Travis Durkee: Monday morning quarterback (10/21)
It was a good week for Rutherford County football winning three of four games Friday night. It wasn’t quite as rewarding for South Carolina college fans as Clemson and South Carolina suffered huge losses.
Let’s take a look back on a weekend full of gridiron memories…
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
R-S Central 56, Kings Mountain 20
When I team can beat an opponent by 36 points without throwing a single pass, it’s impressive. And the Hilltoppers (3-4, 2-3 SMAC) were nothing short of that on Friday night.
No matter who toted the football, yards were gained in bunches. R-S Central fished the night with 428 yards and seven rushing touchdowns … impressive.
The Hilltoppers defense was impressive as well considered that 13 of the Mountaineers 20 points came in garbage time and were aided by an onside kick recovery.
Hopefully, R-S Central can avoid a letdown this Friday against East Burke.
Chase 14, North Gaston 13
I’ll admit, I didn’t pick Chase to win this game. I thought North Gaston would easily outscore the Trojans who have been struggling to put something together in recent weeks.
However, for those that watched the first installment of Daily Courier Game Day last Friday, I said Chase (4-4, 1-4 SMAC) would need a big day from Josh Wright (120 yards or more) and big plays from wingbacks Jordan O’Rourke and D’Andre Kelly in order to win this game. Now look at the stats…
Josh Wright: 18 carrries, 132 yards.
D’Andre Kelly: 7 carries, 100 yards with a 37-yard TD.
Jordan O’Rourke: 10 carries, 66 yards with a 23-yard TD.
Check, check and check. Trojans win.
And let’s not discount the clutch extra points by freshman, back-up kicker Preston Walker that proved to be the difference.
East Rutherford 10, Draughn 6
Kudos to the Cavaliers.
East Rutherford needed a huge night from its defensive line to keep the potent Draughn rushing attack at bay, and they did just that.
This is exactly what the Cavaliers (3-5, 3-2 SMAC) needed to bounce back from two big loses to Burns and Shelby. Now they welcome another Cleveland County power, Crest, to Forest City for this Friday’s homecoming before closing the season with county clashes against R-S Central and Chase.
Community School of Davidson 9, Thomas Jefferson 7
This has to be hard to swallow for Thomas Jefferson fans.
I never thought the Gryphons (6-2, 1-1 SPC) would lose this game coming off a big comeback win against Cherryville. Maybe they got a little complacent or CSD was much better than anyone expected.
Either way, hopefully this serves as a wake-up call for TJCA as they head into Bessemer City this Friday for a game that could very well decide the conference title.
No. 5 Florida State 51, No. 3 Clemson 14
Well, I guess it’s back to the Chic-Fil-A Bowl for the Tigers.
Fifth-year starter Tajh Boyd had a chance to prove all the doubters wrong and jump to the front of the Heisman trophy race on his home field; instead, he got wildly outplayed by FSU’s redshirt freshman Jameis Winston.
No. 10 Miami 27, North Carolina 24
The Tar Heels almost righted their season with one big win. However, costly mistakes bit Carolina again and proved why they’ve only won one game in 2013.
Tennessee 23, No. 11 South Carolina 21
I should have seen this coming after Georgia needed overtime to down the Volunteers. Now the Gamecocks fall victim to the orange and white and can kiss their BCS bowl hopes goodbye.
Panthers 30, Rams 15
Just watching on TV I could feel the electricity in Bank of America Stadium.
Hopefully my Panthers can ride the momentum of consecutive wins into Tampa Bay this Thursday night in primetime.
Colts 39, Broncos 33
Am I the only one shocked that Peyton didn’t lead a comeback?
Regardless, I’m happy for Andrew Luck. This should certainly help him step out of the Manning shadow.