Defense does it for Hough in big road win at East Forsyth. Now, Grimsley is on deck

The N.C. Football Playoffs’ third round “hat tip” this week goes to Hough defensive coordinator Chachi Sullivan. The Huskies’ defense amassed unprecedented statistics against previously undefeated East Forsyth in Friday’s 17-7 road win.

Hough (11-2) limited the Eagles to 56 rushing yards on 2.1 yards per carry — both season lows. East Forsyth was held without a rushing touchdown for the first time this year, and fell 19 points below the Eagles’ previous scoring low (26).

The Huskies — who will travel to Grimsley for Friday’s 4A state quarterfinals — have surrendered 10+ points just twice this season. After a 27-24 (August 18) season opening road loss to Dutch Fork (SC), Hough was felled 13-9 by Queen City Conference rival Mallard Creek on October 14. The Huskies prevailed 16-6 in the November 11 second-round rematch with the Mavericks.

In Friday’s game, Hough kicker Nolan Houser assured he will join the N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) record book following this season. Houser’s 39-yard field goal in the first quarter tied him with Keith Duncan (Weddington ’16) for most career field goals (51).


Rolesville wide receiver Noah Rogers, an Ohio State commit, has spent most of this 2022 campaign blanketed by opposing secondaries. Rogers still managed a season-best six catches (one for a touchdown) in Friday’s 42-28 third-round win at Wake Forest. The outcome reversed the Rams’ 24-20 home setback (on October 21) to the Cougars.

Rogers added a third-quarter kickoff return for a touchdown that knotted the score at 28, after which Rolesville led the rest of the way.

Even more telling was that Rolesville quarterback Braden Atkinson completed 16 passes to receivers other than Rogers. Atkinson’s 274 passing yards accounted for the sophomore’s highest game total since the Rams’ August 19 season opening win at Pinecrest.


Jordan and West Charlotte might have fallen short in their respevtive third-round games, but the teams return a big group of players as they look ahead to 2023.

The 4A Falcons were felled, 38-33, at New Bern, the East’s No. 2 seed. The 3A Lions forced Kings Mountain, the West’s No. 1 seed, to rally from a 19-7 deficit before prevailing 22-19.

West Charlotte (7-6) dropped all five of its losses before last Friday to 4A schools. Jordan, which had a five-game losing streak earlier this season, entered last Friday’s game on a three-game winning streak.

The Falcons and Lions will return formidable core groups in 2023, including Jordan’s Amareon Blue, a rising junior. Blue finished this fall with 2,200+ rushing yards and 25+ touchdowns.


Reidsville has put together a 12-1 season (including an August 26 loss to 4A Page) a little more quietly (seemingly) than usual. The perennial power Rams — the 2A West’s No. 1 seed — will host No. 5 Maiden in Friday’s state quarterfinals. Reidsville is contending for another state championship in part because of the quarterbacking efficiency of Al Lee, a 6’2,” 210-pound junior. Lee has thrown just one interception since October began.


Kamerin McDowell-Moore, Tarboro’s freshman running back, became the second Vikings player to surpass 1,000 rushing yards this season in Tarboro’s 34-14 win over Riverside-Martin last Friday. Moore had 18 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

Moore’s 18 rushing touchdowns are a team high, one more than fellow 1,000-yard teammate Mason Satterfield, a sophomore.


Providence Day quarterback Jadyn Davis threw for a season-best six touchdowns in the Chargers’ 55-13 win over Charlotte Christian last Friday that claimed the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Division I state championship.

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