UA football

Union Academy’s football team opened league play with a home loss to Mt. Pleasant on Friday.

The Sun Valley High football program snapped a 10-game losing streak Friday night with a 30-0 win over Central Pageland (S.C.). Prior to Friday night, the Spartans’ last win came against Piedmont on Nov. 8, 2019.

This was Sun Valley’s first game since head coach Drew Hackett — who took over ahead of the 2020 spring season — stepped down from the position last week. The Spartans were led Friday by interim coach Quay Chambers, a former Monroe standout who played collegiately at Duke and currently calls Sun Valley’s offensive plays.

Sun Valley now has more wins in one week without Hackett than it did in 10 games with him.

Scoring touchdowns for the Spartans (1-4 record) on Friday were junior receiver Eli Fletcher, junior running back Toney McFadden and senior tight end Denmar Chambers. All three of Sun Valley’s touchdowns came from at least 35 yards out. The Sun Valley defense also forced four Central Pageland fumbles.

Sun Valley will look to make it two wins in a row Friday as it travels to face Cuthbertson in its Southern Carolina Conference opener. The last time these two teams played, on Oct. 25, 2019, the Cavaliers were victorious, 31-21.

Mount Pleasant 56, Union Academy 0

The Union Academy football team fell to Mount Pleasant at home, 56-0, on Friday night. The Cardinals are now 0-6 on the season and have lost their six games by an average of 48.5 points per game.

Union Academy was held to three first downs and just 102 yards of total offense Friday. Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant ran for 212 yards and six touchdowns on 29 carries and completed 7-of-9 pass attempts for 131 yards and another score.

The Cardinals return to action Friday night at home against conference foe North Stanly. Union Academy hasn’t played North Stanly since Nov. 4, 2016, when the Comets dominated the Cardinals, 41-14.

Odds and ends ...

... Four teams in the Southern Carolina Conference (Porter Ridge, Cuthbertson, Piedmont and Marvin Ridge) were all off this week. All four will play this Friday when conference play opens up.

... Metrolina had a week off after defeating SouthLake Christian Academy, 28-6, on Sept. 17. The Warriors will host Trinity Christian this Friday.