Stephan Zayachkowsky (PR)

Pirate's Zayachkowsky headed to Charleston Southern!

Porter Ridge senior Stephan Zayachkowsky announced that he will continue he academics and football career at Charleston Southern University. Zayachkowsky announced his intentions on his twitter account, “Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my football journey! I’m proud to announce my commitment to play football at Charleston Southern University!”. Zayachkowsky, a 2-year starter for the Pirates and heading into his senior year was named 1st Team All-UCHSF as a junior and sophomore while being named All-SCC as well. Zayachkowsky has totaled 147 career tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 816 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns in his three years as a varsity starter for the Pirates. Congrats Stephan and good luck!

Andy Markatine (CU)

Cavs name Markatine as HC

The Cuthbertson Cavaliers have named Andy Markatine as the new head football coach. The Cavs announced the news via their twitter account,"Cuthbertson Athletics is excited to announce our new HFC - Andy Markatine. He comes to @cuttyfootball after a 6-yrs as DC at Myers Park w/ 64-14 record, & last year as asst @ Wingate. Welcome to @CHS_Cavsnation Coach!" Markatine replaces Trey Kavanaugh who stepped down in May to pursue a college position at App. State. Kavanaugh was 13-18 over three seasons and led the Cavs to the 3rd round of the state playoffs in 2021. The Cavs will build around junior QB Parker Burke and junior WR Keenan Jackson moving forward in 2022. Good Luck Coach!!!

Trey Kavanaugh(CU)

Cavs Kavanaugh steps down

Cuthbertson’s Trey Kavanaugh has stepped down as head football coach. The Cavaliers announced the move via their twitter account, “The Cuthbertson Athletic Department would like to thank Trey Kavanaugh for leading the football program these past three years. Coach Kavanaugh helped create a culture of Attitude, Pride, and Effort that will continue for seasons to come. We wish Coach Kavanaugh the best as he pursues his dreams, with the same mindset that he instilled during his time at Cuthbertson – FEARLESS. Again, from all of Cav Nation thank you and the best of luck in your future.”

Kavanaugh was 13-18 over three seasons and led the Cavs to the 3rd round of the state playoffs in 2021. The Cavs will build around junior QB Parker Burke and junior WR Keenan Jackson moving forward. Good Luck Coach!!!

Tim Boyd (PW)

Pakwood taps Boyd as new HC

The Wolf Pack have decided on their new head football coach. Parkwood announced the hire via their Twitter account, “Excited to announce our new Head Football Coach Tim Boyd! Glad to have you on board! Football parents and players, we will host a "meet the Coach" night Thursday June 2 at 6pm in the main gym! Coach Boyd joins the Wolf Pack from his most recent stop as Defensive Coordinator at Guilford College. His coaching career includes time at CD at Mallard Cree HS, as well as Chester HS—winning a state championship in 2018. He began his HS coaching career as an assistant at York High in SC. He is a graduate of Clover HS, and currently resides in Rock Hill with his wife and 4 children. Coach Boyd replaces Coach Gittens who sadly unexpectedly passed away earlier this year.”

The Wolf Pack was 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the rocky river in 2021 and advanced to the 2nd round of the state playoffs. Parkwood will continue to build around 3 seniors on offensive in QB Cam Enos, RB Wisdom Holmes and WR Isaiah Mobley. Parkwood opens the 2022 season on August 19th hosting Cuthbertson.

Ryan Smith (SV)

Sun Valley picks Ryan Smtih to lead the Spartans

Sun Valley has named former Spartan standout Ryan Smith the new head football coach. Sun Valley AD Keith Mason made the announcement via his twitter account, “We are excited to announce Ryan Smith as our next Head Football Coach! Please join us in welcoming Coach Smith back home!” Smith takes over a Sun Valley program that finished 2021 2-8 after Drew Hackett stepped down as head football coach after 4 games into the 2021 season. Sun Valley has a good core returning for 2022 with QB Brady Turriff, WR Landon Thomas, RB Tony McFadden on offense and DB Eli Fletcher on defense. Smith was the receivers coach at Weddington the past three years. Smith played quarterback at Sun Valley from 2009-2011 and finished his Spartan playing career as Union Co.’s 4th all-time leading passer with 6624 yards and thew 76 TDs which stands 3rd all time in Union Co. history. Welcome back Coach Smith and Congrats!!

