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September 9th, 2011
Luke used his force Thursday.
St. Stephens sophomore forward Luke Bruce scored four goals in the first half and assisted on another goal in the second half, leading the Indians to a 5-2 win over Newton-Conover on the soccer field.
â€śI donâ€™t know where that came from,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson of Bruceâ€™s performance. â€śHe kept telling me he wanted to play forward. I didnâ€™t believe him. He went up at the Crest game and had two goals and two assists. I felt obligated to start him at forward again. Heâ€™s done well for us.â€ť
Despite early leads in the first and second games, Maiden lost a tough home conference volleyball match Wednesday to East Burke, 25-27, 25-27, 25-18, 19-25.
â€śWe played well, but we made mistakes,â€ť said Maiden coach Marsha Davis.
Leading the Lady Blue Devils (4-3, 3-2) was McKenzie Garrison, who had 23 kills and three digs. Alex Williams added 15 kills.
Maidenâ€™s Hannah Martin and Kalie Johnson combined for 45 assists, while Rachel Houston had six blocks defensively.
Newton-Conover continued its great play on the volleyball court Tuesday against Bunker Hill.
The Lady Red Devils (6-1, 3-0) won their third-straight conference match, knocking off the Lady Bears in three games at home, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.
â€śThey swung at us,â€ť said N-C coach Linda Richards. â€śBunker Hill was aggressive and played hard.â€ť
Corbin Evans led the way for Newton-Conover with nine kills and seven aces.
Evans explained why her team has been successful.
Appalachian State found out the hard way that this isnâ€™t 2007 and that Lane Stadium isnâ€™t the Big House in Michigan.
Bidding for the upset victory, the Mountaineers (0-1) fell behind 38-0 to No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-0) in the first half and the Hokies never looked back, cruising to a 66-13 win in Blacksburg on Saturday.
â€śIt was just an awful afternoon,â€ť said ASU coach Jerry Moore. â€śFrom the first series, a fumble on the second snap of the game. On their first play, they score. It was just an avalanche from there. It snowballed and just got worse and worse.â€ť
Hickory took advantage of Maiden turnovers to pick up its first win of the season.
After a tie against Statesville, and a 42-28 loss to Newton-Conover, Hickory evened its record at 1-1-1 with a 47-20 win at Maiden. The Blue Devils fall to 1-2.
Although the statistics were comparable, Maiden turnovers sent the Blue Devils to defeat.
Maiden rushed for 317 yards, and passed for 68 yards, while Hickory gained 267 yards on the ground and passed for another 155 yards.
A three-yard run and a three-point margin produced the final outcome in the battle between Newton-Conover and St. Stephens on Saturday.
Newton-Conover quarterback Kevin Cline rushed three yards into the end zone to give the Red Devils a three-point overtime win over the Indians. The touchdown was the second for Cline, who also scored on a one-yard, second-quarter sneak.
The win improves Newton-Conover to 2-1, while St. Stephens falls to 0-3.
For the second straight week, the Fred T. Foard football team lost a tough game on the road.
The Tigers (1-2) committed five turnovers in Fridayâ€™s game against West Lincoln, including four lost fumbles and an interception by quarterback Erik Ware.
It was an ugly game by both teams. While Foard committed five turnovers, West Lincoln also struggled, throwing an interception and fumbling the ball three times, losing two of them.
The Rebels (2-1) took a 6-0 lead in the first half behind an 8-yard run from Evan Lopes. It was Lopesâ€™ lone rush of the game.
Rain in the Catawba County area forced several postponements of Friday night high school football games.
The first cancelled contest was a match-up of unbeaten teams between the Bandys Trojans (2-0) and East Lincoln Mustangs (2-0), which also features coach Randy Lowmanâ€™s 300th game as head coach. The game was postponed to Saturday at 7 p.m. due to power issues at the field.
The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their 2011 NFL preseason Thursday, losing 33-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.
Panthersâ€™ rookie quarterback Cam Newton played the first series for the Panthers (1-3), completing 3-of-5 passes for 25 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Newton also had one rush â€” a 19-yard scramble in the first quarter.
Derek Anderson also got playing time at quarterback, ahead of Jimmy Clausen, who is nursing some injuries in last weekâ€™s game against Cincinnati.
When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.
Tied in the third game of the Blue Devilsâ€™ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.
Martinâ€™s serving enabled her team build a two-point cushion, giving them enough distance to win the game and match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21.
â€śWe battled back when we needed toâ€ť said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. â€śEven though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.â€ť