by Aaron Garcia
Statewide playoff implications, as well as bragging rights, are on the line this week as Union county football teams conclude regular-season play.
The best place to start is the week’s biggest game: a Southern Carolina 3A/4A conference showdown between Sun Valley (9-1, 4-0) and Porter Ridge (10-0, 4-0). The Pirates are looking for their first win over the Spartans, as well as the conference’s top 4A seed. Both teams are among the best in the state, but beating Sun Valley has eluded the Pirates in their six years of
Another big game features Marvin Ridge (8-2, 2-2) at Weddington (8-2, 2-2), which will decide the conference’s top 3A seed, as well as third place overall in the league. Weddington has lost two consecutive games (to Porter Ridge and Sun Valley) but still is perhaps the county’s most improved team. Playing this one at home certainly helps the Warriors’ odds. But Marvin Ridge appears to be rolling after an Oct. 15 loss to Sun Valley. A win at Weddington would be the Mavericks’ biggest of the season.
The race is just as tight in the Rocky River 1A/2A, thanks in large part to Monroe (7-3, 6-1), which handed Charlotte Berry (9-1, 6-1) its first loss last week. If Piedmont (9-1, 7-0) loses to Charlotte Berry and Monroe beats rival Forest Hills (6-4, 5-2) this week, the Redhawks would earn the conference’s top 1A seed and second place in the conference. If Piedmont wins, the Panthers would wrap up the conference crown with a flawless 8-0 conference mark. Forest Hills owns a four-game winning streak, though, and seems ready to further muddy the waters with a win.
Local players make Shrine Bowl
The 2010 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will have a strong Union County presence this season as three local athletes made the North Carolina roster.
Monroe’s Jamison Crowder will play receiver in the game, as will Parkwood’s Marcus Leak. Forest Hills linebacker Aaron Sigmon also made the team.
Forest Hills coach John Lowery was named head coach of the team. Monroe’s Johnny Sowell will serve as an assistant.
The Shrine Bowl is an all-star event that features 44 of the top seniors from the Carolinas, with the two states facing each other Dec. 18 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
General admission tickets will be sold at all BI-LO stores for $10 before the game, or $15 at the game. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 1-800-648-2695 or visiting www.shrine-bowl.com.