Football Notebook

Notebook: Sanderson linemen earn praise; Ravenscroft TE to play on US team

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 8, 2013 

Sanderson drove 99 yards for the winning touchdown during the final minutes of Friday’s 20-14 win against Heritage. It was an impressive drive, especially since the Spartans had managed only 63 total yards in the first half.

Quarterback Matt Koehler said the offensive line was the key.

“The offensive line is the only reason we won,” Koehler said.

Sanderson had 249 total yards, 167 rushing and 82 passing, during the second half.

“You’ve got to give credit to the O-line as always,” said Sanderson coach Ben Kolstad, praising the play of center Brad Hughes, guards Simon Jackowski and Dagi Bayunga and tackles Elijah Bell and Elijah Bivens.

Cap 8 showdown: Wake Forest, No.1 in The N&O rankings, will play at undefeated No.3 Wakefield on Friday night in a Cap 8 4A showdown.

The league appears to be very balanced, but the winner will be in a very good position to win the regular-season title.

Raven is all-star: Ravenscroft tight end Avery Edwards has been selected to represent the United States in the U.S. Football Classic on Feb.7 in Arlington, Texas. The 50-man U.S. squad will play an all-star team from Canada.

The North Carolina recruit added defensive end duties this season.

“We asked him to take on new responsibilities this year,” said Ravens coach Ned Gonet. “He probably is to the point where he could play in an all-star game on the defensive side, too. He pretty much shuts down his side.”

Gonet said the Ravens have been close to having an outstanding season. Ravenscroft dropped N.C. Independent School Athletic Association games to Charlotte Latin and Charlotte Country Day, but it had the ball and a chance to take the lead during the final minutes of each game.

“We just haven’t quite been able to get it done,” Gonet said. “We’ve compete and made an great effort, but just couldn’t quite pull the games out.”

400-yard game: North Raleigh quarterback Richard Landis completed 23 of 32 passes for 409 yards and six touchdowns in a 58-19 win against Pine Lake Prep on Friday.

Pack has local look: Ten area high school football players currently are on the two-deep roster at N.C. State, including seven players who start at least part-time.

The area starters are: sophomore cornerbck Juston Burris (Broughton), junior linebacker Brandon Pittman (Leesville Road), senior linebacker Zach Gentry (Leesville Road), freshman kick returner Johnathan Alston (Bunn), junior kicker Nicolas Sade (Wakefield), junior runner Tony Creecy (Southern Durham), sophomore safety Hakim Jones and senior offensive tackle Rob Crisp (Athens Drive).

Also on the two-deep is freshman defensive end Drew Davis (Broughton), sophomore safety Tim Buckley (Cardinal Gibbons) and sophomore safety Josh Stanley (Leesville Road).

Marshall out: Former Millbrook running back standout Keith Marshall is expected to be out for the rest of the season after injuring his ACL during Georgia’s 34-31overtime// victory at Tennessee on Saturday.

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