Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:41

Hopewell remains hopeful for future success

Written by  Ian Richardson
Ernest Davis ran for 110 yards against North Meck. Ernest Davis ran for 110 yards against North Meck. Durane Byrd Photography

To say Hopewell has had a tough season so far might not do the Titans’ situation justice.

Last Friday’s 34-0 home loss to North Meck — Hopewell’s fourth straight defeat in the series — dropped the Titans to 0-7 on the season and extended their losing streak to 17.

But first-year head coach Quinn Martin is by no means panicking, saying the young Titans are showing steady improvements, even if the scores don’t reflect it.

“The kids are playing hard,” he says. “They’re all still here. We’re not having guys dropping off because of the way things are going, which is encouraging.”

One of the biggest challenges for Martin, who was promoted to head coach a month before the season started, has been teaching his system in the midst of the season.

“Most teams get to install their system in the spring and fine-tune it in the summer. We didn’t get that opportunity,” he says. “We’re teaching them as we play, which is the hard part. It’s kind of like a train leaving the station, and they tell you ‘jump on, and oh by the way, you’re driving.’”

One bright spot for the Titans has been the play of junior running back Ernest Davis. Davis supplied Hopewell’s greatest offensive threat against North Meck, carrying 24 times for 110 yards.

“He’s a fighter. He gives it his all on every carry,” Martin says. “We talk in all our meetings about ways we can get him some help.”

Things don’t get any easier for Hopewell this week, as the Titans are set to host perennial power Mallard Creek on Friday. For Martin, the focus for the remainder of the season is weathering the storm.

“I tell them that if we can get through the year, then we can have the opportunity to really install our program,” he says. “We have a lot of guys coming back, and I think we can be pretty good. It’s important to not let this season get us too frustrated before that opportunity.”

PLP blanks Rams
Pine Lake Prep posted a 34-0 win over Highland Tech last week to snap a three-game losing skid and get its first Southern Piedmont Conference win of the year.

Kris Petroski led the way with 26 carries for 96 yards and two scores, while Jack Long added 68 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jack Cornaccione found Kyle Morey on a 30-yard passing touchdown.

Pine Lake (3-4) hosts unbeaten Bessemer City Friday.


CSD falls in shootout
Community School of Davidson’s game at unbeaten Thomas Jefferson Classical last Friday turned into a shootout.

The teams combined for 1,185 yards and 105 points. Ultimately, Thomas Jefferson emerged with a 63-42 win. Quarterback Luke Watts had a hand in all but six of CSD’s 532 yards. He ran 20 times for 183 yards and two scores and completed 23-of-50 passes for 343 yards and three scores, with four interceptions.

The Spartans (3-4) host Mountain Island Charter this week.


Tests keep coming for LNC
Lake Norman Charter lost 64-14 at unbeaten Maiden last Friday, and the Knights have another tough test this week when 6-1 Newton-Conover visits.

The Knights (3-4) are looking for their first win in the South Fork 2A.


Eagles back in action Friday
Idle last week, SouthLake Christian returns to the field Friday when it hosts High Point Christian.

The Eagles (3-3) will be seeking their first win since defeating Christ the King 41-0 on Sept. 15.

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