CHARLOTTE — Two weeks ago, on Sept. 10, the Weddington football team lost a road game at Ardrey Kell, snapping a 25-game regular season winning streak for the Warriors. WHS had a week off after the Ardrey Kell game to regroup, and head coach Andy Capone’s team entered Friday night’s game against Olympic hungry to prove themselves. The result was a 28-0 win over the previously undefeated Trojans, 28-0.
“I think the team responded well after the loss,” said Capone, whose team improved to 4-1. “We had a good week of bye week practice and a good week of preparation for this game. We came out ready to go and had a good first drive and the defense played well the whole game. We just have to limit our mistakes offensively ... I wanted us to be a little more consistent offensively, but I thought the mindset and the mentality of the team was great heading into the game.”
Weddington’s offense was too much for Olympic to handle Friday. The Warriors racked up over 400 yards of total offense, including 220 yards on the ground. WHS senior running back Kyle Parsons opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.
Parsons finished the game with 101 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. This season, Parsons has carried the ball 82 times for 346 yards (4.2 ypc) and four touchdowns while also catching 11 passes for 134 yards and another score.
Weddington also found a lot of success throwing the ball. Both of Weddington’s touchdowns in the second quarter came on passes from senior quarterback Grady Brosterhous to senior receiver Landyn Backey — the first a 42-yard bomb after Backey lost his defender on a double-move, and the second on a tunnel screen that the receiver took 16 yards for the score.
“I feel like our relationship gets better every week,” Backey said, referring to his QB. “Every time I run a route, I feel like Brady’s going to throw me the ball ... I worked on my routes, my hands and the mental aspect of the game (over the offseason). I’ve been trying to watch film and understand the game more.”
Weddington scored one more time on a short touchdown run by Brosterhous in the fourth quarter. The 28-0 win Friday marked Weddington’s first shutout since a 42-0 win over Asheville in the first round of the 3AA state playoffs this past spring.
Since Capone took over coaching duties in 2018, Weddington has shut out 10 opponents. The Warriors have allowed just 9.4 points per game in 45 games since the start of the 2018 season, posting a 42-3 record over that span.
From here, Weddington turns its attention to Southern Carolina Conference play, which begins Friday night as the Warriors hit the road to face Piedmont. The Warriors have a marquee matchup with undefeated Porter Ridge coming on Oct. 8, but Capone assured Friday night that his team wouldn’t make the mistake of looking too far forward.
“Even though we slipped up in the non-conference, our goal of conference champs is still ahead of us,” Capone said. “We need to have a great week and make sure we know that every opponent we play is going to be the best team we’ve played so far. That’s the mentality we have to have. We can’t look ahead. We can’t have let-downs. We have to focus on next week. We have to focus on getting better and not worrying about who’s coming down the line in a few weeks. If we continue to grow and limit mental mistakes and they go into Friday’s game and play hard like they do every week, I think the rest will take care of itself.”
Weddington 28, Olympic 0
W — Kyle Parsons 4 run (Matthew Moonan kick)
W — Landyn Backey 42 pass from Grady Brosterhous (Moonan kick)
W — Landyn Backey 16 pass from Brosterhous (Moonan kick)
W — Brosterhous 2 run (Moonan kick)
Passing: W — Brosterhous 23-29-0 232, Tyler Budge 1-3-0 10
Rushing: W — Parsons 18-101, Dalen Gordon 13-82, Brosterhous 10-26, Backey 2-5, Ben Gretz 1-4, Wesley McElveen 1-2
Receiving: W — Backey 9-130, Ian McDermaid 4-26, Zymill Patterson 3-23, Griffin Reimer 2-26, Camp O’Connell 2-20, Jalen Grullon 1-10, Bryson Dermid 1-5, Stephon Wright 1-(-2)