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Newton-Conover came up short on a critical fourth-and-18 hook-and-lateral play with under one minute to play, and as a result, the Red Devils came up short on an upset win over undefeated South Iredell.
After trailing 7-0, the home-standing Red Devils scored 12 unanswered points to take a lead over the Vikings. A 10-yard run by quarterback Kevin Cline and a five-yard run by Matt Coulter put Newton-Conover ahead 12-7 in the second quarter.
South Iredellâs Cameron Mattox regained the lead before halftime, 15-12, but the game was far from finished.
Bandysâ defense muzzled East Burke, while the Trojansâ Dominique Young rushed for four touchdowns to help lift his team to a 45-6 win over the Cavaliers.
After leading 27-0 at halftime, Bandys allowed the only East Burke points in the early going of the second half. The Cavaliers Chuckie Ritchie scored on a 27-yard passing play to put East Burke on the board, 27-6.
Bandys responded immediately, marching down the field and Young scored on a 39-yard touchdown run, his fourth scoring run of the night. Young finished the night with 178 yards on 19 carries.
Fred T. Foard finished strong in its regular season finale against Hickory, beating the Lady Red Tornadoes on their Senior Night, 25-19, 25-16, 25-17.
The Lady Tigersâ win is the second of the season against a Hickory squad it hadnât beaten in three years.
âIt feels good that it was a win against Hickory,â said Foard coach Alison Yount. âThatâs always a big deal. They are tough. They have gotten better. Theyâve improved a lot during the course of the season. I think they gave us a really good match tonight.â
Thriving in pain in the third set against Bandys, Newton-Conover senior volleyball player Isabella Zaliagiris fought through an injury.
The senior drove down 27 kills in Mondayâs CVAC volleyball final, leading the Lady Red Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Lady Trojans in the rubber match between the two schools.
âI got a cramp,â Zaliagiris said. âMy head was still in the game and my heart was still in the game. I just wanted to get my cramp cleared up so I could get back on the floor as soon as possible. I wanted nothing more than to beat Bandys.â
The last time Newton-Conover and Bandys met on the soccer field, the Red Devils blew out the Trojans 7-2 on the road.
On Monday, Bandys played much better but still was unable to get over the hump, dropping a difficult 3-0 game at Gurley Stadium.
Matt Kenseth may have started second in Saturday's Bank of America 500, but he played second fiddle to no one when all was said and done.
The driver of the No. 17 Fluidmaster Foard passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go on his way to his 21st career victory and second-ever win in Chase races.
Leading 7-0 early in the second half, Fred T. Foardâs defense defined itself in the Tigersâ conference contest at St. Stephens.
With the Indians punting from their own end zone, Foardâs Tanner Fleming knew the game was on the line.
âI gave it all I had. I knew it was important. I knew it was a big play to make,â Fleming said of a play where he blocked a Zach Bryant punt that was recovered by Sam Benfield in the end zone for a Foard touchdown.
âIt felt like a dream,â he continued. âWe are not a team that wins often, but right there, it clinched the victory.â
You could say Matt Johnson had the âMidas Touchâ on Friday.
The senior quarterback, ran for three touchdowns on three runs in Fridayâs game, making his last regular-season home game at Maiden High School a memorable one.Â
Johnson, along with teammate Will Jenkins, helped the Blue Devils pull ahead 27-0 in the first half and never looked back, earning a 48-7 conference victory over the visiting East Burke Cavaliers.
Sharing the same colors during âVolley for the Cureâ night, the Saint Stephens volleyball team persevered over Fred T. Foard to share the season series between the two schools.
The Lady Indians (16-3, 9-1), who suffered a five-set defeat against the Tigers at home on Sept. 20, avenged the loss with a 3-1 victory over Foard on Thursday, 25-17, 28-26, 22-25, 25-18.
âWe knew we could do it,â said Lady Indians coach Denise Mullins. âWe saw the momentum shift at times and it kind of made us nervous at times. We knew we had the strength and desire to do it. The momentum stayed with us.â
The 19th edition of the United Way Invitational at Southside Park in Newton saw some new blood rise to the top, while one runner continued her dominance at the event.
Repeating as winner in the girlsâ competition was T.C. Robersonâs Brooke Gordon.
Last year, Gordon ran a 17:55.63. She improved upon that time by a few seconds this year, completing the 5K race in a time of 17:51.34.