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September 21st, 2011
When two of the best volleyball teams in the Northwestern Conference took center stage Tuesday, it was anyoneâ€™s guess at what would happen.
After four thrilling games played until the very last points, it was Fred T. Foard getting the better of St. Stephens. The Lady Tigers handed the Lady Indians their first conference loss, 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 26-24.
â€śHoly cow,â€ť said Foard coach Alison Yount. â€śThere are no words. Cardiac arrest. I think I had a heart attack about 17 times on the bench, at least.â€ť
Maiden High School made the announcement Monday that it is forfeiting one of its win from the 2011 season â€” the first time in Blue Devilsâ€™ football history that a win has been vacated.
The Blue Devils (2-3) defeated St. Stephens on Sept. 9, 36-10, but used an ineligible player during the game.
The school notified the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and St. Stephens High School of the playerâ€™s involvement in the game and that it had forfeited the victory.
Cam Newton shined Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, but the rookie's mistakes caught up with him.
After leading 13-0 early in the game, the Panthers (0-2) gave up turnovers on four of the next six possessions, including three interceptions by the rookie quarterback. Green Bay (2-0) took advantage of the takeaways, scoring 23 unanswered points on its way to a 30-23 win at Bank of America Stadium.
"The Rock" at Appalachian State is just as solid in night, if not more, than it is in the day.
The Mountaineers (2-1) knocked off their second straight MEAC team, Savannah State (0-3), in only the third Saturday night game held at Kidd-Brewer Stadium since 2001.
Saturday's victory comes one week after ASU demolished the TIgers' fellow-conference member North Carolina A&T.
Carolina's Cam Newton was stopped short of the yard to gain on fourth down, and with 3:09 the hopes for a Panthers upset faded. Two plays later Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers tossed a short pass to Jordy Nelson who raced the length of the field to score on an 84-yard strike. With that, hopes for the Panthers' first win disappeared completely - along with fans from Bank of America Stadium.
Many of those departing fans never saw Carolina engineer an eight-play, 83-yard drive. Newton scored on a four-yard run in the game's final minute, but the Panthers offense never saw the field again.
Going into Fridayâ€™s game at Gurley Stadium, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson never beat the Red Devils of Newton-Conover.
â€śNot in middle school and not in high school,â€ť the senior said. â€śI have never done it.â€ť
He made up for all those losses â€”Â and then some.
Johnson rushed for 337 yards and six touchdowns to help lift the Blue Devils to a 62-39 victory over Newton-Conover.
The win was the first by Maiden in the series since 2006, and it was also the first time Maidenâ€™s Brian Brown scored a victory as head coach against Newton-Conover.
Bandys celebrated Homecoming on Friday, but Draughn spoiled the party.
The Wildcats (3-2, 1-0) collected two second-half turnovers to overcome a 7-3 halftime deficit and hold on for an 18-13 conference victory over Bandys (4-1, 0-1).
â€śThe biggest thing is that we had the lead and an opportunity to win,â€ť said Bandys coach Randy Lowman. â€śWe just made fatal mistakes.â€ť
Bandys took a halftime lead by running the football and shutting down Draughnâ€™s offense.
Even at its worst, Foard was the best.
The Lady Tigers volleyball team (8-3, 3-1) earned another Northwestern Conference volleyball victory in decisive fashion at home Thursday against Hibriten, 25-13, 25-12, 25-7.
In spite of the victory, Foard coach Alison Yount was not pleased with her teamâ€™s efforts.
â€śThe score doesnâ€™t look like we played bad, but in my opinion, we played pretty poorly,â€ť Yount said. â€śWe worked hard in the third game and played a lot better than we did in the first two games. Our heads just werenâ€™t in the gameâ€ť
If possession is ninth-tenths of the law, the Foard soccer team would be guilty as charged.
The Tigers (6-4-1, 1-1-0) controlled the soccer ball for 72-of-80 minutes played Wednesday on their way to 5-0 Northwestern Conference win over Alexander Central (3-6-2, 0-2-0).
â€śAlexander Central tried to play a high line,â€ť said Foard coach Scottie Goforth. â€śThey tried to run the on-side trap on us. However, we adjusted our runs, adjusted a little bit on possession and focused more on just possessing the ball.â€ť
Three numbers â€” 2,029, 3,697 and one â€” are being eyed by Bunker Hill running back Reggie Davis.
The senior, who surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for his career last Friday against Fred T. Foard, is chasing the schoolâ€™s single-season rushing mark of 2,029 yards and the career rushing record of 3,697 yards.
Davis said his accomplishment Friday made him even hungrier.