Travis Durkee: Monday morning quarterback
It’s that time. Monday morning is upon us and the football action of the past weekend has fully sunk in.
As a Charlotte 49er, Saturday was a triumphant day. But as a Carolina Panthers fan, Sunday was another one of the disappointing days.
Like last week, I’ll share a few thoughts on local high school action, regional college games and a few NFL matchups.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Crest 52, Chase 14
You could feel the angst at Crest High School after the Trojans marched down the field on their opening drive and punched the ball into the end zone.
However, once the Chargers got their hands on the football there was no question who the better football team was.
After scoring, Chase (3-3, 1-3 SMAC) kicked the ball to Crest who promptly return it for a touchdown and forced fumbles on the next two Chase possessions and scoring off of both. With a 21-7 lead, Crest hardly had 40 yards of offense.
From there, Chase didn’t stand a chance. Crest managed to run all over the Trojans and a running clock was in effect halfway through the third quarter.
The result wasn’t terribly surprising. Crest is a really good team that will battle with Burns and Shelby for the conference title and Chase is proving more and more each week that they’re a one-dimensional team that can run the ball if you the defense doesn’t have the speed or size to stop them.
If there’s any silver lining for Chase it’s the fact that the only Cleveland County team they have left on the schedule is Kings Mountain and R-S Central is coming to town this Friday.
Burns 31, East Rutherford 0
Burns is good and East Rutherford (2-4, 2-1) had two weeks to watch film and prepare for the Bulldogs. And through the first 24 minutes it looked like the Cavaliers found a way to keep Burns at bay trailing just 9-0 after the first half.
However, football games are 48 minutes and the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 SMAC) made the halftime adjustments to pull away from East Rutherford.
I’m not at all shocked that Burns took this one in convincing fashion, but I am shocked that a Cavaliers team that was averaging 32 points per game was held scoreless off a bye week.
East returns home this week against Shelby.
Thomas Jefferson 46, Highland Tech 0
Thomas Jefferson (5-1) took care of business, no doubt about it. This was a game they should have won and they waltzed into Highland Tech and handled their business and recorded the first shutout in Gryphons football history.
Mason Martin continued his progression under center and Coty Flynn is becoming a solid running option for head coach Jerry Cash.
But let’s pump the brakes for just a moment. Highland Tech went into this game scoring just 19 points through five games in 2013. The last win for the Rams was in 2010.
Pre Jerry Cash era Thomas Jefferson fans knows what it’s like to be a lowly football program … Highland Tech is even worse (judging by the record and scores).
TJCA should run the table the remainder of the season. The conference is bad. I honestly don’t think I can get a good read on this team until the first round of the state playoffs.
Charlotte 53, Gardner-Webb 51
I took the day off to attend this game, and I’ll never regret it.
GWU looked to be and incredibly superior team early on, but Charlotte woke up to tie the game at 24-24 at the half. Then GWU scored 21 quick points to start the third quarter. I thought about leaving. Not just because of the heat, but the five GWU fans behind me we’re (at that moment) my least favorite people in the world.
Then the comeback happened. Charlotte scored 29 points in the fourth quarter and edged the Runnin’ Bulldogs from Boiling Springs.
If you missed the game, I’m sorry. But I’m not sorry for the Charlotte students that didn’t bother to show up. I’ve never seen the stadium so empty. There’s no excuse for a school of nearly 30,000 students to not fill even HALF of its allotted 7,500 seats. That was shameful.
Nonetheless, it was an incredible game that I’ll always remember. And I hope my good friend, colleague and GWU-worshipping Jacob Conley remembers it too.
Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 17
North Carolina is not very good and Virginia Tech’s defense showed up again to shut down what was supposed to be an explosive Tar Heels offense.
UNC head coach Larry Fedora shouldn’t be on the hot seat, it’s too soon for that, but he needs to bring in a solid recruiting class to earn his keep.
No. 6 Florida State 63, No. 25 Maryland 0
FSU quarterback Jameis Winston is for real, Maryland clearly isn’t.
No. 3 Clemson 49, Syracuse 14
With 455 yards passing and five touchdowns, Tajh Boyd is climbing back into the Heisman hunt.
Next Saturday’s home game against Florida State is looking like a real juicy matchup.
Cardinals 22, Panthers 6
Why do you do this to me, Carolina?
Why do you allow me to have so much hope after a blowout of the Giants and two weeks to prepare for a below-average Arizona team just to let me down?
I’m befuddled at this point. I don’t know what to do. I’m can’t blame Cam Newton because I can point to two dropped passes – Steve Smith in the end zone and Brandon Lafell on a fourth and 1 inside of the 5 yard line – that doomed the Panthers.
Hopefully my faith is restored next Sunday at Minnesota.
Colts 34, Seahawks 28
Is anyone else as excited as I am to watch Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson go at it for the next 10+ years?
Broncos 51, Cowboys 48
This was an incredible game. Both offenses played out of their minds. And I’ve never heard a quarterback get so much flack for throwing over 500 yards and five touchdowns.