Ellis, South football win again

Published 9:45 am Thursday, October 5, 2017

The red-hot football teams from Ellis and South Davie churned out ho-hum performances on Sept. 27.

Ellis, which has pretty much named its score every game for a month, built a 34-0 lead before easing up and winning 34-16 over visiting Forbush. The Falcons’ fourth-quarter touchdowns closed the margin to as close as anyone has fared against the 4-0 Jaguars.

Tate Carney scored three long-distance touchdowns, giving him 11 on the year. He ran it in from 43, 62 and 64 yards, the latter pushing Ellis’ halftime lead to 26-nil.

The Jaguars, who have attempted one pass all year, also got scoring runs from Isaac Webb (52 yards) and Alex Summers (10 yards). It was Webb’s third straight game with a TD. The Jaguars ran at will while plowing behind blockers Spencer Williams, Mark Dixon, Camden Beck, Charlie Frye and Justin Hayes.

Palmer Williams converted two kicks for a total of four points as Ellis ran its winning streak over Forbush to six.

Defensively, coach Danny Allard said Nick Mulkuski “has really shown improvement at defensive end.”


South racked up a routine win, 40-13, over visiting Starmount.

The Tigers and Jags will have a showdown at Ellis on Oct. 18. Ellis is winning 34-11 on average, with South’s average margin at 28-8. There are two common opponents so far. Ellis beat Lexington 38-6, while South beat Lexington 20-6. Ellis beat Starmount 28-6, while South won by 27.

The 4-0 Tigers, who are riding a 12-game winning streak, bolted to a 22-0 lead in the first four minutes against the Rams.

They showcased their complete offensive arsenal. Devonte Lyerly (three carries for 112 yards) scored on runs of 55 and 52 yards. CJ Dickerson (three carries for 75 yards) had a 60-yard TD. Isaiah Lytton “had a few big ones, but they were called back by penalties,” assistant coach Germain Mayfield said.

Trot Byerly only attempted four passes, but he made the most of them, his three completions resulting in 126 yards and two TDs. Owen Byers’ only pass attempt went for 18 yards.

It was the third 100-yard effort for Byerly, who tossed 66- and 58-yard TDs to Peyton Helton and Lytton, respectively. Silas Fuller hauled in the 18-yarder from Byers.

The backfield’s mystery guest, Bryan Argueta, joined the fun in the second half, turning four runs into 60 yards, including a 27-yard score.

“I just threw him in at running back,” Mayfield said of the seventh grader. “That’s the first time I’ve put him in the backfield all year. They said he played running back last year (for Cooleemee). He surprised me.”

“He’s with our receiving group, but the coaches were wanting to give him a try (at running back),” head coach Antwoine Hairston said. “And they were right.”

Lytton had an interception. JT Bumgarner, Andrew Shuler, Dickerson, Chance Jones and Seth Johnson had their usual productive games on defense.

“When you think intensity, you think about JT and Andrew,” Hairston said. “They are always geared up. CJ, Chance and Seth are going to bring the lumber every game. They’ve got the attitude. They’re nice kids off the field, but something turns on when we play and every day in practice.”


North Davie was overmatched against visiting Oak Grove, losing 37-7 on Sept. 28. It was radically different from last year, when the Grizzlies eked out an 8-6 win.

Jadon Davis had North’s TD on a run of 60-plus yards.