9-1-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football, High school football, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker

After the COVID-19 pandemic completely disrupted high school football in the 2020-21 school year, it continues having an impact on the 2021 fall schedule.

On Wednesday, the Crest at Shelby game that was scheduled for Friday will be postponed with school officials saying they are “working to reschedule.”

It is the fourth game involving schools from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties that has been altered; Previously, Friday’s schedule Blacksburg, S.C., at Cherryville, Foard at West Lincoln and South Point at R-S Central game have been cancelled.

The cancellations have created another scheduled game as Ashbrook will host West Lincoln on Sept. 10 since both teams have lost games and Sept. 10 had previously been an open date for both schools.

Here is Friday’s current schedule for schools from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Blacksburg, S.C. at Cherryville, cancelled
Central Cabarrus at Huss
Crest at Shelby, postponed
East Gaston at Cramer
Foard at West Lincoln, cancelled
Forestview at Freedom
Kings Mountain at Burns
Lincolnton at East Lincoln
North Gaston at Chase
Northwest Cabarrus at North Lincoln
Pine Lake Prep at Bessemer City
South Point at Hickory Ridge
South Point at R-S Central, cancelled
West Meck at Ashbrook
Winston-Salem Carver at Highland Tech

High school football standings

Conference record listed first followed by overall record:

South Point 0-0, 2-0
Cramer 0-0, 1-1
Kings Mountain 0-0, 1-1
Ashbrook 0-0, 0-0
Crest 0-0, 0-1
Huss 0-0, 0-1
Forestview 0-0, 0-2
North Gaston 0-0, 0-2

East Lincoln 0-0, 2-0
Statesville 0-0, 2-0
North Lincoln 0-0, 1-1
North Iredell 0-0, 0-1
West Iredell 0-0, 0-1
Foard 0-0, 0-2
Hickory 0-0, 0-2
St. Stephens 0-0, 0-2

Bandys 0-0, 2-0
Bunker Hill 0-0, 2-0
Maiden 0-0, 2-0
West Lincoln 0-0, 2-0
East Burke 0-0, 1-1
Newton-Conover 0-0, 0-1
West Caldwell 0-0, 0-1
Lincolnton 0-0, 0-2

Burns 0-0, 2-0
Shelby 0-0, 2-0
Thomas Jefferson 0-0, 1-0
Cherryville 0-0, 1-1
East Gaston 0-0, 1-1
Highland Tech 0-0, 0-1
Bessemer City 0-0, 0-2

Berry Academy 0-0, 1-0
Kell 0-0, 1-0
Olympic 0-0, 1-0
Harding 0-0, 1-1
Myers Park 0-0, 1-1
South Meck 0-0, 1-1

Catholic 0-0, 2-0
Butler 0-0, 1-1
Providence 0-0, 1-1
Garinger 0-0, 0-1
Independence 0-0, 0-1
East Meck 0-0, 0-2
Rocky River 0-0, 0-2

Chambers 0-0, 2-0
Hough 0-0, 2-0
West Meck 0-0, 2-0
West Charlotte 0-0, 1-0
Hopewell 0-0, 1-1
Mallard Creek 0-0, 0-0
North Meck 0-0, 0-1

Chase 0-0, 2-0
Clover 0-0, 1-1
Mtn Island Charter 0-0, 2-0
R-S Central 0-0, 0-1



College football

Gardner-Webb released its first game notes and official 2021 roster on Wednesday and 17 local players now are on the roster.

The Bulldogs, who visit Georgia Southern on Saturday at 6 p.m. in their opener, have the following locals on their roster:

Seenior linebacker Matthew Robinson (South Point 2018 graduate), freshman defensive back Tyler Arrington (Shelby 2021), sophomore running back Jalin Graham (Crest 2020), sophomore linebacker Kendall Massey (Ashbrook 2020), sophomore defensive lineman Christopher Richardson (Crest 2020), freshman offensive lineman Blake Davis (Kings Mountain 2021), senior tight end Stormy Mosteller (Burns 2018), senior defensive lineman Tremayne Booker (Forestview 2017), sophomore wide receiver Eli Brooks (Crest 2020), sophomore defensive lineman James Parsons (Kings Mountain 2019), freshman wide receiver Caleb Borders (Crest 2021), freshman linebacker Eli Wesson (Crest 2021), freshman long snapper Jamie Wilson (Kings Mountain 2021), freshman cornerback Jacari Shell (Shelby 2021), freshman defensive back Alphonso Goodson (Burns 2021), freshman offensive lineman Blake Davis (Kings Mountain 2021) and freshman cornerback Eja Brice (Cramer 2021).

