Weber had three catches for 42 yards and one touchdown against Kings Mountian.

Defensively, Carter Kendall, Josh Sepe, Tanner Vinson and Deaundre Scott had 10 tackles each for the Cavaliers. Kendall had four sacks for 28 yards in losses while Sepe recovered a fumble. Cuthbertson had seven sacks in the game.

“Carter played extremely well,” Johnson said.

Cuthbertson’s Jackson Cheek added an interception.

Johnson said that Parkwood will be a big challenge for the Cavaliers on Sept. 22

“We are going to go into the bye week and focus on ourselves and get better on what we do,” Johnson said. “We will then move towards Parkwood. They have put up some points this season and we are going to have to have two good weeks of practice.”

Parkwood High

The Rebels suffered a tough 27-24 loss to Buford (S.C.) Friday, Sept. 8 and the Rebels will now use the bye week to get several key players back on the field. Parkwood was forced to use its third-string quarterback against Buford and other key players are also injured.

Rebels coach Tim Speakman is hopeful that starting quarterback Eli Ackerman can return for the Sept. 22 conference opener at Cuthbertson. Senior lineman Josh Childress also missed the Buford game and starting running back J.J. Benton has been hobbled with an injury but did play last week.

“It was a tough loss, but we should have won,” Speakman said. “We were playing with a third-string quarterback and that narrowed down our offensive scheme. But at the same time, we have to be better offensively, and we have to be better up front. Every game this year, we have come on in the second half but we have started off slow. We can’t start off slow.”

“We are banged up. This week will help us get back on track.”

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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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