11-3-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and tennis, College football and soccer, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker

A South Point High standout was honored by The Charlotte Touchdown Club on Wednesday.

South Point linebacker Ryan Harris (left) with his head coach Adam Hodge

Ryan Harris, a senior linebacker for the Red Raiders, was named the 2021 Luke Kuechly Defensive Player of the Year. Harris has 87 tackles, including two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass interception in 10 games this season for South Point, which hosts Eastern Guilford on Friday in the first round of the N.C. 3A playoffs.

Other area award winners were Lake Norman Charter’s Bob McKay (2021 Coach of the Year), Mount Pleasant’s Jacob Suggs (2021 Thomas Davis Comeback Player of the Year sponsored by Novant Health Sports Medicine), Porter Ridge’s Myles Carroll (2021 High School Leadership Award sponsored by the Carolina Panthers) and Buford, S.C.’s Jarrett Laney (2021 Student-Athlete of the Year Award).

All will receive their awards officially on Dec. 6 at the annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Awards Banquet at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club in conjunction with the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA Division I defensive football player.



High school football

Mountain Island Charter’s Dylan Bisson, South Point’s Tyson Riley and Mountain Island Charter’s Reginald Taylor are the yardage leaders in passing, rushing and receiving, respectively, in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties this season.

Bisson’s 3,436 yards is a new Gaston County single-season record, surpassing Logan Bradley of Forestview’s 3,190-yard total in 2013.

Second-place passer Daylin Lee of Shelby had 2,129 yards. It also marks the 10th straight season the Golden Lions have had a passer throw for 1,900 or more yards.

Riley’s 1,684 yards rushing marks South Point’s first 1,000-yard rusher since the school had 12 straight seasons with at least one 1,000-yarder from 2007 to 2018.

Runner-up rusher Mari Adams of Crest has 1,608 yards and is the most by a Chargers’ player since Tre Harbison’s school-record 2,080 yards in 2015.

Taylor’s 1,105 yards receiving is the ninth-highest total in Gaston County.

Second-place receiver Ryan Thompson (1,016 yards) is the first 1,000-yard receiver for the Bulldogs since Jonah Brooks in 2010.

Here are the top passing, rushing and receiving leaders for schools that have reported their final regular season statistics: (Statistics unavailable for Ashbrook and Highland Tech)


Dylan Bisson, Mtn Isl Charter 3,436
Daylin Lee, Shelby 2,129
Justin Rocquemore, Cramer 1,856
Kandan Zollo, North Gaston 1,795
Ben Mauney, Burns 1,789
Tyler Mizzell, East Lincoln 1,270
Lamont Littlejohn, Kings Mountain 1,105
Austin Parker, Forestview 1,094
Trenton Sherrill, East Gaston 1,041
Chase Miller, Cherryville 940


Tyson Riley, South Point 1,684
Mari Adams, Crest 1,608
Justin Hill, East Gaston 1,563
Markel McKinney, East Gaston 1,057
Brennen Rogers, North Lincoln 1,036
Jeremiah Norris, Burns 986
Ben Patton, Mtn Isl Charter 782
Justice Cooper, Bessemer City 768
Orlandis Howell-Johnson, East Lincoln 664
Cooper Sloan, Cherryville 661


Reginald Taylor, Mtn Isl Charter 1,105
Ryan Thompson, Burns 1,016
Cole Hart, Mtn Isl Charter 860
Brian Coley, North Gaston 759
Markel Clark, East Lincoln 665
Damean Bentley, Cramer 660
Trae Nickelson, Mtn Isl Charter 600
DeAndre Hoyle, Kings Mountain 586
Izay Bridges, Shelby 577
Landon Hahn, Cherryville 541

Friday’s opening round playoff schedule for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Carson at Crest
Franklin at Kings Mountain
Eastern Guilford at South Point
Forestview at Clyde Erwin
Cramer vs. West Charlotte at Waddell
West Rowan at North Lincoln
East Lincoln at Oak Grove

Owen at Shelby
McMichael at Burns
East Gaston at Community School of Davidson
Surry Central at West Lincoln
Lincolnton at Monroe

Cherryville at Cherokee
Bessemer City at North Rowan
Highland Tech at Thomasville

Other area playoff pairings:

Page at Hough
South Caldwell at Chambers
Mallard Creek at Butler
North Meck at Weddington
Northwest Guilford at Kell
Mooresville at Myers Park
West Forsyth at South Meck
Catholic at Marvin Ridge
Providence at Glenn

Enka at Statesville
Hickory at Smoky Mountain

Mount Pleasant at Maiden
East Davidson at Bunker Hill
Newton-Conover at East Surry
Pine Lake Prep at Chase

Avery County at Thomas Jefferson

Ridge View, S.C. at Clover, S.C.





