L.J. Currie rushed for 312 yards to propel Concord past Phillip O. Berry Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. Currie's 312 total is the 3rd highest single game rushing total in Spider history. View records here.
Currie carved through the Cardinal defense for two scores in the first half. Currie ran every play on the first Spider drive and scored on a screen pass on the 2nd possession.
Berry answered with two quick strike touchdown passes to get within two points.
The Spiders spent much of the first half in Berry territory but two red zone turnovers and numerous penalties squashed their scoring chances.
Halftime adjustments proved to work for the Spiders.
Currie and the offensive line continued the rushing assault in the 2nd half.
The Spiders marched down the field to open the 3rd quarter. Jadon Bell plunged in on a 1 yard keeper to put the Spiders up 21-12.
Once again Berry hit the deep pass for another score.
Currie and the offensive line would add 2 more rushing scores in the 3rd to give the Spiders a bit of a cushion.
Zyion Boger picked off a Cardinal pass in the 4th.
Jourdan Heilig came on in relief of Currie late and added his own rushing touchdown from 49 yards.
After the game Currie was quick to credit his offensive line.
The Spider defense was led by Clint Bost Jr., Emmanual Arias, and Zyion Boger each had 4 stops. Boger added 2 interceptions. Sia Olomua and Louis Williams added sacks.
Friday night was the first meeting between the schools.
|L J Currie||5||36||312||3|
|L J Currie||5||1||20||1|
|PLAYER||#||TACKLES||ASSIST||FOR LOSS||SACK||RECOVERY||RET. YDS.||INT.||RET. YDS.||DEF.||KICK|
Concord hosted Pine Forest Friday in the first ever meeting of the schools.
The Spiders took a 7-0 lead after Jadon Bell’s 36 yard touchdown pass to Nick Santiago.
Early in the 2nd Landon Trott added a 35 yard field goal to give the Spiders a 10-0 lead.
The Trojans got on the board midway through the 2nd quarter with a 24 yard touchdown pass from Richard McEachern to Jordan Gladney.
With seconds left in the first half Bell found Joe Bond who hauled in an 8 yard touchdown pass. The drive was kept alive by a spectacular catch by wide receiver Ikym Hall. <photo>
Bond’s catch pushed the Spiders to a 17-7 halftime.
Pine Forest freshman quarterback Jadon Jones provided a spark for the Trojans in the 2nd half.
Jones scored from 11 yards out to get the Trojans with striking distance at 17-13.
After a Spider punt Jones hit Rowdell Robinson on the slant. 63 yards later the Trojans had a 19-17 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.
After giving up scores on two straight possessions the Spiders needed a spark. Antonio Campbell came through with a 90 yard kickoff return touchdown. The Spiders reclaimed the lead and never looked back.
On the next possession Spider linebacker Clint Bost, Jr. stepped in front of a Trojan pass and set the Spiders up at midfield.
Landon Trott hit his second field goal of the night, this time from 26 yards to give the Spiders a 9 point cushion with minutes remaining.
The Spider defense buckled down and Emmanuel Arias broke up a 4th down pass to effectively end the Trojan threat.
He didn’t find the endzone but sophomore tailback L.J. Currie had a sparkling performance. Currie rushed for 173 yards on 27 carries.
The Spider defense came through when it mattered most. Clint Bost Jr. and Jordain Heilig paced the Spiders with 7 solo stops each. The duo
Rick Sandidge had 2 sacks and Joe Coleman added one sack.
C - Santiago 36 yard pass from Bell (Trott XP)
C - Trott 35 yard field goal
PF - Gladney 24 pass from McEachern (Ryan XP)
C - Bond 5 yard pass from Bell (Trott XP)
PF - Jones 18 yard run (XP blocked)
PF - Robinson 63 yard pass from Jones (kick failed)
C - Campbell 75 kickoff return (Clint Bost Jr. 2-pt pass from Santiago)
C - Trott 26 yard field goal
Stats are through Berry Academy Game (6 games)
|PLAYER||#||TACKLES||AST.||FOR LOSS||SACK||RECOVERY||RET. YDS.||TD||INT.||RET. YDS.||TD||DEF.||KICK|
Concord opened the season Friday night taking on former SPC foe Hickory Ridge in Harrisburg. Concord had won the 4 previous meetings but the Bulls grabbed a firm hold on Friday's contest early on.
Bulls senior quarterback Dylan Ratliff ran around left end 70 yards for a touchdown less than a minute into the contest. After a Spider punt Ratliff connected with Jarett Garner on a 27 yard touchdown pass.