Here is the Carolinas NCAA Division I football schedule this week that begins on Thursday:

Appalachian State vs. East Carolina in Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
South Florida at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m.

North Carolina at Virginia Tech, 6 p.m.
Duke at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Old Dominion at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m.

Davidson at VMI, 1:30 p.m.
North Carolina A&T at Furman, 2 p.m.
Wofford at Elon, 2 p.m.
Campbell at Liberty, 6 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky at Western Carolina, 6 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m.
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
South Carolina State at Alabama A&M, 7 p.m.
Clemson vs. Georgia in Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

Here’s the Carolinas Division II football schedule:

Shaw at Wingate, 6 p.m.
Chowan at Mars Hill, 7 p.m.

Erskine at Catawba, 1 p.m.
Tusculum at St. Augustine’s, 1 p.m.
Clark-Atlanta at Livingstone, 1:30 p.m.
Newberry at Barton, 2 p.m.
Fayetteville State at Elizabeth City State, 4 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne at Virginia State, 6 p.m.
Limestone at North Greenville, 7 p.m.
UNC-Pembroke at Winston-Salem State, cancelled



Pro football

Former East Lincoln and Lincolnton High standout Sage Surratt was released by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. But the Lions announced on Wednesday that were signing Surratt to their practice squad after he cleared waivers.

A 2017 Lincolnton High graduate, Surratt was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Lions last spring.




Middle school football

Standings with division record listed first followed by overall record:

(Division I)
Cramerton 0-0, 2-0
Grier 0-0, 2-0
Holbrook 0-0, 2-0
Southwest 0-0, 2-0
Mount Holly 0-0, 0-1-1
(Division II)
W.C. Friday 0-0, 1-1
Chavis 0-0, 0-1
Stanley 0-0, 0-1
York Chester 0-0, 0-1-1
Belmont 0-0, 0-2
Bessemer City 0-0, 0-2

Sept. 8 games
Grier at Cramerton
Mount Holly at Southwest
Stanley at Belmont
York Chester at Bessemer City
W.C. Friday at Chavis



Middle school softball

The third playing date is Thursday with Belmont hosting Southwest, Bessemer City hosting Mount Holly, Chavis hosting Holbrook and Cramerton hosting Grier.

The standings through Aug. 30:

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



Pro football

After cutting down to a 53-player roster on Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers made several moves on Wednesday that include announcing players on the team’s practice squad.

Carolina added offensive line depth Wednesday by claiming guard Michael Jordan off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. A former fourth-round pick from Ohio State in 2019, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Jordan started 19 games for Cincinnati the last two seasons. A guard and center at Ohio State, Jordan was an All-American in 2018 after playing in all 41 possible games from from 2016-18 for Ohio State.

The Panthers brought back the following players to its practice squad: offensive linemen Sam Tecklenburg and Aaron Monteiro, running backs Rodney Smith and Spencer Brown, wide receivers Keith Kirkwood, Omar Bayless, and C.J. Saunders, tight end Stephen Sullivan, defensive lineman Frank Herron, cornerback Jalen Julius and safety Kenny Robinson.

It also added former Jets fourth-round pick quarterback James Morgan and veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin to the practice squad.

The did release veteran wide receiver David Moore, who had signed a two-year contract in March.

Additionally, former Panthers players quarterback Will Grier (Dallas Cowboys) and Christian Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers) have signed with other NFL teams.

Here is the Panthers’ 2021 regular season schedule:

Sept. 12 New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Houston, 8:20 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Oct. 10 Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24 at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
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 baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters lost 6-2 at High Point on Wednesday night.

Gastonia (40-43) concludes the three-game series at High Point on Thursday night.