Roundup: Marvin Ridge Rolls To Win; Cuthbertson To Face Anson County

Marvin Ridge's James Mazzarell (40) stops a A.L. Brown player Friday night. (Photo by Greg Arthur)

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Quarterback Bryce McLain was 16 of 21 passing for 198 yards and three touchdowns and the senior rushed for 63 yards on eight carries to help lead Marvin Ridge to a big 35-14 road victory at A.L. Brown Friday night.

Marvin Ridge hits the road again Friday night when the Mavericks (2-0) travel to Ardrey Kell (0-2). Ardrey Kell opened the season with a 28-0 loss at Weddington.

Devin Powell had nine catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns against Brown while Sean Brown had six catches for 64 yards and one score in the victory.

Cuthbertson Returns Home

Home sweet home.

After opening the season with back-to-back road losses against two quality opponents, Cuthbertson returned home Wednesday night when the Cavaliers hosted Anson County (0-2) for the first of three-straight home games. The game was moved from Friday to Wednesday because of the threat of strong storms.

Cuthbertson (0-2) hosts Kings Mountain Sept. 8 before starting Southern Carolina Conference play at home against Parkwood on Sept. 22. Cuthbertson’s bye week is Sept. 15.

“Anson County has also started with two tough teams,” said Cuthbertson head coach David Johnson. “They are very similar to us in that they had a chance to be in both games. They have some good size and they have some athletes. Anson has a big offensive line and they run the ball well.”

Cuthbertson fell 33-8 to Jay M. Robinson Friday night but there were some bright spots for the Cavaliers.

“We have to get back to the fundamentals,” Johnson said. “Things have got away from us the last two weeks and we have to get back to playing like we know we can play.”

Cavaliers quarterback Davis Walker was 13-of-20 passing for 171 yards and one touchdown while Myles Wallace rushed 27 times for 115 yards. Trevor Grant had five catches for 111 yards as the offense rolled up almost 400 yards of offense against Robinson last week.

“We just sputtered out at times when it came time to put the ball in the end zone,” Johnson said. “Davis Walker has been playing well and Trevor Grant has been playing well. Myles Wallace is running the ball well. The offensive line as a whole has played well. We have just made crucial mistakes that have hurt us in both games.”

Defensively, Josh Sepe had 12 tackles, an interception and one forced fumble last week while Carter Kendall has 19 tackles the first two weeks of the season.

“Sepe, Carter Kendall, those two are playing really well,” Johnson said.

Sun Valley 2-0 Going Into Bye Week

Sun Valley moved to 2-0 with a 59-22 win against Anson County and the Spartans have a bye week this Friday. Sun Valley returns to action Sept. 8 when they host Porter Ridge in a nonconference game.

Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell was 20 of 34 passing for 310 yards and four touchdowns against Anson County. For the season, Howell is 33-of-61 passing for 485 yards and nine touchdowns. He has just one interception.

Howell is also the Spartans leading rusher with 31 carries for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Senior receiver Anthony Marple has 12 catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns on the year.

Sun Valley is averaging 284 yards rushing a game and 215 yards passing an outing. Six different Sun Valley players have caught passes this season.

Weddington On The Road

After a bye week last week, the defending Class 3AA state champions travel to Porter Ridge this week. Weddington opened the season with a 28-0 win against Ardrey Kell and the Warriors have won 13-straight games dating back to last season.

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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.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at