CONCORD – Talking to his team after Friday night’s win over Concord, Northwest Cabarrus football coach Brandon Gentry said, “Business is not over.”
The Cream of Cabarrus top-ranked Trojans inched one step closer to another conference title with a 42-13 win at Concord High.
Northwest Cabarrus can secure the South Piedmont 3A Conference crown outright for the second year in a row with a win next Friday at home against No. 5 Cox Mill.
The Trojans beat Cox Mill, 37-7, on Oct. 4 in a game that was designated a non-conference game.
“We are playing for something great, so we have to be great,” Gentry said. “We are playing one game at a time, and it’s big for the community and the school. That’s what you play for.”
Northwest Cabarrus had a stretch of 28-straight points to pull away from Concord.
The Trojans’ defense forced four turnovers and had four sacks. Caden Parker had a “Pick-6” and a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“They played lights out. I’m proud of the guys,” Gentry said. “We had some guys down, and we had some guys who don’t normally get in step up. I’m proud of the way the defense swarmed around to the football.”
Northwest Cabarrus struck first on its opening possession with an 85-yard touchdown pass from Nick Wilds-Lawing to Marquan Williams on third-and-24.
Concord scored later in the first quarter with a 1-yard run by Cameron Sledge, but the Spiders missed the extra point and trailed 7-6 at that point.
Northwest Cabarrus scored the next 28 points to build a 35-6 lead and take control.
“We started kind of slow offensively, just didn’t have much momentum and had a lot of penalties and drive-stallers,” Gentry said, “but we were able to come back after halftime and get the running game going.
“We just have to have the right mindset. We’ve already played Cox Mill, and I don’t want our guys to come in thinking they are not going to come in ready. I know they are preparing hard and we have to do the same thing. We have to out-work our opponent, find ways to get better and execute.
Northwest Cabarrus racked up 203 rushing yards and 428 yards of offense.
Northwest Cabarrus 10-0, 4-0 South Piedmont 3A Conference; Concord 1-9, 1-3
THE PLAY OF THE GAME
Concord lineman Anthony Flores took a direct snap with the Spiders facing fourth-and-10 from their own 35-yard line. Flores ran 18 yards on the fake punt to Northwest Cabarrus’ 47-yard line, giving the Spiders a first down.
Fifteen more yards were tacked on with a face mask penalty, moving the ball to the 32-yard line.
Concord couldn’t capitalize on the big play.
-- Wilds-Lawing passed for 225 yards with three touchdowns – to Williams, Karsen Perkins and Cam Saunders. He also ran for a 9-yard touchdown.
-- Parker had two fourth-quarter takeaways. He returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown with eight minutes remaining. Then, he recovered a fumble on Northwest Cabarrus’ final defensive possession.
-- Running back L.J. Currie, who played the past two varsity seasons for the Spiders, carried the football 15 times for 130 yards against his former school. His longest rushes were 25 and 24 yards.
-- Quarterback Deonte Brown ran for 64 yards. He added a 7-yard touchdown run with five minutes to go in the game.
-- Cameron Sledge only had two carries, but one of those was for a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, which cut Northwest Cabarrus’ lead to 7-6.
-- After going 13-1 last year, this marked the first time in program history that the Trojans have posted double-digit victories in back-to-back seasons. It’s the sixth time the Trojans have won at least 10 games in a season (2019, 2018, 2007, 2005, 1999, 1976).
-- Northwest Cabarrus’ defense was all over the place. It forced four turnovers and had four sacks.
-- It was Senior Night, and the final home game, for Concord’s 2020 class.
WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Northwest Cabarrus plays host to Cox Mill next Friday. Concord travels to A.L. Brown next week.
NW Cabarrus 7 6 8 21 – 42
Concord 6 0 0 7 -- 13
NW – Marquan Williams 85 pass from Nick Wilds-Lawing (Ezekial Senegal kick), 10:48
C – Cameron Sledge 1 run (kick failed), 1:43
NW – Wilds-Lawing 9 run (kick failed), 11:30
NW – Avarion Cole 5 run (George Miller-Duncan from Wilds-Lawing), 6:50
NW – Karsen Perkins 36 pass from Wilds-Lawing (Senegal kick), 9:50
NW – Caden Parker 30 interception return (Senegal kick), 8:02
C – Deonte Brown 7 run (Isaiah Clark kick), 5:19
NW – Cam Saunders 16 pass from Wilds-Lawing (Senegal kick), 2:52