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Below is a look at Friday's first-round prep football playoff scores involving Catawba County teams:
Nov. 14 scores
Ashe County 34, Maiden 27 (Blue Devils end season 5-7)
Lincolnton 48, Newton-Conover 14 (Red Devils end season 7-4-1)
R-S Central 29, Bandys 26 (Trojans end season 8-4)
South Point 28, Fred T. Foard 12 (Tigers end season 6-6)
Born in Canada and having lived across the United States, the journey of Fred T. Foard goalkeeper Rohman Clarke has led him to Saturdayâ€™s 3A state final in boys soccer.
The Tiger junior is hoping to help lift the program to its first-ever state title when Foard (22-5-2) battles Cardinal Gibbons (23-2-1) at 11:05 a.m. Saturday at the Dail Soccer Complex on the campus of N.C. State University.
On a senior-laden Newton-Conover boys soccer team, itâ€™s easy to spot the quintet of Francisco Tapia, Xavier Tapia, Jason Mejia, Orlando Gildo and Aldayr Ozuna.
The five freshmen for the Red Devils have helped to fill the gaps in what they hope will be a state championship season.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) released its game times for Saturday's 2A and 3A state championship games.
Below are the official match ups and times:
2A state championship game
Newton-Conover (25-1) vs. First Flight (24-0-1), 8:05 p.m.
3A state championship game
Fred T. Foard (22-5-2) vs. Cardinal Gibbons (23-2-1), 11:05 a.m.
Just 13.9 seconds.
That might seem like a short amount of time, but for the Newton-Conover boys soccer team, it was well spent.
Greyson Frye headed in a ball off a pass from Kyle Thorpe in the final minute, lifting the Red Devils to a thrilling 1-0 victory over Franklin in the 2A West Region final on Tuesday at Gurley Stadium.
Experience paid off in a huge way on Tuesday for the Fred T. Foard boys soccer team in its second-straight 3A West Region championship game.
Led by a two-goal performance from Wyatt Shely, the Tigers advanced to their first-ever 3A state title game with a 2-0 win at Weddington.
Coach Jim Caudill predicted the amazing runs made by both the Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard boys soccer teams this postseason.
Caudill, who has coached the Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Associationâ€™s 96 Blast Blue Premier team for the past six seasons, led a group of young men to the North Carolina Youth Soccer Associationâ€™s Kepner Presidentâ€™s State Cup two seasons ago.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Club on Thursday, ESPNâ€™s Jay Bilas visited Rock Barn Golf & Spa.
Bilas, who played basketball at Duke University and is now an college hoops analyst, spoke during the clubâ€™s bi-annual meeting.
Before the meeting, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton was able to interview Bilas on a number of topics.
The game times for the 2A and 3A West Region boys soccer championship games have been released.
Below is a look at both contests:
2A West Region championship
Franklin (21-1) at Newton-Conover (24-1), 6 p.m.
3A West Region championship
Fred T. Foard (21-5-2) at Weddington (22-1-1), 6 p.m.
The Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard boys soccer teams are both a game away from playing for a state title.
The Red Devils edged Forbush, and the Tigers slid past Statesville â€” both by 2-1 scores â€” to advance to the 2A West Region and 3A West Region championship games.