The Cuthbertson football team fell just short of an upset Monday night against Charlotte Catholic. The Cavaliers (2-3) held strong with the Cougars (5-1) the entire night until Catholic won, 26-19, with less than 30 seconds remaining on a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Cuthbertson opened the scoring Monday on a one-yard touchdown run by senior Myles Teasley. Charlotte Catholic scored two touchdowns to eventually take the lead, but the Cavaliers blocked both extra points to keep the game within striking distance.

Trailing, 18-13, after allowing a touchdown and tacking on a field goal, Cuthbertson took the lead briefly on an 18-yard touchdown pass from senior Evan Bernard — who finished the game 17-of-22 for 169 yards and a touchdown — to fellow senior Seth Eighmy with less than 30 seconds remaining. An excessive celebration penalty followed by an offsides call on the kickoff, however, caused Cuthbertson to kick off from its own 20-yard line. Catholic returned the ball to the Cavaliers’ 40-yard line and scored on the next play to steal the victory.

Likely out of playoff consideration, Cuthbertson will try to finish the regular season strong Friday night at home against Weddington (5-0). The Cavaliers are 1-11 in 12 all-time meetings against the Warriors, with the lone win coming by a score of 42-38 on Oct. 17, 2014.

Marvin Ridge at Charlotte Catholic

After a 28-6 victory over Sun Valley last Thursday, the Marvin Ridge football team will have a chance to punch its playoff ticket Friday as it travels to face Charlotte Catholic.

At 5-1, a win would likely mean a postseason berth for the Mavericks, who enter the game on a three-game winning streak. Marvin Ridge’s only loss of the season came to Monroe, 33-17, back on Mar. 5.

Cuthbertson showed the Cougars are vulnerable on Monday night. To take home the win, the Mavericks will need a strong showing from freshman quarterback Evan Medders, who has started the past two games under center for head coach Aubrey Carter. Luckily for Medders, he has plenty of upperclassmen help on offense in senior receiver Ethan Robitaille and senior receiver Bryce Yaggi.

Marvin Ridge is 0-5 all-time against Catholic. In 2019, the Cougars escaped with a 14-7 win thanks to two touchdown runs by running back Paul Neel.

Parkwood at Monroe

After falling to Weddington last week, the Monroe football team will likely need a win and some help to make the 3A state playoffs. The Redhawks are currently 4-2 on the year and sit in third place behind the Warriors and Charlotte Catholic in the Southern Carolina Conference standings.

Parkwood, meanwhile, is 2-4 but is coming off a close win over Piedmont last Thursday. The win over the Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak for the Wolf Pack, who are in their first season under head coach Terry Gittens.

The Wolf Pack won the meeting between the two teams last season, 16-14, thanks to two rushing touchdowns by senior quarterback Brock Cain. Before that, Monroe had won each of the past nine meetings between the two teams.

Friday could feature a big performance from Monroe junior receiver Shaleak Knotts, who is due for a huge game after catching just nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown so far this season.

Porter Ridge at Hickory Ridge

The only other county game with potential playoff implications this week sees the Porter Ridge football travel to face Hickory Ridge. At 4-2, the Pirates are tied with Hickory Ridge for third in the Southwestern 4A Conference standings.

Porter Ridge will need to win plus get some help if it hopes to make the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season under head coach Michael Hertz. The Pirates are coming off a close loss to conference leader Myers Park last Thursday.

Through six games, Porter Ridge has been led offensive by junior O’Marion Taylor, who has carried the ball 98 times for 485 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, junior Malachi Howell has been a force along the defensive line, racking up a team-high 33 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two sacks.

In 2019, Porter Ridge fell to Hickory Ridge, 51-48, at home. The Pirates gave up over 450 yards of total offense in the loss, but a majority of that came from senior quarterback Kobe Clifton, who has since graduated from Hickory Ridge.

Odds and ends …

… In the Rocky River Conference, Forest Hills (2-4) will wrap up the regular season on the road against North Stanly. Central Academy (0-4), meanwhile, will face Montgomery Central at home.

… After picking up its first win of the season Thursday against Highland School of Technology, the 1-4 Union Academy football team will end the season Friday at home against Mountain Island Charter.