"He's in there because he's a playmaker," said West Stanly head football coach Rich Williams. "We count on him a lot to make those plays. On the other hand, his teammates can't depend on those all the time. They've got to step-up and make plays for us as well."
Sturdivant, a 6-foot-3 220-pound quarterback/safety, played a major part in all three of the Colts' touchdowns. On offense, he completed 13-of-28 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed ten times for 18 yards and a touchdown.
The first score of the night, a one-yard lunge up the middle, came in the first quarter after a teammate failed to catch a 35-yard pass in the end zone.
Sturdivant would come through once again before the first half closed. After a penalty called back a 26-yard touchdown pass and a false start pushed the Colts back ten more yards, Sturdivant connected with Marquis Brown for a 36-yard touchdown on third and long.
"I didn't feel any pressure I just tried to make plays for my team," said Sturdivant. "We got to be more disciplined."
Additionally, Sturdivant had a 45-yard pass, and rushes of 30 and 15 yards all called back because of penalties. He also watched a 35-yard punt return – his only return of the day – canceled out by a clipping call.
In between his two offensive touchdowns, Sturdivant intercepted a pass and returned it 27 yards for a score.
"I read the quarterback and jumped," said Sturdivant. "They don't throw the ball a lot, so I played back a little bit. After he faked [the pass], I read who he was throwing it to."
At halftime, West Stanly was up 21-0. However, the miscues caught up and Central Cabarrus was able to close the gap with two unanswered touchdowns. With less than a minute left, the Vikings recovered the onside kick and were driving.
One last time, Sturdivant saved the day by picking off a pass with 38 seconds remaining in the ball game.
"I was just trying to make a play with the second interception – luckily I caught it," said Sturdivant. "I was going for the interceptions all the way."
Defensively, Sturdivant ended the night with six tackles (four solo), a pass breakup and two interceptions from his "centerfielder" free safety position.
"We do some different coverages with him, but basically he is a centerfielder," said Williams. "If it's a run, he needs to come up and support the alley and if it's a pass he needs to stay back and defend the pass.
"He did a good job tonight. We have one coverage blown and that's not too bad for a first game. He also had a couple mistackles. But, he played a pretty complete game for us."
On the recruiting front, Sturdivant is down to two schools – North Carolina and Florida. He plans to visit Florida in about a month.
"Sometime in September, I haven't set it up yet," said Sturdivant. "It will be an official visit."
Sturdivant figures to be ready to make a verbal commitment after officially visiting Gainesville. He might, though, take one other official visit to North Carolina he said.
In the meantime, Sturdivant and West Stanly will concentrate on next week's bout with Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley.