Team of the week: Harding football

It'd been 24 years since the Harding football had defeated rival West Charlotte — although with a streak like that, the word "rivalry" almost seemed out of place. But that all changed last Friday, when the Rams beat the Lions, 37-23. Sophomore tailback Shaun Wilson led the victorious effort, piling up 148 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries.

The win, which pushed the Rams to 2-1 on the season, could mark an even greater turnaround. Since reaching the 1987 state title game, Harding had fallen on hard times, going 55-185 and producing just two winning seasons in the last 20 years.

Now, with first-year coach and former Carolina Panther Deveron Harper at the helm, the Rams appear headed in the right direction as Friday's home contest against South Meck looms.

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.