There were a number of strong opening-night performances last week, particularly at the quarterback position.
Myers Park senior Ross Jeffries, for instance, nearly was perfect, completing nine of 10 passes for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jeffries also ran for a 40-yard touchdown during the Mustangs’ shutout win over Garinger.
In Charlotte Christian’s 41-0 victory over Northeast Prep, senior Eric Lynch completed 12 of 18 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns and added a nine-year scoring run to complete his impressive night.
Not to be outdone, Providence senior James Haigh also threw a pair of touchdowns – to Derek Brouse and Austin Proehl – while running for a 2-yard score of his own to help the Panthers take down Hopewell, 30-19.
But the strong quarterback play didn’t just come during victories.
Providence Day senior Chase Ferguson was strong during the Chargers’ 34-21 loss to Class 3A perennial public-school contender Belmont South Point. Ferguson exceeded 250 yards passing, registering touchdown passes to Mark Brame and Ben Bjork. Ferguson also scored on a touchdown run to help Providence Day take a 21-13 lead at halftime.
Defensively, Jaylon McClinton and David Hogan each registered interceptions for Charlotte Christian. Providence Day senior Grant McGarity also had an interception.