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12-17-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school basketball and football, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker

Some may call it “boring” football but interim Carolina Panthers head coach Steve Wilks is following a strategy to run the football as much as the two more successful coaches in franchise history.

Carolina Panthers running back D’Onta Foreman has sparked the team’s recent surge.

And that strategy has gotten his team into postseason contention.

Wilks’ 4-4 record as interim coach has improved the Panthers to 5-8 overall and in control of their destiny with four games to play; Carolina wins in all four of the remaining games would give it the NFC South division title.

And Wilks has done so by following a “run-first” offensive strategy whose results have been historical successful.

How successful?

In franchise history, the Panthers are 159-31-1 overall when they have 30 rushing attempts or more and 38-0 with 40 or more attempts.

As Carolina interim coach, Wilks has seen his team finish games with 46 or more rushing attempts in three of his four victories.

And his percentage of games with 30 or more rushing attempts (37.5 percent) is third in team history behind Ron Rivera (51.4 percent) and John Fox (50.7 percent); Rivera is the winningest coach in team history with a 76-63-1 record, followed closely by Fox at 73-71.

It’s also in stark comparison to the two lowest percentages of 30-rush games in team history (Matt Rhule 26.3 and George Seifert 16.7); Seifert (16-32 record) and Rhule (11-27) not coincidentally have the lowest winning percentages in franchise history as well.

Gameday: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8) at Carolina Panthers (4-8), 1 p.m. on Sunday

TV: Fox (Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, A.J. Ross)

RADIO: FM 99.7 in Charlotte is flagship station (Anish Shroff, Jake Delhomme, Luke Kuechly, Kristen Balboni, Jim Szoke)

THE SERIES: Pittsburgh leads the series 6-1 that includes a current six-game winning streak; Carolina beat the Steelers 18-14 in the 1996 regular season finale for the Panthers’ lone win over Pittsburgh in a result that clinched the 1996 NFC West division title.

RANKINGS AMONG NFL (After Week 14): Carolina offense – 30th overall, 13th rushing, 30th passing. Carolina defense – 16th overall, 24th rushing, 15th passing. Pittsburgh offense – 26th overall, 19th rushing, 24th passing. Pittsburgh defense – 22nd overall, 15th rushing, 24th passing.

Here’s the full Carolina Panthers schedule for the 2022 season:

Week 1, Sept. 11, Cleveland (L 24-26)
Week 2, Sept. 18, at N.Y. Giants (L 16-19)
Week 3, Sept. 25, New Orleans (W 22-14)
Week 4, Oct. 2, Arizona (L 16-26)
Week 5, Oct. 9, San Francisco (L 15-37)
Week 6, Oct. 16, at L.A. Rams (L 10-24)
Week 7, Oct. 23, Tampa Bay (W 21-3)
Week 8, Oct. 30, at Atlanta (L 34-37, OT)
Week 9, Nov. 6, at Cincinnati (L 21-42)
Week 10, Nov. 10, Atlanta (W 25-15)
Week 11, Nov. 20, at Baltimore (L 3-13)
Week 12, Nov. 27, Denver (W 23-10)
Week 13, Dec. 4, BYE
Week 14, Dec. 11, at Seattle (W 30-24)
Week 15, Dec. 18, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 16, Dec. 24, Detroit, 1 p.m.
Week 17, Jan. 1, at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 18, Jan. 8, at New Orleans, TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school football

Local players shined in a pair of All-Star games on Saturday, as three Cleveland County products made significant contributions for the West in its 21-0 victory over the East in the Queen City Senior Bowl at Charlotte’s Olympic High School and East Lincoln’s Ben Cutter was the leading tackler for North Carolina in its 17-13 Shrine Bowl loss to South Carolina at Spartanburg High’s Viking Stadium.

A.J. Richardson (No. 15 far left) is pictured with other Cleveland County high school standouts who helped the West win 21-0 in Saturday’s Queen City Senior Bowl.

In Charlotte, Kings Mountain’s A.J. Richardson was named game most valuable player for leading a shutout defensive effort in addition to scoring on a 1-yard run. Also for the West, Shelby’s Daylin Lee threw a touchdown pass and Crest’s Brandon McCall-Webber returned a pass interception 52 yards for the game’s final score.

Other local players on the West team were Ashbrook’s Carmelo Bess and Elijah Haynes, Burns’ L.J. Allen, Cramer’s Justin Rocquemore, Crest’s DaVonyae Pettis, East Gaston’s Sirr Stovall, Forestview’s Kenneth Odugba, Huss’ Cayden Smith and Justin Ross, Kings Mountain’s Isaiah Eskridge, Mountain Island Charter’s Ashton Miller, North Gaston’s Joshua Smith, Shelby’s Tadarrin Griffin and South Point’s Will Ross.

