by Brandon Blakney
Week six of our high school football coverage brought a ton of excitement and plenty of enticing story lines!
We saw some undefeated teams remain unscathed, while others cracked under pressure, big players made plays, and some unheralded heroes stepped up when called upon. Hold on for the ride because like these athletes we’re coming at you full speed!
1. Ragsdale looked explosive offensively
The Tigers(4-2, 0-0), went off for 395 yards of total offense, 243 of those yards were gained on the ground behind a massive offensive line. Quarterback Devan Boykin proved to be the best athlete on the field, he racked up a chunk of those yards on the ground and also threw for 152 yards on the evening. Boykin showed precision and patience in the pocket, he got rid of the ball quick and allowed these playmaker to operate. Boykin looked good throwing on the run as well, the East Surry defense had issues containing him in the pocket. Another impressive note was Boykin also lined up to return a few punt’s for Ragsdale.
Stud running back Willie Brown found the end zone twice in the first half, he ran hard and really punished the Cardinals in the open field. The Tigers offensive line made life easy for these guys to operate, this physical group absolutely set the tone at the line of scrimmage.
2. Parkland’s defense looked Scary good
Parkland (6-0,1-0), smacked the opposition early in this conference opener, and never really allowed Southwest Guilford (5-1, 0-1), to get any rhythm offensively. The group is led by do it all linebacker Lee Kpogba, the play maker was all over the field. The defensive line also gave great push on the line of scrimmage, as a unit they routinely pressured Cowboys quarterback Devin Flowers.
Offensively the duo of quarterback Camian Shell and running back Jac Roseboro paced the Mustangs. Shell completed 13-of-24 pass through the air, for 163 yards, and two touchdowns. Shell is having a big sophomore year and continues to lead an explosive offense, Roseboro carried the ball 26 times, and racked up 138 yards on the ground. These two athletes are dynamic in space and understand how to utilize the entire field.
The Stang Gang moves on to play conference foe Smith(1-5, 0-1), this Friday.
3. Breon Pass is a game changer
Pass is a sophomore athlete for the Reidsville Rams, in their recent victory he impacted the game in all three phases. Offensively Pass lined up at receiver and snagged two touchdowns, the first came after a one-handed grab on a post route that went 50 yards. The second score proved to be a dagger in this game on a critical fourth and goal, Pass broke free on a decisive slant route.
Defensively, Pass has been a regular starter in the Rams secondary as well and he’s been a ballhawk all year. Pass has a nose for the football, he was able to scoop a crucial fumble recovery after a big hit, and it earned this Rams offense an important extra possession. Pass also helped establish excellent field position on special teams, he averaged around 40 yards a return on five punts.
Reidsville (6-0, 0-0), remains one of the most talented teams in the state, they are charging right now into a matchup with T. Wingate Andrews (2-3, 1-0), this Friday.
4. East Forsyth soars again
The Eagles (5-0,0-0), made a statement with a 55-21 drubbing of Grimsley (2-4, 0-0) in their most recent contest. East Forsyth has traditionally featured a stout defense and this season is no different. This team has play makers lined up at all three levels on the defense, this unit is experienced and confident. In the second half they pitched a shutout, Khalid Martin and Khalil Baker anchored a stingy secondary, Martin finished with eight tackles and took a kickoff 73 yards to the house.
Defensive linemen Thomaz Johnson and Torrian Jackson made their presence felt on the defensive line, they routinely closed the pocket and blew up running lanes.
Offensively East exploded for 24 first half points, they were in synch early and often. Running back Ahmani Marshall ran hard, he refused to go down once he got into the second and third levels of the Whirlies defense.
Sophomore quarterback Ty Lyles had one of the most impressive throws of the week, he tossed a 78 yard bomb, an absolute strike to Mizell Hall for a momentum shifting touchdown. Lyles finished with three scores and 251 yards touchdowns through the air on the evening.
5. Quick Hitters
Bishop Mcguinness (4-2, 0-0), put up 84 total points against Christ the King School (0-6, 0-0).
Senior quarterback Mac Mcalhany went 6-of-7- through the air, for 130 yards, and two scores.
Sophomore running back Daniel Cancro ran for 168 yards, and four touchdowns, on just 12 carries.
Ledford (4-1, 3-0), made history with their first ever home win over Thomasville (3-2, 1-2). Senior Robert Little paced the offense with three scores on the ground, the defense also finished strong with a shutout. Little proved to be an iron man finishing with six solo tackles to lead the Panthers defense as well.
Eastern Guilford (4-1,1-0), continues to roll this season, they may not get all the headlines but week in and week out the Wildcats perform. This week sophomore signal caller Kamell Smith tossed out a trio of touchdowns, for 200 yards passing. Smith spread the ball out all around the field to these skilled playmakers at receiver.