MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Cabarrus is out to prove that not only does it have the best defense in the area but that it’s working to be one of the best in the state.
The Vikings are disrupting passes, forcing turnovers and making big plays on defense.
They forced three turnovers, scored on a blocked punt and recorded a safety in Friday’s 45-0 win over Mount Pleasant.
In their modest two-game win streak, the Vikings have outscored their opponents 83-3.
“We still come in here with the same mindset and the same confidence that we are going to dominate, no matter what team we are playing,” Central Cabarrus defensive back Devon Coley said.
The Vikings graduated two dominant defensive players in linebackers Hakim Simmons, who’s playing junior college ball, and Derrick Boykins, who’s now a freshman at the University of South Carolina.
Still, the 2019 Vikings are playing will passion and speed.
Even with the offense struggling early against Mount Pleasant, junior star DeAndre Boykins picked off a Mount Pleasant pass and returned it for a touchdown.
“I feel like it was a huge spark,” Boykins said. “We started out kind of flat against Mount Pleasant, and I don’t know why, but we will fix that in practice.”
Boykins and Coley each had an interception, while linebacker Logan Anderson scored from a yard out on a blocked punt.
It was Anderson’s second touchdown this season.
“We are on a mission to win the rest. We don’t want to lose anymore,” Anderson said.
Central Cabarrus limited Mount Pleasant to just 67 total yards on Friday night, and 41 of those were on one play.
Mount Pleasant gained just eight rushing yards on 26 carries.
“We played great. We got to the ball,” Coley said. “We executed what we needed to from practice. We did what we needed to do.”