MOUNT ULLA – On Friday night,Cream of Cabarrus No. 5 Cox Mill earned its second win in as many weeks.
The Chargers gave up an early touchdown pass but held West Rowan out of the end zone the rest of the game in their 28-13 victory at West Rowan.
Offensively they were able to spread the field with a passing attack that was successful out the gate, with junior quarterback Varney Farhnbullah able to make decisive throws behind a hard-working offensive line.
“Everything we do is off an RPO (run-pass option) so it’s a run and a pass all together,” Chargers coach Craig Stewart said. “So the quarterback’s making reads, and (Varhnbullah) did a good job of that tonight, and he was throwing it really well.”
Farrhnbullah had 172 yards in the air, adding two long-ball touchdowns that were both caught by speedy receiver Christian Henry.
The Falcons added two second-quarter field goals but never scored in the second half, while the Chargers added two third-quarter touchdowns to close out the game.
Cox Mill is 2-1 overall, 0-0 South Piedmont 3A Conference; West Rowan 1-2, 0-0 North Piedmont 3A
THE PLAY OF THE GAME
Farrhnbullah and Henry clearly have a great connection, and it was on display again Friday.
A few minutes into the second half, Farrhnbullah threw a pass to Henry on which most receivers just couldn’t score; they’re not fast enough. When the pass was caught, there were three Falcon defenders trailing Henry, and it took about 10 yards before the separation was too much.
The 60-yard touchdown opened a 21-13 lead for the Chargers, and they only extended it as the game went on.
Twice Friday, the Chargers needed a score to take momentum from the home team, and both times is was Farrhnbullah to Henry for six.
-- Farrhnbullah went 15-for-28, with 172 yards and two touchdowns.
-- Junior running back Jelynn Barrnett rushed for 90 yards, with a long of 51, on 11 carries.
-- Senior wide receiver Luke Sutton gained 97 yards on seven receptions
-- Henry caught five passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
-- Senior running back Mike Gonsalves carried the ball 26 times, 20 in the first half, for 169 yards.
-- Noah Loeblien threw for 137 yards and a touchdown on a 10-for-19 night.
-- Receiver Jalen Houston gained 74 yards and a touchdown on four catches.
--The Rowan County Little League Softball team received recognition at halftime for being invited to the White House to celebrate its national championship in Portland, Oregon, over the summer
--Speed at receiver is plentiful for the Chargers, both Sutton and Henry were able to break for long plays after catches. Whether it’s screens or the long ball, Cox Mill’s receivers keep the defense honest, with Farrhnbullah throwing balls all over the field.
--You can tell there is a strong tradition at West Rowan, if by nothing but the crowd. Fans cheered on their team proudly all night, most of them arriving well before kickoff. The students even joined their team on the field after the game. Good crowd out of Mount Ulla, love to see it.
WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Cox Mill will travel to Hickory Ridge next week, while West Rowan faces Mocksville Davie at home.
Cox Mill 7 7 14 0 -- 28
West Rowan 7 6 0 0 – 13
WR – Jalen Houston 38 pass from Noah Loeblien (Federico Cruz kick)
CM – Christian Henry 57 pass from Varney Farhnbullah (Sam Weber kick)
WR – Cruz 29 field goal
CM – Aaron Jones 29 interception (Weber kick)
WR – Cruz 25 field goal
CM – Henry 60 pass from Farrhnbullah (Weber kick)
CM – Damari Coleman 5 run (Weber kick)