Pro football

Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule called running back Christian McCaffrey “pretty limited” in Wednesday’s practice and, while Sam Darnold was also, the quarterback remains in concussion protocol.

With Darnold unable to participate in full drills, backup P.J. Walker took reps with the first team and is preparing like he will start Sunday’s game against New England; Walker has a 1-0 record as a starter in last year’s home win over Detroit.

Also on Wednesday, the Panthers activated offensive guard Pat Elflein from injured reserve.

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ 2021 schedule (with results):

Sept. 12 New York Jets (W 19-14)
Sept. 19 New Orleans (W 26-7)
Sept. 23 at Houston (W 24-9)
Oct. 3 at Dallas (L 28-36)
Oct. 10 Philadelphia (L 18-21)
Oct. 17 Minnesota (L 28-34, OT)
Oct. 24 at New York Giants (L 3-25)
Oct. 31 at Atlanta (W 19-13)
Nov. 7 New England, 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 21 Washington, 1 p.m.
Nov. 28 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Dec. 12 Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Dec. 18 or 19 at Buffalo, TBD
Dec. 26 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Jan. 2 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m





Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets lost the opener of their five-game, eight-day road trip 114-92 at the Golden State Warriors.

Jordan Poole scored 31 points and former Charlotte Christian and Davidson standout Stephen Curry had 15 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to lead the Warriors (6-1).

Miles Bridges (32 points, 9 rebounds), Gordon Hayward (23 points, 11 rebounds) and LaMelo Ball (14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) led Charlotte (5-4).

Here is the Charlotte Hornets’ full regular season schedule (with results):

Wed. 20 INDIANA (W 123-122)
Fri. 22 at Cleveland (W 123-112)
Sun. 24 at Brooklyn (W 111-95)
Mon. 25 BOSTON (L 129-140, OT)
Wed. 27 at Orlando (W 120-111)
Fri. 29 at Miami (L 99-114)
Sun. 31 PORTLAND (W 125-113)
Mon. 1 CLEVELAND (L 110-113)
Wed. 3 at Golden State (L 92-114)
Fri. 5 at Sacramento 10:00
Sun. 7 at LA Clippers 9:00
Mon. 8 at L.A. Lakers 10:30
Wed. 10 at Memphis 8:00
Fri. 12 NEW YORK 7:00
Sun. 14 GOLDEN STATE 7:00
Wed. 17 WASHINGTON 7:00
Fri. 19 INDIANA 7:00
Sat. 20 at Atlanta 7:30
Mon. 22 at Washington 7:00
Wed. 24 at Orlando 7:00
Fri. 26 MINNESOTA 7:00
Sat. 27 at Houston 8:00
Mon. 29 at Chicago 8:00
Wed. 1 at Milwaukee 8:00
Sun. 5 at Atlanta 6:00
Fri. 10 SACRAMENTO 7:00
Mon. 13 at Dallas 8:30
Wed. 15 at San Antonio 8:30
Fri. 17 at Portland 10:00
Sun. 19 at Phoenix 8:00
Mon. 20 at Utah 9:00
Thu. 23 at Denver 9:00
Mon. 27 HOUSTON 7:00
Wed. 29 at Indiana 7:00
Sun. 2 PHOENIX 7:00
Mon. 3 at Washington 7:00
Wed. 5 DETROIT 7:00
Sat. 8 MILWAUKEE 7:00
Mon. 10 MILWAUKEE 7:00
Wed. 12 at Philadelphia 7:00
Fri. 14 ORLANDO 7:00
Mon. 17 at New York 1:00
Wed. 19 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 21 OKLAHOMA CITY 7:00
Sun. 23 ATLANTA 7:00
Tue. 25 at Toronto 7:00
Wed. 26 at Indiana 7:00
Fri. 28 L.A. LAKERS 7:00
Sun. 30 LA CLIPPERS 1:00
Wed. 2 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 4 CLEVELAND 7:00
Sat. 5 MIAMI 7:00
Mon. 7 TORONTO 7:00
Wed. 9 CHICAGO 7:30
Fri. 11 at Detroit 7:00
Sat. 12 MEMPHIS 7:00
Tue. 15 at Minnesota 8:00
Thu. 17 MIAMI 7:00
Fri. 25 TORONTO 7:00
Sun. 27 DETROIT 7:00
Mon. 28 at Milwaukee 8:00
Wed. 2 at Cleveland 7:00
Sat. 5 SAN ANTONIO 7:00
Tue. 8 BROOKLYN 7:00
Wed. 9 BOSTON 7:00
Fri. 11 at New Orleans 8:00
Mon. 14 at Oklahoma City 8:00
Wed. 16 ATLANTA 7:00
Sat. 19 DALLAS 7:00
Mon. 21 NEW ORLEANS 7:00
Wed. 23 NEW YORK 7:00
Fri. 25 UTAH 7:00
Sun. 27 at Brooklyn 7:30
Mon. 28 DENVER 7:00
Wed. 30 at New York 7:30
Sat. 2 at Philadelphia 12:30
Tue. 5 at Miami 7:30
Thu. 7 ORLANDO 7:00
Fri. 8 at Chicago 8:00





