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September 26th, 2010
The Jimmy Clausen era in Carolina got off to a slow start Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. He fumbled a snap at the Bengalsâ€™ 30-yard line, his first pass flew into the chest of Cincinnati defensive end Frostee Rucker, and he threw an interception from just outside the red zone.
All that happened in the first half.
â€śI really donâ€™t get too nervous out there,â€ť Clausen said when asked about butterflies before his first career start. â€śIâ€™m just trying to go out there and execute and make plays.â€ť
Newton-Conover converted four Maiden turnovers into touchdowns as the Red Devils defeated the Blue Devils 48-26 in both teamsâ€™ conference opener.
â€śThat was the difference in the game, I think,â€ť said Newton-Conoverâ€™s Jake Cansler, who intercepted Maiden quarterback Matt Johnsonâ€™s first pass of the game and later recovered two fumbles. â€śWe got the ball back to the offense plenty of times.â€ť
Maiden coach Brian Brown, too, said turnovers were the difference in the contest.
With the score tied at 14 at halftime, Bunker Hill needed to make something happen against East Burke.
It did exactly that.
The Bears scored on the opening drive of the second half Friday and forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to seize control of their conference opener. The Bears scored five touchdowns in the second half en route to a 47-14 win at home Friday over the Cavaliers. Its the first time since 1980 the Bears started a season 5-0.
Conference play begins this week in the Catawba Valley 2-A, with two of the leaguesâ€™ biggest rivals set to square off Friday. Newton-Conover (4-0) travels to Maiden (3-1), and both teams look to start league play on stable ground.
â€śIt starts this week for everybody, so if you win, youâ€™re tied for first place, which is how you want to start,â€ť Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. â€śWeâ€™re getting one of the big guns first this year.â€ť
But fans of both teams know this matchup is more than just the kickoff of this yearâ€™s conference schedule; itâ€™s also about bragging rights.
The first game Thursday at Bandys between the Trojans and the Newton-Conover Red Devils turned into a battle of will. The teams were tied at 25 and neither budged until the Red Devils scored three straight points â€”Â on a kill from Isabella Zaliagiris and back-to-back Bandys errors â€”Â to earn the 30-28 win.
The Red Devils rode that momentum winning the next two games 25-15 and 25-22 to get the 3-0 sweep at Bandys, and they took control of the Catawba Valley 2-A conference.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers found themselves in a familiar position Wednesday â€”Â needing a goal to win a match. They got that crucial goal from Jason Smith in the closing minutes of a conference match at home against the Watauga Pioneers.
The game-winning goal was Smithâ€™s second of the night and gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory at home. Smith scored the Tigersâ€™ first goal of the night in the 22nd minute on a shot seven yards outside the penalty box.
Draughn rode the momentum of two first-half goals in a 2-1 win Wednesday over Newton-Conover. Toua Xiong scored in the 9th minute on a mishandled ball in the box, and Jacob Crisp added an insurance goal in the 27th minute on a crossing pass from Aaron Yang.
Newton-Conover got on the board in the second half with a goal by Christian Marinero off a rebounded shot from Franklin Wepner. The Red Devils had an 8-6 shot advantage in the loss, and a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Red Devils are now 3-2 against the Catawba Valley 2-A, and the Wildcats improved to 4-1.
St. Stephens found itself in a hole Tuesday after a conference match against rival Hickory. The Indians lost the first game 25-23 to the Red Tornadoes, but it rallied to win the next three games and rolled to 3-1 win at home against Hickory.
â€śAll the girls still saw Hickory on the front of the jerseys, then half way through the first game, they said itâ€™s just volleyball,â€ť St. Stephens coach Lauren McLelland said. â€śThey have heart, and thatâ€™s something Iâ€™m proud of. They have heart.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™s Cameron Shuford, left, is this weekâ€™s recipient of WNNCâ€™s Golden Helmet Award presented by Coca-Cola.
Shuford, pictured with head coach Nick Bazzle, caught three touchdown passes Friday from quarterback Adonis Hewitt in a 48-14 win at home over the Fred T. Foard Tigers. The senior also had an interception in the non-conference win as well.
East Burke 3, Bunker Hill 0
Bunker Hill lost its conference match Tuesday against the East Burke Cavaliers. The Bears dropped to 2-6 against the Catawba Valley 2-A and 3-9 overall.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers earned a win Tuesday against their rival St. Stephens Indians. The Tigers defeated the Indians 1-0 at St. Stephens in a matchup between two of the top teams in Catawba County.
Nick Bolick scored the game-winning goal in the second half for the Tigers, and goalkeeper Zach Schellenberger earned the shutout.
The loss was the second in a row for St. Stephens, which lost 3-1 last week at Hibriten. The Indians are now 1-2-0 in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A, and the Tigers improved to 2-1-0 in conference play.