Shaleak Knotts (M)

Knotts finishes 2nd all-time in receiving TDs

Monroe’s outstanding WR and future Maryland Terrapin Shaleak Knotts finishes his career 2nd All-Time in Union Co. history with 42 career receiving TDs. The Union Co. record for receiving TDs in a career is held by Sun Valley great Jeremiah Miller who caught 51 TDs from 2013-2016. Knotts has a total of 46 career TDs scored and ranks 14th in Union Co. history. Forest Hills legend Juanne Blount has the record of 88 TDs scored in a career.

Most receiving TDs in a career

Landyn Backey (W)

Backey finishes the sesason with 75 receptions!

Weddington’s Landyn Backey finished the 2021 season with a school record 75 receptions in a season. Backey entered the 4th round playoff game vs. Chambers with 72 receptions Backey broke the former record of 70 receptions in season by Zach Goins who set the Warrior record in 2014. Backey finishes the season tied with Sun Valley’s Jody Fuller for 7th best in Union Co. history for receptions in a season. The Union Co. record for receptions in a season is 104 catches set by Cuthbertson’s JT Cauthen set in 2014. Congrats Landyn!!

Most receptions in a season

Khamoni Robinson (M)

Robinson ties Union Co. record with 7 touchdown passes!

Monroe's junior QB Khamoni Robinson throws 7 TDs in the 60-29 route of JM Robinson in the 2nd round of the state 2A playoffs. Robinson ties the Union Co. record of 7 TDs passing in a game held by Marvin Ridge QB Austin Colonna. Robinson's 7 TDs are a Monroe HS record previously held by QB's Matt Bennett, Zephania Wall & Justin Sanders, who threw 5 TDs in a game. Robinson joins an elite group of historic Union Co. quarterbacks with 6 or more passing TDs including Cuthbertson's Austin Kendall & Parker Burke, Sun Valley's Sam Howell and Weddington's Jeff Buseick and Whitner Litton. Congrats Khamoni!

Most Passing TDs in a single game

Luke Raykovicz (MR)

Marvin Ridge's Raykovicz enters Union Co. record book

Marvin Ridge's Luke Raykovicz enterd the Union Co. record book after putting up 204 yards receiving in the 23-18 loss to Weddington. Raykovicz had 5 receptions for the 204 yards and 2 TDs. Luke's 204 receiving yards ranks him 19th all-time in Union Co. history. The Marvin Ridge record for receiving yards in a game is held by Devin Powell with 237 yafds set in 2016 vs. Concord. The Union Co. record for receiving yards in a game is 288 yards by Piedmont's Dan Brooks in 2002 vs. Ashbrook. Congrats Luke!

Most receiving yards in a game

Jake Young (MR)

Marvin Ridge's Jake Young headed to Elon

Marvin Ridge's Jake Young will continue his education and footbal career at Division 1 Elon in the fall of 2022. Young made his announcemnt via twiter, "I am extremely excited and proud to announce that I am committing to Elon University to continue my academic and athletic career...." Young, a 6'4 220lbs tight-end/defensive end was named All-UCHSF 1st Team and All-SCC after recording 17 catches for 130 yards and 2 TDs along with 7 tackles on defense in a covid short 2020 season. Congrats Jake!.

Myles Carroll (PR)

Porter Ridge's Carroll will play at the next level

Porter Ridge's Myles Carroll will play college football at Washington and Lee University. Carroll annoucned his commitment via his twitter account, "Thank you to all of my amazing family and coaches for shaping me into the person and player I am today. Because of their influence I am blessed and extremely excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Washington and Lee University!!" Carroll is a 2-year starter and was named 2nd Team All-UCHSF as a junior(COVID short season) while passin for 708 yards and 6 TDs and added 254 rushing yards and 6 TDs. Through 5 games this season Carroll has thrown for 645 yards and 6 TDs. Congrats Myles!.

Isaiah Mobley (PW)

Mobley sets Wolf Pack record and enters the Union Co. record book

Parkwood Wolf Packs outstanding receiver junior Isaiah Mobley entered the Union Co. record book after putting up 208 receiving yards in teh 39-29 win over Forest Hills. Mobley had 7 receptions for the 208 yards and 1 TD and ties him for 16th all-time with Marvin Ridge's Ian Hutter. Mobley's 208 receiving yards are a Parkwood school record as well. The previous Wolfpack record was held by Isaiah's brother Sam Mobley with 194 receiving yards. The Union Co. record for receiving yards in a game is 288 yards by Piedmont's Dan Brooks in 2002 vs. Ashbrook. Congrats Isaiah!.

Most receiving yards in a game

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