Travis Durkee: Monday morning quarterback
I’ve been known to enjoy my Mondays and utilize my day off to do anything but sit in front of my computer, unless I’m checking on my fantasy teams. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t think about sports … that never stops.
So I’ll use this easy morning/early afternoon to compile my thoughts about the weekend of football that conspired in the days prior. This is my chance to throw out my opinions about the performances of local high school programs, regional college action and a few select NFL games.
Let the fun begin …
Thomas Jefferson 35, Rabun Gap 13
At first glance this seems like a solid win for the Gryphons, and I’m not going to discredited head coach Jerry Cash and his boys.
Quarterback Mason Martin, who Cash praises for his raw talent and athleticism, seems to be coming into his own as a passer and a runner with 290 total yards (192 passing, 98 rushing).
However, 28 of TJCA’s 35 points came in the first quarter. That means the Gryphons were outscored 13-7 in the final three quarters and held scoreless in the second half. I guess Rabun needed some time to recover from its trip to N.C.
And don’t tell me that Thomas Jefferson (4-1) was letting off the gas with a big lead, because Martin wasn’t replaced at QB until midway through the fourth quarter.
As I said, I’m not discrediting the win but the Gyphons can’t expect to keep winning with just a half of quality football … especially in the playoffs.
TJCA travels to conference opponent Highland Tech Friday for a non-conference game … I know.
Chase 13, Draughn 7
Thank goodness it was homecoming at Allen Stadium because the handful of sparkling, beautiful homecoming dresses were certainly needed to offset the ugly 60 minutes of football that happened on the field.
Chase (3-2, 1-2 SMAC) finished the night with 125 of total yards and just four first downs. Luckily for the Trojans, the Wildcats were stricken with a serious case of fumblitis and put the ball on the turf in numerous critical situations. The only Chase touchdown came on a 76-yard fumble return by Malik Young in the second quarter.
Draughn keyed-in on the Chase running game and held Josh Wright to just 43 yards on 12 carries. And that’s all they needed to do because quarterback Tyrell Boykins failed to complete a single pass.
Chase head coach Daniel Baily preached the importance of the play-action passing game prior to Friday night’s game, but Boykins and the Trojans just didn’t connect.
Chase travels to Crest this Friday after what Bailey stated would be a tough week of practice. And be you can rest assured knowing that a repeat performance won’t end in a victory for Chase.
Crest 33, R-S Central 17
Despite the loss, I’m feeling a lot better about the Hilltoppers. Crest is no joke and R-S Central took a 17-14 lead into halftime.
Head coach Mike Cheek and his team might be realizing that they can play with teams.
The Hilltoppers are a stout running team with three formidable ball carriers, but quarterback play has hampered the passing attack … until the last two weeks.
Jay’len Hollis tossed two touchdown passes in a loss at Draughn and connected with Rashuan Whitesides for a score in Friday night’s battle with Crest where he threw for almost 100 yards in the first half.
Crest found a way to neutralize Hollis in the second half but Crest head coach Mark Barnes said after the game that the run game was their main defensive priority.
If Hollis continues to develop and puts together a decent passing game to couple with the ground attack, the Hilltoppers could steal a win or two late in the year.
The Hilltoppers have their second bye week of the year this week.
No. 3 Clemson 56, Wake Forest 7
Third-ranked Clemson rolled over ACC foe Wake Forest, as they should. National Championship hopes are alive and well in Death Valley.
No. 9 Georgia 44, No. 6 LSU 41
This was the game of the weekend, no doubt. The SEC continues to showcase why it’s the premiers football conference in the country.
No. 12 South Carolina 28, UCF 25
The Gamecocks definitely escaped this one. Even before QB Conner Shaw went down they knew it would be a tough contest, luckily the rest of the team stepped up for head coach Steve Spurrier.
East Carolina 55, North Carolina 31
The Tar Heels are disappointing. I understand the Pirates are a solid team, but ACC teams should beat C-USA teams at home.
Charlotte 45, Presbyterian 21
This was the 49ers’ first road win in the program’s history and it can go a long way for a team’s confidence. I hope it helps them this week against a ranked Gardner-Webb team, if not I’ll hear plenty of trash-talk from Jacob Conley.
Gardner-Webb 55, Point 7
Vikings 34, Steelers 27
The Steelers can’t win anywhere, even across the pond.
Seahawks 23, Texans 20
How can you not love Russell Willson? Whether it be his electric play on the field or his incredibly articulate and well-spoken press confereces, he amazes me every week. Oh, and he went to NC State for a little bit.
Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10
NC State product Mike Glennon made his debut and looked as if he’s dominate early on, but the Cardinals proved to be just a little less bad than Tampa Bay and stole a win.
Chargers 30, Cowboys 21
Another NC State QB, Philip Rivers, is quite possibly the complete opposite of Russell Wilson. He can hardly run and he’s so easy to hate. However, he does have something in common with Russell aside from the Wolfpack background, he’s winning.