Down 16-0, Spider quarterback Jadon Bell and a strong running game got the Spiders back into the contest.
not pictured Jermaine "Hucky" Reid and Howard Boyd - Dale Barbee Photo
|Steve Swayney||Linebackers, Co-Defensive Coordinator|
|Ryan Crowder||Defensive Backs, Co-Defensive Coordinator|
|Tim Thomas||Defensive backs|
|John Porter||Offensive Line|
|Brad Faw||Quarterbacks, WRs, JV Offensive Coordinator|
|Jason Porter||Varsity Defensive Live|
|Steve Hiott||Offensive Game Analyst & Film Prep|
|Jermaine "Hucky" Reid||
Defensive Game Analyst & Film Prep
|Preston Whitley||Running Backs|
|Howard Boyd||Offensive Game Analyst & Film Prep|
|André Reid||JV Defensive Coordinator / DL|
|Doug Billups||JV Linebackers|
|Jeff Smith||JV Defensive Line|
|Fred Merry||Team Chaplain|
|2||Landon Trott||6'||155||DB, K, P||Sr|
|3||Ikym Hall||5' 11||165||DB, WR||Jr|
|5||L. J. Currie||6' 2||205||DB, RB||Soph|
|6||Antonio Campbell||6'||195||DB, WR||Sr|
|7||J. D. Miller||6' 2||215||LB, TE||Sr|
|8||Joe Bond||6'||180||DB, TE||Soph|
|9||Nick Santiago||6' 3||215||TE||Sr|
|10||Jourdan Heilig||6' 2||200||LB, WR||Jr|
|11||Nemo Miller||5' 9||215||DL||Sr|
|12||Jadon Bell||6' 2||235||QB||Sr|
|14||Joe Coleman||6' 1||180||LB||Sr|
|16||Kasahn Glover||5' 9||155||WR||Jr|
|17||Dajon Johnson||5' 8||135||QB||Soph|
|18||Malik Tobias||5' 9||160||WR||Soph|
|19||Khendrell McCrae-Bostick||6' 1||180||DB||Jr|
|22||Emmanuel Arias||5' 10||155||DB||Jr|
|24||Davonte Johnson||5' 10||190||DL||Jr|
|25||Hakeem Krider||5' 8||150||DB||Jr|
|30||Bobby Harris||5' 10||200||LB||Sr|
|33||Clint Bost||6'||215||LB, TE||Jr|
|38||Javiare Valliant||5' 10||170||RB||Jr|
|51||Marshall Eury||5' 11||200||OL, LS||Sr|
|52||Solomon Giles||6' 2||225||OL||Jr|
|68||J. P. Porter||6'5||240||DL||Jr|
|71||Peter Petroff||5' 9||250||OL||Soph|
|72||Josh Newkirk||6' 2||265||OL||Jr|
|73||Sia Olomua||6' 3||300||DL||Sr|
|74||Isaac Cochran||6' 5||290||OL||Sr|
|77||Louis Williams||6' 3||280||DL||Sr|
|80||Dyllon DaSilva||6' 1||200||TE||Jr|
|90||Rick Sandidge||6' 5||290||DL||Sr|
|92||Anthony Flores||6' 1||250||DL||Soph|
Pine Forest (Fayetteville)
Mt. Pleasant (@UNC Charlotte)
Originally published at http://www.wsoctv.com/sports/high-school-football/channel-9-announces-big-22-players-to-watch-class-of-2017/526073455
WSOC-TV Channel 9 and High School Football Extra’s Big 22, brought to you by Bojangles’ Famous Chicken’n Biscuits, announced the 22 high school football players who have been determined as the top pre-season standouts from area high school teams for the 2017 season.
They will be featured throughout the season on Channel 9’s weekly “High School Football Extra” show, along with in-depth coverage on wsoctv.com.
Coaches from public and private high schools located in the WSOC-TV, Channel 9 DMA viewing area in North Carolina and South Carolina were asked to nominate three players from their team and two players from other schools to be considered for the “Big 22.”
The final 22 were selected by the WSOC-TV sports department after reviewing the coaches’ nominations and using a set of judging criteria.
“Recognizing the 'Big 22' players is a great way to showcase these young athletes and demonstrates Channel 9’s ongoing commitment to our community,” said Joe Pomilla, WSOC-TV vice president and general manager.
For the 2017 High School Football season, the “Big 22” are (in alphabetical order by last name):
The “Big 22” players will also be featured on “High School Football Extra Kickoff,” a LIVE prime-time special airing Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. on WSOC-TV Channel 9.
“High School Football Extra” will air Fridays on Channel 9 at 11:35 p.m. starting August 18.