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September 4th, 2011
Hickory took advantage of Maiden turnovers to pick up its first win of the season.
After a tie against Statesville, and a 42-28 loss to Newton-Conover, Hickory evened its record at 1-1-1 with a 47-20 win at Maiden. The Blue Devils fall to 1-2.
Although the statistics were comparable, Maiden turnovers sent the Blue Devils to defeat.
Maiden rushed for 317 yards, and passed for 68 yards, while Hickory gained 267 yards on the ground and passed for another 155 yards.
A three-yard run and a three-point margin produced the final outcome in the battle between Newton-Conover and St. Stephens on Saturday.
Newton-Conover quarterback Kevin Cline rushed three yards into the end zone to give the Red Devils a three-point overtime win over the Indians. The touchdown was the second for Cline, who also scored on a one-yard, second-quarter sneak.
The win improves Newton-Conover to 2-1, while St. Stephens falls to 0-3.
For the second straight week, the Fred T. Foard football team lost a tough game on the road.
The Tigers (1-2) committed five turnovers in Fridayâs game against West Lincoln, including four lost fumbles and an interception by quarterback Erik Ware.
It was an ugly game by both teams. While Foard committed five turnovers, West Lincoln also struggled, throwing an interception and fumbling the ball three times, losing two of them.
The Rebels (2-1) took a 6-0 lead in the first half behind an 8-yard run from Evan Lopes. It was Lopesâ lone rush of the game.
Rain in the Catawba County area forced several postponements of Friday night high school football games.
The first cancelled contest was a match-up of unbeaten teams between the Bandys Trojans (2-0) and East Lincoln Mustangs (2-0), which also features coach Randy Lowmanâs 300th game as head coach. The game was postponed to Saturday at 7 p.m. due to power issues at the field.
The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their 2011 NFL preseason Thursday, losing 33-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.
Panthersâ rookie quarterback Cam Newton played the first series for the Panthers (1-3), completing 3-of-5 passes for 25 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Newton also had one rush â a 19-yard scramble in the first quarter.
Derek Anderson also got playing time at quarterback, ahead of Jimmy Clausen, who is nursing some injuries in last weekâs game against Cincinnati.
When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.
Tied in the third game of the Blue Devilsâ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.
Martinâs serving enabled her team build a two-point cushion, giving them enough distance to win the game and match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21.
âWe battled back when we needed toâ said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. âEven though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.â
After leading Fred T. Foard to a 3A state wrestling title, the Tigersâ coach is being rewarded for his efforts.
Mike Carey, coach of the Foard wrestling program since 2008, was named the North Carolina 3A wrestling coach of the year by Mat News. The announcement came earlier this week.
âItâs the âcherry on topâ to our good season,â Carey said of the honor. âThis is a product of all the work the boys did. It was their work. This is another way to honor them.â
Despite falling behind 2-1 in its match against Bandys on Thursday, Newton-Conover never relinquished hope.
The Lady Red Devils (5-1, 2-0) won the final two games against the Lady Trojans (1-1, 1-1) to win the CVAC match in dramatic fashion, 25-21, 19-25, 9-25, 25-18, 15-13.
âBandys played hard,â said Newton-Conover coach Linda Richards. âThey are a good team. We are lucky to come out of here with a win.â
After losing the first game to Newton-Conover, Bandys picked up two impressive wins in the second and third games.
It was deja vu all over again for Bunker Hill.
For the second straight year, the Bears traveled down Springs Road and defeated St. Stephens, 28-14.
Leading the way for the Bears was their rushing attack, which racked up 212 yards on the ground, including 148 yards from running back Reggie Davis and 64 yards from Justin Lynch.
"We are going to run the football," said Bears coach Travis Connor. "We're going to do that, but we've got to throw the ball better. We've got to pick our spots to throw it better. When you have two backs like Reggie and Justin, you've got to feed them."
After a lop-sided, 55-13 loss to East Lincoln last week, Newton-Conover brought a different Red Devil team to Hickory High School on Friday night.
"Did this look like the team you saw last week?" Bazzle answered a question with the same question after the contest.
Piling up more than 400 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the second half against Hickory, an enthusiastic Red Devil team delivered a resounding answer: No.