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October 26th, 2011
The Hickory soccer team capped what was amazing regular season on Wednesday during â€śSenior Night,â€ť winning 1-0 against Fred T. Foard.
It was the 16th straight win for the Red Tornadoes, who finish their conference schedule undefeated at 12-0.
â€śThey just continue to work hard and are receptive to what we are trying to do and accomplish,â€ť said Hickory coach Brian Jillings of his team. â€śWhen you keep working hard like, good things are going to happen. We have a good combination of defenders, hard-working midfielders and guys who work magic with the ball.â€ť
Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was the special guest speaker for the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Club bi-annual meeting on Tuesday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
Bench was a member of the â€śBig Red Machineâ€ť clubs that played in Cincinnati from 1970-1976. Those teams, which included Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey Sr., Dave Concepcion and manager George â€śSparkyâ€ť Anderson, won two World Series championships and 683 games during the six-year period.
A tough stretch of soccer games for St. Stephens got even harder on Monday, when the Indians hosted second-ranked Hickory.
The Red Tornadoes (18-1-2, 11-0-0) scored five goals, including three in the second half, maintaining their unbeaten mark in conference play with a 5-0 win over St. Stephens.
It was the third straight game that the Indians (7-5-2, 5-4-2) were shut out, following a 0-0 tie against Hibriten and a 2-0 loss to Foard last Wednesday.
"We are in a little bit of a slump right now,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson. â€śHopefully, we can get it together.â€ť
Ten games into his career as quarterback for the St. Stephens Indians varsity football program, Matt Williams is already making huge strides.
The 6-foot, 170-pound freshman is coming into his own after starting the season sharing the snaps for the Indians (3-7, 1-4).
â€śWe knew coming into this season that he was going to be a solid quarterback for us,â€ť said Indians coach Fred Whalen. â€śHe worked out with us at the kids camp over the summer. When he worked with us, we saw the potential he had there.â€ť
The Carolina Panthers shook a three-game losing streak, defeating the Washington Redskins at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, 33-20.
Rookie quarterback Cam Newton completed 18-of-23 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 10 times for 59 yards and another score.
Carolina (2-5) took a 9-6 halftime lead behind three Olindo Mare field goals before exploding in the second half for 24 points.
"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