Warriors stick to routine

For many coaches, having the Tuesday before a second-round playoff game off from school could be a taxing exercise, especially with a team such as Charlotte Catholic and its Double-Wing-T rushing attack in store for Friday, Nov. 9. But Weddington coach Tim Carson said he tried to keep his team’s routine intact this week, despite the day off.

“Really, it wasn’t that bad,” said Carson. “Our kids showed up at the regular time, and we kept the same routine as far as practicing. The only difference was we didn’t have school. We’re just trying to stay focused for Friday.”

Last week’s opponent, Concord Cox Mill, offered a similar challenge with its Option offense, said Carson.

“We had to get used to the speed of the game defensively and then, after that, we had a pretty good ball game,” said Carson, whose team won, 42-6.

The Warriors received big contributions from receiver Ryan Black, who returned a kick off for a score and hauled in a 40-yard heave to put the Warriors up, 21-6, at halftime. Running back Gavin Black ran for 140 yards and one touchdown, while safety Billy Ryan returned an interception for a touchdown.

Charlotte Catholic is fueled by 6-foot, 215-pound fullback Elijah Hood, who has run for 34 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards this season. Carson said it helps that one of his team’s strengths all year has been its defensive front, even though it will need to replace linebacker Heath Moore, who will be sidelined for the second game with an ankle sprain.

“(Those guys) have done a good job all season long,” Carson said. “Hopefully they can keep (Charlotte Catholic’s) linemen off our linebackers, and both of them can get in the mix and make some plays.

“I think this is going to be a war, just like our last three conference games were,” Carson continued. “It should be good.”

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