CONCORD –Going into Friday’s game, both Northwest Cabarrus and Cox Mill football fans had to be excited about the matchup that would give so much insight into two of the county’s best programs.
It took about a quarter before Northwest Cabarrus showed that No. 1 was well deserved next to its name.
The Cream of Cabarrus top-ranked Trojans opened the game with a long scoring drive, and that trend continued throughout the night, as they cruised to a 37-7 road victory over No. 4 Cox Mill.
It was 14-0 after the first quarter following two Trojans scoring drives of more than 55 yards. Northwest Cabarrus didn’t have a drive shorter than 57 yards for the remainder of the contest.
Although both teams are members of the South Piedmont 3A Conference, Friday’s was a non-conference game because the Trojans needed an opponent to replace what would’ve been a contest with West Cabarrus, whose opening has been pushed back to next year.
“Every win is important to us, and we don’t look down on any team,” said Trojans coach Brandon Gentry. “We want to make sure we go out and execute.
“We played so bad on special teams (two weeks ago against Hickory Ridge), we needed to make sure we came out and played well in all three phases of the game. We still had some mess-ups there in special teams, (but) that’s just something we have to keep working on.”
In the first quarter, the Trojans were able to score two touchdowns on their first two drives. The first was a 68-yard drive capped by a senior running back George Miller Duncan 1-yard run, and the second was a 57-yard drive that ended with senior quarterback Nick Wilds-Lawing in the end zone after a 3-yard rush.
The second quarter mirrored the first, with a few Northwest slants and screens sprinkled in.
“We just didn’t make plays in the first half, and a lot of that is those guys,” said Chargers coach Craig Stewart of the Trojans. “They’re undefeated right now, and it shows. When you play like (them), you can kind of dictate how the game goes.”
Northwest Cabarrus 6-0 overall, 0-0 South Piedmont 3A Conference; Cox Mill 3-3, 0-0 South Piedmont 3A
THE PLAY OF THE GAME
Even though they trailed by two touchdowns at halftime, the Chargers had a promising drive to start the half and reached the red zone.
That drive ended when Northwest was able to jump on a fumble, at its 4-yard line, by Chargers running back Jelynn Barnett.
Northwest drove the entirety of the field and scored on a Wilds-Lawing 28-yard scramble, his second touchdown of the night. The drive took all the momentum away from the Chargers.
--Wilds-Lawing had had 204 yards of total offense, 142 through the air and 62 on the ground. His two touchdowns both came as a runner.
-- Bryson Mason had six catches for 82 yards.
-- L.J. Currie had 85 yards on the ground and a score on his 13 carries.
--Miller-Duncan had 90 yards of offense, 64 as a running back and 26 as a receiver
--Barry Robertson had 46 rushing and 41 receiving
--The stadium for this one was packed. Pulling into the parking lot, a little late after getting behind a wreck on I-485, I could see the cars lining up on the way in. With lines down the sidewalk to get in, it was clear that both fan bases were excited for this one.
--The uniforms are something to be proud of for both teams. They both have great color schemes, and the designs are great. Like a football philosopher (“Neon” Deion Sanders) once said, “If you look good, you play good.”
--The Cox Mill band was another strong group. It played its show performance at halftime, and I was impressed again. I’m starting to think band recognition is going to be a steady part of my observations. The county has some good ones.
WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Northwest Cabarrus has another road conference game next week against Jay M. Robinson, while the Chargers stay at home and face Concord.
Northwest Cabarrus 14 10 6 7 -- 37
Cox Mill 0 0 0 7 – 7
NW—Miller Duncan 1 run (kick failed)
NW—Wilds-Lawing 3 run (Cam Saunders pass from Wilds-Lawing)
NW—L.J. Currie 6 run (Ezekial Senegal kick)
NW—Senegal 21 field goal
NW—Wilds-Lawing 28 run (kick failed)
CM—Luke Sutton 6 pass from Varney Farhnbullah (Sam Weber kick)
NW—Chris Coates 58 fumble recovery (Senegal kick)