High school boys soccer

Monday’s opening round schedule for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Cramer 2, Freedom 0
Forestview 1, High Point Central 0
St. Stephens 3, South Point 2
North Iredell 3, Ashbrook 2 (2OT): Chevis Seigle had a hat trick for Ashbrook with Gabriel Odom getting two assists and Sanders Zendejas one.
East Lincoln 5, Smoky Mountain 1
North Lincoln 2, Asheboro 1

Shelby 2, Burns 0
Hendersonville 9, East Gaston 0
Lincolnton 2, Wilkes Central 0
Lincoln Charter 4, Robinson 3

Highland Tech 10, Sugar Creek 1
N.C. Leadership Academy 1, Cherryville 1 (OT, NCLA advances on penalty kicks)
Mount Airy 9, Bessemer City 0
W-S Carver 4, Mountain Island Charter 2
Piedmont Community Charter 3, Bishop McGuinness 2

Wednesday’s second round schedule:
North Lincoln d. North Iredell on penalty kicks

Thursday’s second round schedule:
No. 16 East Lincoln at No. 1 Hibriten
No. 11 Forestview at No. 6 North Henderson
No. 15 Foard at No. 2 Cramer

No. 13 Newton-Conover at No. 4 Shelby
No. 23 Lincoln Charter at No. 7 Owen
No. 18 Forest Hills at No. 2 Lincolnton

No. 14 Piedmont Community Charter at No. 3 Mount Airy
No. 21 Cornerstone Charter at No. 5 Highland Tech


Nov. 8 third round schedule:
No. 29 North Lincoln at No. 5 Concord



High school girls tennis

Here are this week’s NCHSAA regional finals dual team pairings. Winners advance to play Saturday in Burlington for the state championships.

#3 Voyager Academy (9-3) vs. #5 Chatham Charter (13-7)
#1 Mount Airy (20-0) vs. #2 Bishop McGuinness (17-2)

#7 Raleigh Charter (15-3) vs. #13 Research Triangle (13-4)
#1 Salisbury (19-0) vs. #2 Hendersonville (16-0)

#5 Cape Fear (15-1) vs. #6 Terry Sanford (12-1)
#1 Forestview (14-0) vs. #2 Lake Norman Charter (19-0)

#1 East Chapel Hill (20-0) vs. #3 Leesville Road (17-1)
#1 Marvin Ridge (18-0) vs. #6 Hough (15-1)







College football

Here’s the Carolinas Division I schedule for this week:

Wake Forest at North Carolina, noon
Pittsburgh at Duke, noon
N.C. A&T at Charleston Southern, 1 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Hampton, 1 p.m.
St. Thomas (Minn.) at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Howard at S.C. State, 1:30 p.m.
Chattanooga at Wofford, 1:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Arkansas State, 2 p.m.
Villanova at Elon, 2 p.m.
Norfolk State at N.C. Central, 2 p.m.
Presbyterian at Valparaiso, 2 p.m.
Furman at Western Carolina, 2 p.m.
Temple at East Carolina, 3 p.m.
The Citadel at Samford, 3 p.m.
Rice at Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.
Campbell at James Madison, 3:30 p.m.
N.C. State at Florida State, 4 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Clemson at Louisville, 7:30 p.m.

