Porter Ridge High’s football team, playing for the first time in three weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions, kept its undefeated record intact with a 25-14 home win over Ardrey Kell on Friday night.
The win was the Pirates’ first over the Knights (3-1) in program history.
Porter Ridge (3-0 record) scored on touchdown runs by senior O’Marion Taylor and sophomore Danny Kennedy, while senior Malachi Howell caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from fellow senior Myles Carroll. The Pirates also got a field goal from senior Braeden McAlister.
Taylor rushed 23 times for 120 yards and Kennedy had 94 rushing on just two carries — breaking off runs of 50 and 44 yards. The Pirates rushed 37 times for 314 yards, an average of 8.5 yards per attempt.
Carroll completed 7-of-12 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown without an interception.
Porter Ridge is allowing an average of just 8 points per game this season.
In addition to catching a touchdown pass on offense, Howell led the Pirates’ defense with seven tackles and six quarterback hurries. Porter Ridge’s defense had three interceptions, including two by junior Tristan Stitt and one by senior David Oden.
The Pirates held Ardrey Kell to a season-low 14 points; the Knights defeated Weddington, 38-21, the previous week. Porter Ridge currently doesn’t have an opponent for this Friday but is searching for one.
Marvin Ridge 42, Alexander Central 8
After a week off following a loss to Ardrey Kell, Marvin Ridge dominated Alexander Central on the road, 42-8, on Friday night.
The Mavericks (3-1 record) were led offensively by senior running back Caleb Kelson, who ran the ball just six times but racked up 121 yards (20.3 ypc) and three touchdowns. Sophomores Evan Medders and Jeremiah Liszewski combined for 137 yards rushing and three more scores to help put the game out of reach.
Marvin’s defense forced two turnovers against Alexander Central (3-1).
In addition to rushing 11 times for 71 yards and two touchdowns, Medders was 11-of-19 passing for 156 yards.
Defensively, senior safety Luke Raykovicz had a team-high 13 tackles (11 solo) and sophomore end Mark Arthur had 12 tackles.
Devin Reed, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle, had three sacks and a QB hurry while finishing with nine tackles.
The Mavericks also got an interception from sophomore Jake Schumacher.
The Mavericks are off this week but open Southern Carolina Conference play Oct. 1 with a home game against Porter Ridge.
Cuthbertson 27, Jay M. Robinson 6
Cuthbertson (2-3 record) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-6 win over previously undefeated Jay M. Robinson (4-1) at home Friday night.
The Cavaliers got a big game from senior A.J. Colombo, who completed 9-of-14 pass attempts for 245 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. He also ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Catching the touchdown passes for the Cavaliers were seniors Thomas Stamper and Matthew Grant and sophomore Keenan Jackson. Grant caught three passes for 96 yards on the night while Jackson had three catches for 92 yards.
On defense, junior Cason Johnson and sophomore Evan Taylor both came down with an interception for CHS, while sophomore Rocco Fazzolari had three tackles for loss and a sack.
Senior Isaac Rieken had two sacks for the Cavaliers, and junior Killian Fahy had a team-high 11 tackles.
Cuthbertson is off this Friday. The Cavaliers will return to the field Oct. 1 for their SCC opener at home against Sun Valley.
Forest Hills 13, Montgomery Central 10
Forest Hills is above .500 after a 3-point win over Montgomery Central on Friday. The Yellow Jackets have now won two straight games over Montgomery Central, including a 20-12 win this past spring.
At 3-2, Forest Hills sits above .500 for the first time since Week 1. The Yellow Jackets haven’t finished .500 or better in a season since going 8-4 under former coach John Lowery back in 2014.
Head coach Jammie Deese’s team will return to action Oct. 1 on the road against Parkwood in both teams’ Rocky River Conference opener. The Wolf Pack have won three of the past four meetings between the two teams.
Lake Norman Charter 48, Union Academy 18
Union Academy lost by 30 points to Lake Norman Charter on Friday and now sit at 0-5 on the season.
The Cardinals have been outscored by an average of 47 points per game this fall. Before Friday, The Cardinals generated more offense in Friday’s loss. Union Academy had scored 26 points across its first four games.
The Cardinals host Mount Pleasant for their conference-opener on Friday. The Tigers are currently 3-2 on the season but have dropped back-to-back games to Northwest Cabarrus and Lake Norman.