High school football: Lots of teams, individual records plummet in 2021 – Reuters

By Mike London
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SALISBURY — When people talk about the 2021 football season in the coming years, they’ll have to specify spring or fall, because there were two.

In the season that ended for Rowan County in November, a remarkable number of records were set or nearly set, and that goes for teams as well as individuals.

More records are sure to fall in 2022, as Salisbury full-back JyMikaah Wells finished his first year on the threshold of two major school records.

Wells has scored 49 career touchdowns in three college seasons, so Justin Ruffin’s 55 is just around the corner.

Wells has 3,442 rushing yards, so he’ll likely pass Dario Hamilton, who holds the Hornets career mark with 3,553, on opening night of the 2022 season.

Of course, Wells might not be able to push a new TD record far enough to hold off Salisbury quarterback Mike Geter for very long. Geter had 28 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore.

Geter fell just short of two Salisbury season records. He would have broken both with one more game. Brian Bauk still holds the record for total single-season offenses with 2,228 in 2012, while Griffin Myers (2017) still holds the record for single-season passing yardage with 1,525 in 2017.

Senior Marcus Cook broke Salisbury’s career records for receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,473).

As a team, the Hornets set a new county standard for scoring (53 points per game) and stifled the 1995 Hornets for a defensive record for fewest points allowed (5.41 per game).

The Hornets allowed 32 points in their last game at Maiden and fell just short of South Rowan’s modern county record for scoring defense. The 1978 Raiders allowed 5.09 points per game.

North Rowan pleaded for the most exciting season in county history, not only going 3-0 in overtime games, but breaking the school record for points per game (39.5) while while simultaneously challenging the school record for most points allowed per game. (31.1).

It’s true. When you went to see North Rowan, you were going to see 70 points per night on average.

North had three players who scored over 100 points, and that was something that had never happened in County on a team. Running back Jae’mias Morrow (138), receiver Amari McArthur (110) and quarterback Jeremiah Alford (106) all topped 100, though the county record (West’s KP Parks scored a ridiculous 356 in 2009) is probably safe for another century or so. .

McArthur has 21 career TD receptions after his junior season, so the school record of 23 set by Alfonzo Miller won’t last very long in 2022.

Neither is Bryson Gaymon’s school record of 1,990 receiving yards. McArthur has 1,731.

McArthur broke single-season marks for the Cavaliers this year with 1,191 receiving yards and 16 TD catches. He broke a single-game mark with 273 receiving yards (on just five catches) against North Stanly.

McArthur has 84 career catches. Thirteen Rowan receivers hit 100. The East’s Seth Wyrick topped the list with 189. Dr. Byrd set the North’s record with 142.

In addition to McArthur, West Rowan’s Peter Williams-Simpson had a 2021 season that put him on the all-time receiving list. He had 48 catches for 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns.

West had a prolific offensive team (35.1 points per game). Senior quarterback Noah Loeblein broke a single-game school record with 371 passing yards against Central Cabarrus and broke school and county records in that game with six touchdown passes.

Loeblein finished his career ranked seventh on Rowan County’s all-time passing yardage list with 4,780. Loeblein’s 2021 season – 2,334 passing yards – ranked eighth in county history by Rowan.

Loeblein has thrown 53 touchdown passes in his career and is fifth in County history in that category, behind only Samuel Wyrick of East, Payne Stolsworth and BJ Sherrill of West and Mario Sturdivant of North.

Alford, North’s first-year QB is already making his presence felt on the all-time passing list. He’s in the top 50 after just one season with 1,885 passing yards.

The Post has tracked the 50 best passing plays in county history since the late 1960s. Loeblein’s 371-yard game against Central Cabarrus placed him fifth on the county’s list.

Alford made the list twice as a freshman. He had 296 passing yards against North Stanly and 282 against Lexington.

Alford had 23 touchdown passes in his first year. He threw five in the playoff game against Robbinsville to tie the school record.

The Post has tracked every 1,000-yard rushing season since the late 1960s.

North’s Morrow (1,301), West’s Akin Robinson (1,233) and Salisbury’s Wells (1,209) were on the list this season.

The Post has also tracked every 200-yard rush game since the late 1960s. There have been a handful of new entries this season, including a rare one by a quarterback. Alford rushed for 224 yards in the playoff win over the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy.

West’s Robinson ran for 207 yards against Central Cabarrus.

Bulldozer Carson Carter Dowd rushed for 213 yards in his career game against Central.

Speaking of the Cougars, Hunter Burris has a few entries in the school record books for rushing yards by a quarterback. He had 930 rushing yards for the season and 188 in the game against South Stanly.

In the world of all-out attacking (meaning rushing and passing), Alford had an incredible 12-game freshman season that ranked fourth in school history and 10th in county history with 2,784 yards.

Loeblein didn’t amass many rushing yards, but he still had an all-time county top-25 season in total offense.

Loeblein finished 13th on the county’s career list for total offense with 5,097 yards.

He was special. Only 15 players in Rowan’s history have reached 5,000 – 11 quarterbacks and four running backs.

West’s KP Parks, who rushed for an incredible 10,915 yards, is by far the all-time leading rusher in the county. The next four on the list are quarterbacks – East’s Samuel Wyrick, North’s Sturdivant, West’s Sherrill and North’s Sakelo Lilly, who is perhaps the most underrated player of all time.

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