Hunter Untested in Victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Although he didn't contribute as much as he had hoped, Josh Hunter will gladly take Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek's 46-17 victory over Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell Friday night.

"This is wonderful to win our first game, because we didn't win much last year," Hunter said. "It was a good opening win for us. I think it's going to carry over for the rest of the season."

Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 172-pounder, started at cornerback – mostly playing the left side – for Mallard Creek. He did not see any time on offense or any of the special team units.

Ardrey Kell, which used a rotation of three quarterbacks, threw on Hunter four times. Two tosses, both occurring in the first half, were drastically overthrown.

Early in the fourth quarter, down 46-17, Ardrey Kell tested Hunter twice in a row. He deflected away both passes, but the first drew a questionable pass interference flag.

"I don't think it was [pass interference]," Hunter said. "I just did what my coach told me: lean and look. [The pass] was to me, practically."

Hunter was also in on two tackles.

Mallard Creek is in its second year of fielding a varsity team and first of having a senior class. Last season, the Mavericks went 1-10 including a 31-0 loss to Ardrey Kell. "[Tonight's win is] a big upgrade for us," Hunter said. "We just have to wait for the next game now [and] prepare for them."

Mallard Creek's next game comes Friday at home against Charlotte (N.C.) Harding.


Hunter, who claims North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as favorite schools, is in the process of mapping out his official visit schedule.

Hunter has already scheduled an official to West Virginia for the weekend of September 27 (versus Marshall). Additionally, he is supposed to contact Virginia Tech soon to debate which weekend Hunter will officially visit Blacksburg.

UNC is the only favorite Hunter has visited in some capacity. During recent conversations with Tommy Thigpen, his primary recruiter, a return trip to Chapel Hill has been brought up often.

"He wanted to try to get me down there to the Virginia Tech game they got [coming up]," Hunter said. "I'll probably go to that."

However, Hunter isn't sure whether the UNC-Virginia Tech game will be an official or unofficial visit.

Hunter said he is aiming to make a verbal commitment before the halfway point of his football season, which is approximately the end of September.


Prince Shembo, a 2010 UNC target, was also on the field Friday night. He played defensive end for Ardrey Kell, where he collected seven tackles (three solo) including two for a loss.

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