Making his first varsity start, Marvin Ridge High junior Cole Delissio looked like a veteran for the Mavericks in their season-opening 19-0 win over Piedmont on Friday.
Delissio, who took over the starting job this offseason after the graduation of Sully McDermott, completed 11-of-15 passes for 159 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in Marvin Ridge’s shutout win. Piedmont (0-1) did a solid job of shutting down the running game, holding the Mavericks to 14 rushing yards on 18 carries, but Marvin Ridge (1-0) was able to do all its damage through the air.
Leading the way among Marvin Ridge’s pass-catchers was senior Ethan Robitaille, who caught three passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Robitaille’s 43-yard touchdown pass from Delissio in the first half was the longest play by either team Friday night.
Snatching Delissio’s other touchdown pass was junior Alex Meeks.
Next up for Marvin Ridge is a road matchup with Monroe on Friday. The Mavericks defeated Monroe at home, 34-14, last season. Piedmont, meanwhile, will search for its first win of the season Friday at Cuthbertson.
Charlotte Catholic 27, Monroe 0Playing in its first game of the season, the Monroe football team was shut out by three-time defending 3A state champion Charlotte Catholic, 27-0, at home Friday night.
The game came just three days after many members of the Monroe football team played the final game of the boys basketball season — a 69-60 loss to West Rowan in the first round of the 3A state tournament. Among those playing both sports for the Redhawks were starting quarterback Khamoni Robinson and four-star receiver Shaleak Knotts.
Monroe (0-1) is now 0-4 against the Cougars since Catholic joined the Southern Carolina Conference ahead of the 2017 season. The Redhawks have been outscored, 138-30, across the four meetings.
The Redhawks will try to right the ship Friday night against Marvin Ridge. The Mavericks and Redhawks have split the last four games between the two teams, with Monroe earning wins in 2016 and 2018 and Marvin Ridge winning in 2017 and 2019.
Central Davidson 26, Forest Hills 6Playing its first game under new head coach Jammie Deese, the Forest Hills football team fell at home to Central Davidson, 26-6, last Thursday night.
The Yellow Jackets (0-1) were unable to slow down Central Davidson’s running game.
The Spartans ran for 299 yards and four touchdowns on 44 carries while only attempting one pass on the night. Two Central Davidson players — junior Cory Casilac and senior Cole Stewart — combined for 218 yards and all four touchdowns on 29 total carries.
Forest Hills hasn’t won its first game to start a season since a 13-6 victory over Anson back on Aug. 21, 2015.
The Yellow Jackets will search for their first win next week when they travel to take on non-conference opponent Union Pines, which won its season-opener, 47-40, over Cummings on Thursday night.
Odds and ends ...… Union Academy fell to Christ the King, 24-20, in its season-opener on Friday night. The Cardinals led by eight points with five minutes left thanks to two touchdown runs by senior Isaac King, but Christ the King was able to score two touchdowns in the closing minutes to snatch the win.
… Central Academy didn’t play in Week 1; the Cougars will start their season Friday night against Concord. The Cougars haven’t played a varsity game since the end of the 2017 season.