North expects Glenn test

North Davidson’s Kennedy McCoy (left) makes an evasive move against Lexington. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)

It’s the last nonconference game of the season Friday night when undefeated North Davidson plays host to neighboring rival Glenn at Palmer Field.

And there’s a reason for that.

“Obviously, the last tuneup before your conference season starts,” said North coach Mark Holcomb. “We feel like it’s going to be a good test because they’re a 4-A school out of Winston just like the teams we play in our conference. We look forward to the challenge.”

Indeed, Glenn almost seems like an ex-oficio member the of the Central Piedmont Conference. The Bobcats (2-2) have lost to West Forsyth 43-12, lost to Reagan 21-14 and defeated R.J. Reynolds in the last three weeks.

North (4-0) is coming off a 49-0 rout of Lexington, which was a welcome performance for the Black Knights after they had to rally to beat Asheboro 22-10 the week before.

“I thought we played a lot better last week on both sides of the ball,” Holcomb said. “Offensively, we were really good, I felt like, in the first half. Defensively, we were strong throughout.”

Even though the Knights have a spotless record, Holcomb wants them to get better.

“I feel like there’s some things that need work on special teams,” Holcomb said. “Our kickoff return coverage is not as good as we want to be. This is going to be the best team we have played defensively.”

But the Knights have plenty of weapons with which to attack it.

Sophomore tailback Kennedy McKoy leads the county with 514 yards rushing and has six touchdowns — five on the ground. Quarterback Brandon McCray has thrown for 440 yards and five TDs. His favorite target is Jordan Santana, who has 15 catches for 239 yards and five touchdowns. McCray had been alternating with Khylil Miller at quarterback but has emerged as the starter.

“Brandon will start and we’ll put Khylil in depending on the situation,” Holcomb said. “It’ll depend on how Brandon’s doing. Khylil helps us in so many other places.”

Junior nose tackle Shy Tuttle, who suffered a shoulder injury in the Asheboro game and sat out against Lexington, will dress for Friday’s game but Holcomb said his status is questionable.

Lexington (0-4) at Statesville (0-3)

The Yellow Jackets will try to get untracked against a Statesville team that is also struggling. Lexington’s offense has found the going tough since junior quarterback Nick Shuping went down with an ankle injury in a Week 2 loss to Newton-Conover. The Jackets have gone with Raekwon Byrd, who had 15 yards rushing as a tailback in the Newton-Conover game. Byrd has thrown for 279 yards and a touchdown.

The Greyhounds, who are also facing a rugged nonconference schedule, fell 40-24 at West Forsyth last week. Lexington will have to contend with sophomore quarterback Travis Ramseur, who has thrown for 682 yards and five touchdowns.

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