Archive - Oct 2010 - Sports Article
Nate Johnson made a transition from the beginning of the season to now. Johnson, a senior running back at Maiden, was used primarily for his speed at the beginning of the season compared to quarterback Matt Johnsonâs power.
That role changed as the season went on, and it showed Friday night at Maiden against the Bunker Hill Bears.
âAt first, I was just a speed back when they needed to use me in the backfield,â Nate Johnson said. âOver the weeks and weeks, Iâve been more of the power back running the football more as we are getting ready for the playoffs.â
Bandys put all the pieces of the puzzle together Friday in a 39-19 win over East Burke. The Trojans amassed 460 yards of total offense â 229 rushing and 231 passing yards, in the win.
âWe played a few good games against some good teams this season,â Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. âIâm just happy we put it all together to get a win.â
Trojan quarterback David Barrow worked mostly in the shotgun formation and capitalized on spreading out the Cavalier defense.
South Iredell turned five Newton-Conover turnovers into 20 points and a Catawba Valley Athletic Conference championship as the Vikings conquered the Red Devils 32-28.
âFive turnovers. Thatâs about all I can tell you,â said Newton-Conover coach Nick Bazzle. âYou canât turn the ball over like that. It was too sloppy a game. I knew coming in that we just canât make mistakes, and we did, and it cost us.â
It cost Newton-Conover a perfect season and possibly cut into the Red Devilsâ chances for home-field advantage when the playoffs start after next week.
Itâs time for the main event. After weeks of anticipation, the biggest game in the Catawba Valley 2-A this season will kickoff Friday when Newton-Conover travels to South Iredell. Both teams enter the game 9-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. The winner will most likely be the 2010 CVAC champion.
âThe game should be a good one,â Vikings head coach Scott Miller said. âWeâre happy to be battling Newton-Conover for the championship, because they are a good, well-coached football team.â
Lenoir-Rhyne kicker Colin Corpe is having a special week. Corpe garnered two awards for his performance Saturday in the Bearsâ home win, their first since 2006, over Tusculum.
Corpe won the South Atlantic Conferenceâs Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, and on Wednesday he won the D2Football.comâs weekly special teams player award.
Corpe made four field goals Saturday, including a career-long, 47-yard kick, and two extra points scoring 14 points in Lenoir-Rhyneâs 34-31 win.
The Maiden Blue Devils had a tall and tough task Tuesday facing talented Salisbury. They came up short.
âI feel like we were just beaten by a better team,â Maiden coach Jon Huffman said. âOur kids played well, and I am proud of the effort they showed out there, but Salisbury is just very, very good. Our kids knew that coming in.â
The Maiden Blue Devils and Salisbury Hornets are back at it this year. The Blue Devils and Hornets meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maiden in a rematch of the 2009 West region final in the 2-A tennis tournament.
Salisbury won the match 5-1 and went on to win the state 2-A dual-team title âÂ its third in the past five years. The Hornets won team championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 during a string of five-straight trips to the title match.
The return of Matt Moore to Carolinaâs starting lineup Sunday did two things. It revived the Panthersâ sluggish offense, and it led the Panthers to their first win of 2010 in the first start of the third Matt Moore era in Carolina.
âItâs huge,â he said. â0-5 is not fun. Guys loved it, and we just need to continue this.â
With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its âown worst enemy,â the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.
According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was âgut check time.â
âAt halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,â Johnson said. âIt was something we hadnât done all year, and we finally did it.â
Hickory scored three second-half touchdowns, including 14 unanswered points in a 77-second span in the fourth quarter to seal a 35-21 win over rival St. Stephens.
Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hillâs 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.
âIf heâs fired up, weâre fired up,â said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. âJust give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.â