Travis Durkee: Monday Morning Quarterback (Oct. 14)
Another weekend of football has come and gone. Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Thomas Jefferson 20, Cherryville 14
This was a telling game for Thomas Jefferson.
Falling behind 14-0 early and coming back to win says a lot about a team.
I had my doubts about the Gryphons (6-1, 5-1 SPC) who played a pretty soft schedule going into conference play. But let's face it, the conference schedule itself isn't terribly imposing.
However, Cherryville is no Highland Tech.
This was a big Ironmen team that the Gryphons shut down the final three quarters of the night.
The Gryphons battled back and got the ball into their playmaker's hands, Efrim Borders.
Borders scored on two screen passes and added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference.
If quarterback Mason Martin can stay healthy and continue to feed Borders, I see no reson for the Gryphons to lose again before the playoffs.
R-S Central 14, Chase 7
Just as a reminder, I did pick this relative upset in Friday's print edition of The Daily Courier. My fellow prognosticators were surprised by my pick, but I wasn't shocked at the result.
The Hilltoppers had two weeks to prepare for a team that's had trouble stopping the run all season and can't get its own passing game going.
Now look at Friday night's stats:
R-S Central rushing: 295 yards, two touchdowns.
Chase passing: 1 completion for -1 yards.
Not to mention Chase turned the ball over five times. If Central didn't turn the ball over two times of its own, the score could have been much worse for Chase.
The Hilltopper defense deserves a load of credit for holding Chase fullback Josh Wright to just 68 yards on 16 carries and picking off three Tyrell Boykins pass attempts.
Hopefully the Hilltoppers (2-4, 1-3 SMAC) can ride a little momentum against a tough Kings Mountain team this Friday for homecoming.
Chase (3-4, 1-4 SMAC) stays home to welcome a North Gaston team that knocked off East Rutherford in a thriller earlier this season.
Shelby 48, East Rutherford 10
Shelby just picked the Cavaliers apart. Plain and simple.
The Cavalier secondary, which head coach Clint Bland said needed to have a big game in order for East to have a chance, gave up 304 yards passing and four touchdowns. Even the Shelby defense scored more points than the East Rutherford offense, 7-3.
The only Cavalier touchdown came on a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Calvin Camp.
Needless to say, East Rutherford (2-5, 2-2 SMAC) needs to improve on both offense and defense this week as they travel to face a surging Draughn team.
Luckily for East, Draughn (3-5, 3-2 SMAC) doesn't air out the football like the Golden Lions.
Coastal Carolina 42, Gardner-Webb 7
I saw this coming, but not to this extent.
The Runnin' Bulldogs were coming off an emotional loss to Charlotte and went back on the road to face a ranked opponent ... not a good combination.
UNC Pembroke 42, Charlotte 22
Come on, 49ers. This was your first homecoming game and you let us all down.
This game was another reminder that this is a first-year program. I guess you can't win them all.
No. 3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14
A little to close for comfort in Death Valley.
A National Championship contender in the Tigers led by Heisman hopeful Tajh Boyd needs to beat a mediocre Boston College team by more than 10 points.
Hopefully this serves as a wake-up call for Clemson before this Saturday's showdown with Florida State.
No. 9 Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38
This was an absoulute thriller. I actually stayed up late to watch a college football game that I had no rooting interest in.
Why? Johnny Manziel. He's incredible.
Texas 36, No. 12 Oklahoma 20
The lovable Mack Brown may have saved his job with this win, but I think he should just go out on top.
Panthers 35, Vikings 10
This was unexpected. Partly because I was a disgruntled fan and partly because the Vikings were at home, fresh off a bye week and riding the emotions of the Adrian Peterson tragedy.
However, Carolina controlled the clock and won the turnover battle.
Cam Newton looked like a franchise quarterback and it was fun to watch.
Now I need to avoid getting too high on the Cats before they let me down next week against the Rams.
Steelers 19, Jets 6
This game was both a dream and a nightmare for the NFL.
A traditional power like the Steelers getting its first win is great for the league, but a game that featured six field goals and just one touchdown isn't.
Rams 38, Texans 13
Hopefully the Rams don't have any points left in them for next week's game here in Carolina.
On the other hand, Bob McNair's Houston Texans in the Super Bowl would have made for a great local angle ... maybe next year.