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November 8th, 2010
Seeing their starting quarterback and running back leave Sunday's game with injuries, the Carolina Panthers put up a pitiful performance that included one field goal and just 68 yards of passing offense.
All total, the Panthers managed just 195 total net yards, mostly on the ground, as the Saints posted a 34-3 victory at Bank of America Stadium.
"Pretty pathetic," said receiver Steve Smith, held without a catch until the final minute. "That would be the only thing I have to say. There are no explanations, no excuses."
Bunker Hill used a three-headed rushing attack to amass almost 600 years on the ground as the Bears defeated Bandys 49-20.
The victory marks the first for Bunker Hill over Bandys in nine straight games, and it solidifies the Bearsâ€™ chances of a playoff berth when pairings are announced Saturday.
Newton-Conover rebounded from last weekâ€™s loss to South Iredell to end the regular season with a win. The Red Devils earned a 35-25 road victory Friday over West Caldwell and finished second in the Catawba Valley 2-A.
The Red Devils went 10-1 in the regular season â€”Â 6-1 in conference play, and they find out Saturday if they are in the 2-A or 2-AA playoffs as well as who they play in the first round.
For the second straight week, Nate Johnson solidified his spot as the Blue Devilsâ€™ starting running back.
Johnson led Maiden in rushing for the second-straight game and made the game-changing play in the second half at home against Draughn.
One play after Draughn cut Maidenâ€™s lead to 21-14, Johnson ran left on a sweep. He ran out of room, escaped tackles, reversed field and ran 73 yards up the right side for his third touchdown of the game.
The Blue Devils led 27-14 after the play and won their final game of the regular season 33-14 over the Wildcats.
The Catawba Valley Buccaneers went swashbuckling through another regular season. Head coach Shannon Hudson and the Buccaneers started the season with a 3-0 loss at the beginning of the season to Cape Fear Community College, but they rallied and won 10 of their next 11 matches en route to a 19-5 overall record.
CVCC ended the season 12-2 in conference play and earned the top seed from the West at this weekend’s Carolinas-Virginia Conference volleyball tournament at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.
Alfredo Dominguez has only one more race to run this season — the state meet. And the junior cross country runner from Newton-Conover wants to finish well despite some pre-race jitters.
“I’m just nervous about it, but I’m actually ready for it,” Dominguez said. “This means a lot. I can’t go in there and mess around. I’m going to try my best, and hopefully everything will pay off.”
Three womenâ€™s basketball teams representing the Greater Hickory Metro competed in the state Senior Games during the weekend. They played a combined 11 games Friday and Saturday at East Carolina Universityâ€™s student activity center, and they combined for zero wins.
The team wants that to change next year.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping some time in the future, whether it is next year or the next year, ultimately we want to win a game,â€ť said Jesse McCarther, head coach of the three teams from the Unifour Red Foxes.
Newton-Conover started the season with a loss to third-ranked Shelby. That loss turned into seven straight losses and eventually into losing its first 11 of 14. But that losing turned into winning late in the 2010 season and eventually led to a playoff berth in the 2-A West.
The Red Devils finished fifth in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference with a 7-6-1 conference record, and they captured the conferenceâ€™s last playoff spot.
Nate Johnson made a transition from the beginning of the season to now. Johnson, a senior running back at Maiden, was used primarily for his speed at the beginning of the season compared to quarterback Matt Johnsonâ€™s power.
That role changed as the season went on, and it showed Friday night at Maiden against the Bunker Hill Bears.
â€śAt first, I was just a speed back when they needed to use me in the backfield,â€ť Nate Johnson said. â€śOver the weeks and weeks, Iâ€™ve been more of the power back running the football more as we are getting ready for the playoffs.â€ť
Bandys put all the pieces of the puzzle together Friday in a 39-19 win over East Burke. The Trojans amassed 460 yards of total offense â€” 229 rushing and 231 passing yards, in the win.
â€śWe played a few good games against some good teams this season,â€ť Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. â€śIâ€™m just happy we put it all together to get a win.â€ť
Trojan quarterback David Barrow worked mostly in the shotgun formation and capitalized on spreading out the Cavalier defense.