Marvin Ridge defeated Cuthbertson, 19-13, in a pivotal Southern Carolina Conference game with only three games remaining in the season.
A freshman quarterback, Evan Medders, led the Mavericks along with an opportunistic and tenacious defense that held a high-scoring Cavalier offense to single digits for the majority of the game.
Medders (5-foot-11, 190-pounds) led Marvin Ridge Middle School to an 8th-grade championship in 2019, and many hope for similar results before he graduates high school. Last night, Medders threw an 84-yd touchdown pass early in the first quarter and scored on a short run late in the first half.
A lot can happen in four years, but as far as Medders is concerned, the kid has a strong arm, is confident in the pocket, has the ability to sense pressure, and the legs and quick feet to escape and produce positive yardage. That's not easy to teach.
Medders is a special talent and a hard worker in the same vein as recent successful county predecessors Will Shipley and Sam Howell. It won't be easy to replicate his middle school success, especially playing the game's toughest position. Still, if the young man's work ethic continues and remains in good health, the future is bright for Medders and the Mavericks.
Shifting to the defense, the final score, 19-13, is slightly deceiving. Marvin Ridge held a potent offense to single-digit scoring until the final seconds of the game. The Mavericks got good pressure up front most of the night, resulting in a few sacks and three interceptions by the defensive secondary.
Marvin Ridge will need a near-perfect performance on both sides of the ball next week when they face Weddington on the road in another crucial conference match-up.
Below, Head Coach Aubrey Carter, along with quarterback Evan Medders and wide receiver, Alex Meeks share their thoughts on last night's game and their prospects ahead.