In the Shrine Bowl, Cutter had five tackles and Shelby’s Jack Berkowitz converted one extra point for N.C., which lost on a South Carolina touchdown run with 4:40 left in the game.

Other local players on the N.C. team were West Lincoln’s Mason Avery, East Lincoln’s Keandre Walker, Burns’ Cahari Haynes, Shelby’s Ja’Keith Hamilton, North Lincoln’s Bryson Esser and South Point’s Sullivan Absher. Also, Shelby assistant coach Aubrey Hollifield is one of the N.C. assistant coaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school basketball

(Saturday’s games)
-BOYS
Gaston Christian 59, Virginia Episcopal 50: Preston Shuford (15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Corey Gaines (13 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 assists), Joe Rhyne (13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists), Cameron Newman (9 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals), Gabriel Mabor (7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocked shots) and Douglas Adoik (2 points, 4 rebounds) led Gaston Christian.

South Point 83, York, S.C. 56: Greyson Kines (31 points, 7 steals, 5 rebounds), Garret Hunt (14 points, 4 steals), Graham Williams (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Sean Gore (8 assists) led South Point.

Covenant Day 56, Lincoln Charter 46

-GIRLS
Victory Christian Center 58, Lincoln Charter 42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College basketball

(Saturday’s games)
Charlotte 80, Monmouth 46: Jackson Threadgill scored 14 points as the 49ers improved to 9-2 and recorded their largest road victory since an 87-65 victory at No. 18 Louisville on Dec. 5, 2009.

N.C. Central 58, Gardner-Webb 53: Anthony Selden had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Gardner-Webb, which fell to 3-8.

Purdue 69, Davidson 61: Davidson led No. 1-ranked Purdue at halftime before the Wildcats fell and their record dropped to 7-4.

Belmont Abbey 59, North Greenville 47: Mario Lacy, Jr., had 12 points and Wade Jackson 11 for the Crusaders (6-5, 4-1) in the Conference Carolinas road victory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro basketball

Here’s the 2022-23 Charlotte Hornets schedule:

(7-22 record)
October
19 at San Antonio (W 129-102)
21 New Orleans (L 112-124)
23 at Atlanta (W 126-109)
26 at New York (L 131-134, OT)
28 at Orlando (L 93-113)
29 Golden State (W 120-113, OT)
31 Sacramento (L 108-115)
November
2 at Chicago (L 88-106)
4 at Memphis (L 99-130)
5 Brooklyn (L 94-98)
7 Washington (L 100-108)
9 Portland (L 95-105)
10 at Miami (L 112-117, OT)
12 at Miami (L 115-132)
14 at Orlando (W 112-105)
16 Indiana (L 113-125)
18 at Cleveland (L 122-132, 2 OT)
20 at Washington (L 102-106)
23 Philadelphia (W 107-101)
25 Minnesota (W 110-108)
28 at Boston (L 105-140)
December
2 Washington (W 117-116)
3 Milwaukee (L 96-105)
5 L.A. Clippers (L 117-119)
7 at Brooklyn (L 116-122)
9 New York (L 102-121)
11 at Philadelphia (L 113-131)
14 Detroit (L 134-141, OT)
16 Atlanta (L 106-125)
18 at Denver, 8 p.m.
19 at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
21 at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
23 at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
26 at Portland, 10 p.m.
27 at Golden State, 10 p.m.
29 Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
31 Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
January
2 L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.
4 Memphis, 7 p.m.
6 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
8 at Indiana, 5 p.m.
10 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
12 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
14 Boston, 7 p.m.
16 Boston, 1 p.m.
18 at Houston, 8 p.m.
21 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
23 at Utah, 9 p.m.
24 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
26 Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
29 Miami, 1 p.m.
31 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
February
2 at Chicago, 8 p.m.
3 at Detroit, 7 p.m.
5 Orlando, 1 p.m.
8 at Washington, 7 p.m.
10 at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
11 Denver, 7 p.m.
13 Atlanta, 7 p.m.
15 San Antonio, 7 p.m.
24 at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
25 Miami, 7 p.m.
27 Detroit, 7 p.m.
March
1 Phoenix, 7 p.m.
3 Orlando, 7 p.m.
5 at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
7 at New York, 7:30 p.m.
9 at Detroit, 7 p.m.
11 Utah, 7 p.m.
12 Cleveland, 5 p.m.
14 Cleveland, 7 p.m.
17 Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
20 Indiana, 7 p.m.
23 at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
24 at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
26 Dallas, 1 p.m.
28 at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
31 Chicago, 7 p.m.
April
2 Toronto, 1 p.m.
4 Toronto, 7 p.m.
7 Houston, 7 p.m.
9 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College football

