Player Focus: Mallard Creek RB #2 Quasean Holmes vs. Vance LB #5 Stefon Thompson
Quasean Holmes - We have not heard a lot about Quasean because he started the season a little banged up, however this is the kind of game he can make a huge difference in. Mallard Creek has Trenton Simpson of course and Brian Robinson, who made waves in the Dutch Fork game especially. But Holmes brings some special abilities of his own, catching the ball in space and showing some elite speed on plays such as stretches, tosses, and quick hitting plays out of the backfield. Against a talented Vance defense, Mallard Creek will have plenty of weapons that most teams don’t have, and Holmes has a chance to be a wild card in this game matching up against the talented Vance linebackers.
Stefon Thompson - Stefon this season, his senior year, is helping Vance in a lot of ways - a vocal team leader, playing offense in special packages, and continuing to play stellar defense. In his highlight film, Stefon shows some incredible ability to play the pass from the LB position, something that you don’t always see developed well in high school linebackers. In zone coverage he spot drops well and is aware of his responsibility and reacts well with his great athletic ability. Yet he also has enough speed not to be a liability against slot receivers in man coverage, and that will be an important asset this week against Mallard Creek’s Air Raid offense.
Updated With Game Preview From Matt Morrow & Shiree Glenn
Welcome to week six of high school football with Charlotte Football Insiders. This week CFI travels to Vance to watch the Cougars take on the Mallard Creek Mavericks.
Mallard Creek comes into this game 3-0-1 on the season, tying with Dutch Fork to start it off and winning the rest of the way. They are rolling on offense and they have senior quarterback Dustin Noller and junior wide receiver Elijiah Metcalf to thank for that. Noller has thrown 11 touchdowns for 1103 yards while Metcalf has 8 touchdown receptions for 488 yards. How do coach Mike Palmieri and his Mavericks respond to that suffocating Cougars defense?
Vance doesn’t shy away from offense either but it’s their defense that’s going to have to shine in this game. Vance is 3-0 for the season, their most impressive win coming against Heritage High School in Lynchburg, VA. In three games the Cougars have allowed just 14 points from their opponents and completely shut out Huss in their second week. Head coach, Glenwood Ferebee is going to have to ramp up their defense up to another level if they hope to contain Mallard Creek’s offense this week.
This being the first week of conference play sets up so many scenarios already for what the playoffs will look like. You have the top two teams in the I-Meck 4A conference going head-to-head. One shines on defense and they both shine on offense. Should be a great matchup for these two teams.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.