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October 21st, 2011
"That was a dadgum basketball score."
These are words from Blue Devils coach Brian Brown following Friday's track meet of a football game between Maiden and Bunker Hill in Claremont.
Will Jenkins rushed for 315 yards and four scores, leading the Blue Devils (6-4, 5-1) to the 70-46 conference victory against Bunker Hill.
"It's just crazy," Jenkins said of his performance in Friday's game. "When you keep scoring like that, you are in a different state of mind. You just want to score every time you touch to ball."
Hickory converted two early St. Stephens turnovers into points as the Tornadoes went on to defeat their Northwestern 3A Conference rival Indians, 49-14.
â€śWe feel real fortunate to come in here and play well on senior night,â€ť said Hickory coach John Worley, â€śand weâ€™re happy to get a victory.â€ť
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 Iredellâ€™s 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 hadnâ€™t beaten in three years.
â€śIt feels good that it was a win against Hickory,â€ť said Foard coach Alison Yount. â€śThatâ€™s always a big deal. They are tough. They have gotten better. Theyâ€™ve improved a lot during the course of the season. I think they gave us a really good match tonight.â€ť
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 Mondayâ€™s 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.
â€śI got a cramp,â€ť Zaliagiris said. â€śMy 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€ť
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. Foardâ€™s defense defined itself in the Tigersâ€™ conference contest at St. Stephens.
With the Indians punting from their own end zone, Foardâ€™s Tanner Fleming knew the game was on the line.
â€śI gave it all I had. I knew it was important. I knew it was a big play to make,â€ť 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.
â€śIt felt like a dream,â€ť he continued. â€śWe are not a team that wins often, but right there, it clinched the victory.â€ť
You could say Matt Johnson had the â€śMidas Touchâ€ť on Friday.
The senior quarterback, ran for three touchdowns on three runs in Fridayâ€™s 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.