Here is the full 2022-23 NCAA Division I bowl schedule:

(College Football Playoff)
Championship – Jan. 9 at Inglewood, Cal., TBA
Semifinal – Dec. 31 Peach at Atlanta, Ga., 4 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU
Semifinal – Dec. 31 Fiesta at Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Ohio State

(CFP Selection Committee Bowl games)
Jan. 2 – Rose at Pasadena, Cal., 5 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 8 Utah vs. No. 11 Penn State
Jan. 2 – Cotton at Arlington, Tex., 1 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 10 Southern California vs. No. 16 Tulane
Dec. 31 – Sugar at New Orleans, La., Noon (ESPN)
No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 9 Kansas State
Dec. 30 – Orange and Miami, Fla., 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Clemson

(Other bowl games)
Jan. 2 – Citrus at Orlando, Fla., 1 p.m. (ABC)
No. 17 LSU vs. Purdue
Jan. 2 – ReliaQuest at Tampa, Fla., Noon (ESPN2)
No. 22 Mississippi State vs. Illinois
Dec. 31 – Music City at Nashville, Tenn., Noon (ABC)
Iowa vs. Kentucky
Dec. 30 – Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 4:30 p.m. (Barstool)
Ohio vs. Wyoming
Dec. 30 – Gator at Jacksonville, Fla., 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 21 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 South Carolina
Dec. 30 – Sun at El Paso, Tex., 2 p.m. (CBS)
No. 18 UCLA vs. Pittsburgh
Dec. 30 – Duke’s Mayo at Charlotte, Noon (ESPN)
Maryland vs. No. 23 N.C. State
Dec. 29 – Alamo at San Antonio, Tex., 9 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 20 Texas vs. No. 12 Washington
Dec. 29 – Cheez-It at Orlando, Fla., 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Florida State
Dec. 29 – Pinstripe at Bronx, N.Y., 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Minnesota vs. Syracuse
Dec. 28 – Texas at Houston, Tex., 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Mississippi vs. Texas Tech
Dec. 28 – Holiday at San Diego, Cal., 8 p.m. (Fox)
No. 15 Oregon vs. North Carolina
Dec. 28 – Liberty at Memphis, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Arkansas vs. Kansas
Dec. 28 – Military at Annapolis, Md., 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Duke vs. Central Florida
Dec. 27 – Guaranteed Rate at Phoenix, Ariz., 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 27 – Birmingham at Birmingham, Ala., 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina
Dec. 27 – First Responder at University Park, Tex., 3:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Memphis vs. Utah State
Dec. 27 – Camellia at Montgomery, Ala., Noon (ESPN)
Buffalo vs. Georgia Southern
Dec. 26 – Quick Lane at Detroit, Mich., 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Bowling Green vs. New Mexico State
Dec. 24 – Hawai’i at Honolulu, Hawai’i, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
San Diego State vs. Middle Tennessee
Dec. 23 – Gasparilla at Tampa, Fla., 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Missouri vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 23 – Independence at Shreveport, La., 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Houston vs. Louisiana
Dec. 22 – Armed Forces at Fort Worth, Tex., 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Baylor vs. Air Force
Dec. 21 – New Orleans at New Orleans, La., 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Western Kentucky vs. South Alabama
Dec. 20 – Boca Raton at Boca Raton, Fla., 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Toledo vs. Liberty
Dec. 20 – Famous Idaho Potato at Boise, Id., 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 19 – Myrtle Beach at Conway, S.C., 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Marshall vs. Connecticut
Dec. 17 – Frisco at Frisco, Tex., 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)
North Texas vs. Boise State
Dec. 17 – New Mexico at Albuquerque, N.M.
BYU vs. SMU
Dec. 17 – LendingTree at Mobile, Ala., 5:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Southern Miss vs. Rice – Southern Miss 38-24
Dec. 17 – Jimmy Kimmel L.A. at Inglewood, Cal.
Washington State vs. Fresno State – Fresno State 29-6
Dec. 17 – Las Vegas at Las Vegas, Nev.
Florida vs. No. 14 Oregon State – Oregon State 30-3
Dec. 17 – Celebration Bowl at Atlanta
Jackson State vs. N.C. Central – N.C. Central 41-34 in OT
Dec. 17 – Fenway at Boston, Mass.
Louisville vs. Cincinnati – Louisville 24-7
Dec. 16 – Cure at Orlando, Fla.
No. 24 Troy vs. No. 25 UT-San Antonio – Troy 18-12
Dec. 16 – Bahamas at Nassau, Bahamas
UAB vs. Miami, O. – UAB 24-20