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 Johnsonâ€™s power.
That role changed as the season went on, and it showed Friday night at Maiden against the Bunker Hill Bears.
â€śAt first, I was just a speed back when they needed to use me in the backfield,â€ť Nate Johnson said. â€śOver the weeks and weeks, Iâ€™ve been more of the power back running the football more as we are getting ready for the playoffs.â€ť
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.
â€śWe played a few good games against some good teams this season,â€ť Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. â€śIâ€™m just happy we put it all together to get a win.â€ť
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.
â€śFive turnovers. Thatâ€™s about all I can tell you,â€ť said Newton-Conover coach Nick Bazzle. â€śYou canâ€™t turn the ball over like that. It was too sloppy a game. I knew coming in that we just canâ€™t make mistakes, and we did, and it cost us.â€ť
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.
Itâ€™s 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.
â€śThe game should be a good one,â€ť Vikings head coach Scott Miller said. â€śWeâ€™re happy to be battling Newton-Conover for the championship, because they are a good, well-coached football team.â€ť
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 Conferenceâ€™s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, and on Wednesday he won the D2Football.comâ€™s 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-Rhyneâ€™s 34-31 win.
The Maiden Blue Devils had a tall and tough task Tuesday facing talented Salisbury. They came up short.
â€śI feel like we were just beaten by a better team,â€ť Maiden coach Jon Huffman said. â€śOur 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€ť
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 â€”Â 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 Carolinaâ€™s 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.
â€śItâ€™s huge,â€ť he said. â€ś0-5 is not fun. Guys loved it, and we just need to continue this.â€ť
With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its â€śown worst enemy,â€ť the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.
According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was â€śgut check time.â€ť
â€śAt halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,â€ť Johnson said. â€śIt was something we hadnâ€™t done all year, and we finally did it.â€ť
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 Hillâ€™s 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.
â€śIf heâ€™s fired up, weâ€™re fired up,â€ť said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. â€śJust give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.â€ť