Here’s the Carolinas Division II schedule for this week:

Notre Dame, Ohio at UNC Pembroke, noon
Livingstone at J.C. Smith, 1 p.m.
Shaw at Saint Augustine’s, 1 p.m.
Lincoln, Pa. at Chowan, 1 p.m.
Elizabeth City State at Bowie State, 1 p.m.
Virginia Wise at Catawba, 1 p.m.
Wingate at Newberry, 1 p.m.
Tusculum at Mars Hill, 1 p.m.
Limestone at Carson-Newman, 1 p.m.
Erskine at Shorter, 1 p.m.
Winston-Salem State at Fayetteville State, 2 p.m.
North Greenville at Valdosta, 3 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne at Barton, 4 p.m.



College men’s soccer

Belmont Abbey 1, Barton 0: Former Gaston Christian standout Davis McBee scored the only goal as the eighth-seeded Crusaders won on the road at Barton to advance into Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal at No. 4 Lees-McRae.




College women’s soccer

Belmont Abbey 2, Emmanuel 0: Logan Parry and Goose Andrews scored second half goals for the Crusaders, who advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. quarterfinal at No. 4 Lees-McRae.





Middle school boys soccer

Gaston County Conference standings through Nov. 3 games:

Belmont 3-0
Cramerton 3-0
Holbrook 2-0
W.C. Friday 2-1
Stanley 2-1
Grier 1-1
Mount Holly 1-2
Southwest 1-2
York Chester 1-2
Bessemer City 0-3
Chavis 0-4

(Monday’s games)
Cramerton 4, Grier 1
Holbrook 5, Chavis 0
Mount Holly d. Bessemer City
Belmont 9, Southwest 0
Stanley d. York Chester

(Wednesday’s game)
W.C. Friday d. Chavis

(Thursday’s games)
Belmont at Holbrook
Bessemer City at Grier
York Chester at Mount Holly
Stanley at Southwest



Middle school volleyball

Gaston County Conference standings through Nov. 3 games:

Chavis 4-0
Belmont 3-0
Cramerton 3-0
Mount Holly 2-1
Stanley 2-1
Holbrook 1-1
W.C. Friday 1-2
Grier 0-2
Bessemer City 0-3
Southwest 0-3
York Chester 0-3

(Monday’s games)
Cramerton 3, Grier 0
Chavis 3, Holbrook 1
Mount Holly 3, Bessemer City 0
Belmont 3, Southwest 0
Stanley 3, York Chester 0

(Wednesday’s game)
Chavis 3, W.C. Friday 0: Emily Allen, Kate Mulvey, Landry Beam, Kate Bookout, Raylei Gidney, Kennedy Weathers, Jenna Anthony, Maddie Avery and Sophia Williams led Chavis.

(Thursday’s games)
Belmont at Holbrook
Bessemer City at Grier
York Chester at Mount Holly
Stanley at Southwest

Kings Mountain 3, North Lincoln 0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-15 on Tuesday): The Patriots opened the season with a victory behind Camden Pasour (16 serve receptions, 13 digs, 11 service points, 5 assists, 20 kills), Ava Tipton (4 serve receptions, 16 digs, 1 assist, 13 service points) and Abigail Hedgepath (2 digs, 8 service points, 3 kills, 23 assists). Kings Mountain visits Burns on Thursday.



Middle school wrestling

Gaston County Conference wrestling standings through Nov. 2:

Belmont 2-0
Cramerton 2-0
W.C. Friday 2-0
Chavis 1-1
Mount Holly 1-1
Stanley 1-1
York Chester 1-1
Holbrook 0-1
Grier 0-1
Bessemer City 0-2
Southwest 0-2

(Tuesday’s matches)
Belmont 72, York Chester 28

Stanley 84, Bessemer City 12

Chavis 66, Southwest 36

Cramerton 78, Mount Holly 24

W.C. Friday 81, Holbrook 24: Connor Bates, Jacari Long, Carter Mason, Camryn Stafford, Kaden Brown, Eli Johnson, Caleb Gordon, Zac Moss and Gage Phalin all won by pin for W.C. Friday.

(Friday’s matches)
Southwest at Belmont
Mount Holly at Bessemer City
Holbrook at Chavis
Grier at Cramerton
Stanley at York Chester