August 28, 2007

Scouting Andrew Wallace versus Independence

Last Friday The Wolfpacker made the 2.5 hour drive to Charlotte and watched powerful Independence High visit Olympic High. The trip was already planned for weeks even before Olympic offensive lineman Andrew Wallace committed to NC State earlier that morning. On Independence's team is tight end Mario Carter, also a Wolfpack pledge, but Carter is out for the season with a knee injury.

The Game

Olympic was like most of Independence's opponents, overmatched by a superior team. Independence used a stingy defense and four touchdown runs from senior running back Roderick Chisholm to roll to a 36-0 win and improve its astounding winning streak to 109 games. But Olympic did have its chances to make the game more interesting.

At the end of the first half with Indy up 22-0, Olympic was driving before the Patriots' star junior safety DeVonte Holloman picked off a pass at the goal line. A promising drive for the Trojans to open the second half stalled when Olympic fumbled twice on one play and lost nearly 25 yards. A sack and run for a loss later they faced literally a fourth and 50. Then pinned deep and the score still 22-0, Olympic had a huge pass play, but the receiver fumbled at the end of a catch and run that traveled over 50 yards and Independence recovered.

Scouting Andrew Wallace

The book on Wallace coming into the game was that he is an above average athlete for an offensive lineman that needs to fill out and get stronger. For the most part that report looked pretty accurate.

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