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November 8th, 2011
With a victory Saturday against Northeastern on the volleyball court, Newton-Conover won its eighth state championship.
The volleyball crown, the schoolâ€™s first in history, continued an amazing run of state titles at N-C since the year 2000.
During that span, the Red Devils are the stateâ€™s best in five different sports.
â€śI just think the excitement surrounding a state championship and kids wanting to be a part of it is infectious,â€ť said N-C athletic director Ericia Turner. â€śThe community just surrounds the kids. Itâ€™s a pride thing for them.â€ť
It was a tale of two halfs for Bandys on Friday night in its first round playoff match-up against Ashe County.
After trailing 14-12 at halftime, the Trojans rallied behind four second half touchdowns by running back Dominique Young, and the defense forced four turnovers, leading Bandys to the 40-14 victory in Catawba.
The Trojans opened the game with a bang. After returning the opening kickoff to their own 44-yard line, quarterback David Barrow tossed a 56-yard pass to Hunter Lackey to make it a 6-0 game. The extra point was blocked.
Maiden cruised past East Rutherford in the opening round of the 2A state playoffs. The Blue Devils will play Polk County next Friday in the second round.
Maiden's defense put together a strong performance, and that didn't go unnoticed by coach Brian Brown in the postgame.
"I am proud of our defense tonight; they really stepped it up," Brown said.
Early on, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson found Dakota Painter from 17 yards out to give the Blue Devils (8-4, 6-1) a 7-0 advantage in the first quarter.
Despite 167 rushing yards from running back Jervasse Moss, the Newton-Conover football team's season ended with a 28-13 loss Friday in Harris against Chase.
Newton-Conover (5-6) took an early lead in the game when running back Matt Coulter scored on a 1-yard run. The kick was blocked, leaving the Red Devils with a 6-0 lead.
The Trojans (8-3) answered with two straight scores in the first quarter. Running back Tajae McMullens scored the first â€” a 5-yard run â€” before Chris McMullens scored on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Tyreece Gossett.
Chase led 12-6 at the half.
After successfully earning a playoff berth last week, the dream of a state championship for St. Stephens became a nightmare Friday.
Crest held the Indians to 110 yards of offense, including 70 on the ground from junior running back Jon Sweet. The Chargers collected a 49-0 shutout against St. Stephens in Shelby on Friday, eliminating the Indians from playoff contetion.
After the first quarter ended scoreless, the Chargers scored in three-straight quarters.
Despite leading 13-7 early in its opening round playoff game against Smoky Mountain, Bunker Hill gave up 21 straight points on the way to a 35-13 loss to the Mustangs.
The Bears' season ends with a 6-6 record.
In his final game at Bunker Hill, running back Reggie Davis rushed 25 times for 105 yards. Justin Lynch added 15 carries for 56 yards.
The Mustangs (6-6) were led by a pair of backs, too. Blake Smith rushed 29 times for 142 yards, while Michael George had 13 carries for 103 yards.
Down 1-0 at halftime against West Davidson, the Newton-Conover soccer team rallied.
The Red Devils (21-2-1) to score one goal in the second half and another in the second overtime.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a tough one,â€ť said N-C coach Angelo Palozzi. â€śThey did their scouting report. They had their gameplan, which was to sit back, put a couple guys on Chandler and let the rest of the team beat them.â€ť
West Davidson took a 1-0 lead behind a header goal in the 25th minute by David Monk. The Green Dragons carried the advantage into halftime.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.
The Newton-Conover volleyball team has the date, time and location penciled in after winning 3-1 Tuesday against twice-beaten North Surry.
â€śIt took everybody on my team to win this game today,â€ť said N-C coach Linda Richards, who advanced to her first state title game at the school. â€śThe bench did a great job. We already had a scouting report, so we knew what their tendencies were.
Falling down 1-0 after a competitive first set, the Lady Red Devils (28-5) rallied to win three straight and the match.
Heading into the playoffs Wednesday, the Newton-Conover soccer team sees shades of 2007.
The Red Devils (20-2-1), who won the state championship that season, are experiencing a bounce-back 2011 campaign.
After finishing last year with an 8-14-1 record, coach Angelo Palozzi said the players re-dedicated themselves to the game.
â€śOur captains came up to me in the winter last year and wanted to get things going,â€ť Palozzi said. â€śThey got a lot of the kids together, started working, playing a lot and getting in the weight room.â€ť
BOONE - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Brian Quick racked up 119 receiving yards as No. 5 Appalachian State upset No. 1 Georgia Southern, 24-18, at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and the ASU defense held off a late rally by the Eagles (7-1, 5-1) to pick up their first win over a top-ranked team since defeating a then No. 1 Georgia Southern squad on Oct. 16, 1999.